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    07-26-2010, 08:31 AM
navicular changes

Navicular changes= my lovely pony is 12yrs and as just been diagnosed with this, the vet has suggested special shoes, but have any of you out there got any experience of this, I,m thinking about trying to aid his recovery by leaving him barefoot, with lots of help from a knowledge gud farrier. Any suggestions???
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    07-26-2010, 09:19 AM
Hi there, Its quite a shock isn't it when you get a diagnosis of Navicular.I'm in the same position with my 12 year old mare. She was diagnosed in April and I thought about going barefoot too, particularly as she is dangerous to shoe and needs a vet present at the moment to sedate her. Opinions from the vet, surgeon and remedial farrier were very much against her going barefoot.Working from the xrays on his laptop, my farrier has shod her and since treatment began she has been sound and happy. I'm riding her in straight lines, hacking only at present, no schooling, the plan is to increase her workload gradually and see how she manages. She has had two steriod injections into the joint, though, this may have to be repeated at some stage, it will be done spareingly in order to keep it effectiveness. She also has a supplement for her joints and I've put her on grass livery so she doesn't have restricted turnout during the winter. My hope, she will be able to be managed well enough to keep working for a long as possible. Some friends have horses with navicular that have had another 14 years + of ridden work, though much depends on each particular case.
Like you, I'm learning as I go along as I've never had a horse with NS before, so will watching this thread with interest. I'm open to all ideas and experiences.
    07-26-2010, 05:53 PM
Hiya, thanks for your reply, nice to hear from someone with the same problem although in the long run I don't want to look at it as a problem but more a way of learning to manage it in a way that suits connor best. He too is on a joint supp called cosequine ( I think that's how its spelt)
We are having the farrier tomorrow, I also spoke to the vet today about barefoot but she really wasnt happy to even discuss it!!!!! So lets see how we go with the shoes, then the vets coming to access him in 2 weeks time.... good luck and keep in touch with any suggestions welcome.

Tracey (long eaton, Nottingham)
    07-26-2010, 09:50 PM
LOL ! Small world, you are just up the road from me, (Sutton Bonnington). It'd be good to hear how you and Connor progress, wonder if we have the same vet and farrier ?
    07-27-2010, 07:38 AM
Hi again, our vet is wendy at scarsdale, she seems really good and thorough. Who are you with? Connors stabled at draycott house, draycott well until the 11th aug then we move to the pines! Stil in draycott. Farrier is simon warwick from breaston, who we will be seeing later this afternoon for his first set of posh front shoes lol!!! then we can go for a little walk... yehhhhh talk soon for update of how both horses are progressing. Tracey and connor
    07-27-2010, 07:40 AM
Look up oakwood vet in Colona, il. I know it's not near you but dr carls there just fought an 8 yr battle of navicular with his wifes horse and I believe barefoot. He may be able to give
You some advice.
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    07-27-2010, 09:12 AM
Originally Posted by Poco1220    
Look up oakwood vet in Colona, il. I know it's not near you but dr carls there just fought an 8 yr battle of navicular with his wifes horse and I believe barefoot. He may be able to give
You some advice.
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Thanks for the info, will have a look.

Tracey, I'm with vets at Silby and have a farrier from Newwark who is doing wonders with her, despite her attempts to thwart his efforts. Indy is a hannoverian x Tb mare, a BSJA and AES reg mare, who prior to me getting her, was most likely jumped into the ground.
Love your new (and former) yards, just had a nosey on the map. We've just moved from a fab 50 horse yard with limited winter TO, to grass livery,but have a stable too, -13 acres and 8 horses, small, shabby, no proper school (help !) but horse heaven and with the bonus of being wonderfully cheap. Plan is to keep Indy grazing and moving as she gets stiff if stabled too long.It'll be her first winter with me, so will see how she manages, but she is already much more chilled on a small yard. You are very welcome to visit anytime.
    07-27-2010, 09:28 AM
I am pro barefoot. Vets and farriers will not be they will fight you on going barefoot. Can you tell if your horse has under run heels? If you can post pics of his feet. There are some extremely knowledgeable people on here that can help.
Google natural trimmers and navicular- pete ramey- Jaimie Jackson - strausser etc for more info. Good Luck

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