Well, the good news is after a month of treating my hunter's lameness in all the wrong ways (getting his annual joint injections early, treating him for abscesses, etc) I finally know what's causing the problems. Unfortunately, it's not exactly a happy diagnosis.
The vet did a lameness exam and then x-rays, and my horse undeniably has navicular.
I was just wondering who else has experience with a navicular horse- what to expect, things to be weary of, how much work I might expect to get out of him now, etc.
I've shown him in the hunters and eq from local up to AA shows in the 3'-3'6" classes for years. This past year was out first year away at college together, so the showing has slowed down dramatically, but both of our hearts are into jumping, and we've kept up ourselves in show shape up until he started getting very noticeably off a month or so ago.
The vet injected his coffin joints and said to get a 2 degree wedge, so I've been calling around to find a good farrier for him. The vet said to give him a few days off after the injections, as always, and then see what he was like, that he might still be off, but the shoes would help. I was also advised by a cousin that owns a navicular horse to get the bursa injected also, if he still wasn't sound. This was just a few days ago, so I still haven't tried lunging him or riding him yet to see how he's moving. Needless to say I'm quite nervous about it.
From all the reading I've done, it seems like each case of navicular is unique. Some horses are completely retired by it, some are able to function just as before with proper treatment.
So basically, I just want to hear from other people who know how it is having a horse with navicular, and what I can expect to happen over the course of my time with him.
At least, it made my decision about when to sell him much easier; he's definitely stuck with me now. :)