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    12-29-2008, 07:47 AM
Yes, I have an Impressive gelding that was diagnosed with navicular as a 5yo due to improper shoeing. We had to be meticulous about his shoeing but he made a really good horse and was seldom lame. Reining, roping, and some WP. Plus lots of trail riding. When he was younger, my dad would keep him shod with a slightly shorter toe to help with the breakover point and as he got older, we started using a very mild wedge pad. He was finally retired last year at 24 years old. He does have some arthritis along with navicular because he was one of those "horse show babies" that was started at about 1.5 years old. :"( He still runs and plays in the pasture and has always stayed pretty sound. Lots of trail riding on steep hills or uneven terrain did seem to aggravate it but clasymover is right. Navicular is not the end of the road. Good luck with your baby. :)

Ps: I agree with kickshaw. I would avoid the barrels just to keep from making it worse with unneccessary stress on the joints but WP and trail would be fine. Probably would even be good for him. How old is he anyway?
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    12-29-2008, 08:55 AM
I've dealt with navicular and in many cases can be helped with corrective shoeing or trimming.
    12-31-2008, 07:19 PM
[quote=clasymover;218524]Many vets diagnose horses with any kind of heel pain as being "navicular". Typically it is navicular syndrome, not actually navicular disease which is when there is actually changes in the navicular bone. Quote]

I do know the vet said it had something to due with his navicular bone not so much his foot I do appreciate everyones advice hopefully I caN keep him sound enough this spring to show crossing my fingers
    12-31-2008, 07:56 PM
I bet he will be fine. You just have to be more sensitive to his needs. Keep us updated on how he is doing.
    12-31-2008, 08:24 PM
Thanks smrobs I willl hope to get some picts up of him soon
    01-08-2009, 12:33 PM
Heel pain is caused most times by encapsulated thrush in the frog which also deteriorates the digital cushion, treat the frog, get good frog pressure to continue to pump out the bacteria.
    01-08-2009, 01:27 PM
I have a 27yo Percheron rescue with navicular.
Navicular is a specific diagnosis, not a catch-all for unspecified hoof pain. The navicular bone is in the back of the hoof below the heel bulbs. The rear suspensory ligaments run down into it. When that bone and the ligaments attached to it deteriorate it causes heel pain and the horse will go toe first.

As it progresses the pain will become more frequent and more severe. The horse will shift his weight from one leg to the other to relieve the pain in the hoof.

Diagnosis of navicular is not reversible. It will get better and worse intermittently as the degeneration progresses. Navicular horses should not be ridden hard and have their feet stressed.
Shoes can help for a time but the diagnosis is not a good one.

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