I just brought my horse frm pasture for 5 yrs. He is a TB gelding and is from the track. He never raced
Hi, I don't have any experience of nav bone cysts but an a hoof care practitioner. Bit confused with the above. I gather he's been at pasture for the last 5 years? How old is he? He's off the track but never raced - does that mean he's been trained & done track work but never actually been in a race?
He came with very long feet and aluminum shoes with pads...
He had some X-rays done of the fronts and it showed "Solar Fractures of the coffin bone", which are the lesser of the issues.
I'm assuming he must have done some heavy training for this to have occurred, as it's not likely to have happened purely from neglect. Was there evidence of fractures which have since healed, or are they currently fractured? If so I'd be interested to know what he's been doing lately, as if he's been just out to pasture for 5 years they should be well healed. Why was he shod?
I will be having an ultrasound done on this foot to see if we can tell if there are any lesions or tears in the Deep Digital Flexar Tendon.
Like I said, don't know specifically about cysts, but could it have come about through neglected hoofcare and being left in shoes? If so, correcting these issues & managing him correctly 'should' make a difference & whether or not there are lesions in the DFT, if managed properly, they 'shouldn't' pose a problem.
I know from experience that TB's frm the track have the solar fractures and this is common for a TB foot. My horse is very thinned soled and will now require some corrective shoes.
Ain't necessarily so. It is likely that his thin soles are directly related to the neglect and being left in shoes. If his feet were long, they were(are?) also likely flared(separated), soles 'dropped'. Unfortunately this is common for domestic horses, not just ex-racers. Also if he's been left on soft pasture & not exercised, there may have been no need for his soles to grow thicker & stronger. There seems to be a 'use it or lose it' clause in effect where hooves are concerned. The more exercise the more they grow.
He really does well on soft surfaces like grass and sand but because of his thin soles he has so much difficulty walking over gravel type areas.
May not be just his thin soles, but tender heels/under developed digital cushions. This is very common, especially if he's lived on soft footting with little exercise. Good management/hoofcare and lots of exercise will help him develop both digital cushions and thicker soles. He will need protection to begin with tho, and hoof boots IME are by far the best for this, if possible. Boots are also far preferrrable to shoes generally, for a number of reasons.
Among other great sites to learn about hoof function & correct management & trimming, you can check out hoofrehab.com From my experience, when they have time to do so, they're also happy to answer email questions, so you could ask them about nav. cysts.