Originally Posted by princess warrior
She has shoes on at the moment and is stood up well, I have read some articles about bare foot, what would you do if she was yours? I havent talked to my farrier yet.
What would I do? Get the shoes off & start correcting the 'stood up' problem for starters. Use hoof boots &/or pads to enable her to begin to *comfortably* use her heels & therefore begin to use her feet correctly & enable her heels to begin to strengthen & get the stress off her toes.
Yes, when treated conventionally, 'navicular' is generally - in the end at least - a death sentence. It is 'incureable' with conventional measures and can only be managed palliatively until it becomes too bad & the horse is put down(often ultimately due to acute founder because of treatment!). But if managed effectively to enable the hooves to function *properly & comfortably*, able to make heel first impacts, the condition can actually be 'cured' so that the horse can return to(or often become for the first time) real soundness. Of course, it does depend on the progression of the 'disease' as to the likelihood of full rehab, and you can't regrow the damaged nav. Bone or P3, but the bone damage doesn't appear to effect the horse at all so long as the hooves can function properly.
To learn more, as well as prevent this sort of 'syndrome' happening to your horses again in the future, with correct management and farriery - avoiding farriers who want to 'stand up' your horse for eg - hoofrehab.com is a great, comprehensive place to start.
If you would like to post hoof pics, you'd get some more specific suggestions on what changes need to be made.