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post #21 of 41 Old 03-19-2012, 12:16 PM
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One of ours has really bad Navicular. She's been getting progressively worse, and now is in constant pain, and it will never get better.
We're wrestling with the question of what do we do in her best interests?
At what point is it more cruel to allow her to suffer, than it is to let her be a pasture pet?
This is a horse that is so well trained, she can be ridden bareback without a halter or bridle, gentle as can be, and an attention hound.
Our hearts are breaking as we procrastinate on making a decision, but alas, it is one that must be made, and soon.
We've tried hoof care, special shoes, and a variety of other things to help her along, all to no avail of relief for her.
And, she's only 12 years old.
I am wrestling with the same thing.
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post #22 of 41 Old 03-28-2012, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Update- My horse has severe navicular disease. I took him to the vet today and it's really advanced. The vet said that she would probably use the x-rays to show students how bad navicular can get.
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post #23 of 41 Old 03-29-2012, 01:48 AM
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Sorry to hear that. Best wishes for successful rehab.
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Update- My horse has severe navicular disease. I took him to the vet today and it's really advanced. The vet said that she would probably use the x-rays to show students how bad navicular can get.
I am mad at the person who sold you the horse because it sounds like they knew the horse had severe problems. And if you're like me, your more hurt because you love the horse than whatever money you spent on him. That's really low for someone to sell you a horse like that, especially because you ARE a newbie. That's just plain cruel. I hope you will still love horses after this experience and know that there ARE good people and sound horses out there.

Horses can be such a pleasure when things go right. I'm sorry your first experience was a bad one. It's not the horse's fault. It's the person who sold him to you knowing he was not sound.
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post #25 of 41 Old 03-29-2012, 09:06 AM
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Navicular disease is manageable. Navicular syndrome is 100% cureable. They are two entirely different things. Unfortunately often times a horse with Navicular Syndrome are often times written off as Navicular disease.
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Navicular disease is manageable. Navicular syndrome is 100% cureable. They are two entirely different things. Unfortunately often times a horse with Navicular Syndrome are often times written off as Navicular disease.
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The vet did say that if it wasn't in such an advanced then we would be able to work with it, but it was an especially bad case. He doesn't need to be put down, but he can only do the lightest of work and needs to be carefully evaluated after. I like to ride for hours and he most definitely cannot handle that. I am pulling his shoes and having them trimmed in a way that is supposed to alleviate some of the pressure. He was barefoot for quite a while, prior coming to this particular ranch, so his hooves are not constricted. He has only been shod since November 2011. I don't have any information on when he was last shod prior to that. I still plan to do whatever I can for him and maybe he will feel better.
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Aww. So sorry. I would also be very angry at the person who sold you this horse.....That is just wrong. They definitely took advantage. Did you have Pre purchase done?

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post #28 of 41 Old 03-29-2012, 10:44 AM
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My boy Macho has avery aggressive form of Navicular.
He to is getting progressivelu worse and then he rally's.
Get a good lamenes vet with a Good track record.
I wishI had had his shoes pulled for a better xrays.
Navicular usually takes years. If I had a good vet to begin with I could have done more in therapy shoes. The vet saw alittle arthritis and said my qh moved like a paso. Oh yea the trot becomes shortened.
From the get go I knew something was wrong.
He was very stiff and had trouble picking up his leads.
He stsrted walking more on his toes hence had a contracted heels kind of a club foot
I have tried navicular saver, hla , cortoflex you name it. No luck.
His coat is beautiful that's it. I walk him apply linament and keep his weight down. But the other day he was so bad I called the chiropractor by time she got there he was better.
Oh yea that seems to hsppen alot .
He starts walking better when someone shows up.
Bute helps but is not a fix.

I know I will have to make that decision soon even his back end.is.stiffening up.

Walking is good on straight on a good level soft surface I had

Quite lunging him. Movement is.critical for the circulation.
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post #29 of 41 Old 03-29-2012, 10:46 AM
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Get a good vet and farrier to work together
Wishing the best of luck
Macho`s 4ever Mama
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post #30 of 41 Old 03-29-2012, 10:50 AM
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I am wrestling with the same thing.
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God bless you sounds like your mare has the same thing my boy has, so young.
Didn't realize I woild have to put another one am tired of the horse game
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