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    08-21-2012, 01:07 AM
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Foal
Unhappy Please Help, Calcification in Navicular bone?

Hi,
We took my horse to the vet after a bit of lameness in the one leg, and the vet said that he has Calcification in his Navicular bone. Is there any way we could correct it or fix it? Any supplements?
We got an injection and I rode him today after giving him a few days off and he was perfect but I still am worried that it might come back.
He also had very bad shoeing before we got him and we just got it fixed this month, we also have special pads on his front shoes.
Thanks!
     
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    08-21-2012, 04:02 AM
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Trained
Hi,

Although bone remodelling does happen, and 'calcification' is not real bone either, to my knowledge no, it cannot be 'corrected' This is known as 'navicular disease' and is a common & serious problem. Conventionally the 'disease' is looked upon as incurable and so treatments are palliative and must be gradually escalated to keep the horse comfortable, until such time as nothing more can be done.

However, there is a lot of evidence these days to show that horses with 'navicular' can be returned to soundness & progression of the damage arrested. Hoofrehab.com has some good info. Also look up Dr Bowker's work. Here's one of his papers; http://www.grayson-jockeyclub.org/ne...3000186_sm.pdf
     
    08-22-2012, 09:26 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by loosie    
Hi,

Although bone remodelling does happen, and 'calcification' is not real bone either, to my knowledge no, it cannot be 'corrected' This is known as 'navicular disease' and is a common & serious problem. Conventionally the 'disease' is looked upon as incurable and so treatments are palliative and must be gradually escalated to keep the horse comfortable, until such time as nothing more can be done.

However, there is a lot of evidence these days to show that horses with 'navicular' can be returned to soundness & progression of the damage arrested. Hoofrehab.com has some good info. Also look up Dr Bowker's work. Here's one of his papers; http://www.grayson-jockeyclub.org/ne...3000186_sm.pdf
Thanks! Its been a few days now after he got an injection, and he seems fine. No Lameness, he can now be ridden again!
     
    08-22-2012, 09:49 PM
  #4
Trained
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Originally Posted by TwoDiamond    
Thanks! Its been a few days now after he got an injection, and he seems fine. No Lameness, he can now be ridden again!
Remember though that the injection is palliative.
     

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