Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Contrary to popular belief, navicular is not a death sentence. It will require much more care and caution on your part but he can still have many good years left in him. I have a grandson of Impressive that was diagnosed with Navicular by 3 different vets when he was 5. With some time off and proper shoeing, he was sound until a couple of years ago (he is now 26). Look for a farrier who has experience with shoeing navicular horses. Bute is meant to be a short term pain reliever, not for long term pain management. Extended use can cause colic and gastric ulcers, :( Not cool. One thing that I noticed with Flash is that he seemed to do much better on flat, smooth ground without sudden angle changes that would put unnecessary stress on his joints and tendons. There is tons of information on navicular on the web and just visit with a good farrier about your options. I wish you luck and hope you find someone who can help. :)
On another note, vets (the same as human dr.s) have to give you the worst case scenario. If he was to say that he could possibly have 10 more years in him and he only lasted 6, there are too many people that would hold him accountable and say "Well, you told me that we had 10 years!!" He is just covering his butt and giving you the shorter of 2 numbers. It also wouldn't hurt to get a second opinion because navicular is often a catch-all for mysterious lameness and there could be a different underlying condition. :)
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