Originally Posted by starlinestables View Post
Dang it my response didn't post!!! The angle looks better with the pads.. how is he feeling? I seconded Bntnail...except guessed left because, to me, there looked like there might possibly be navicular degeneration but that's almost impossible to tell from the side angle but the joint spaces don't look fantastic either. Is he on any joint supplements?
She's doing better--the vet watched the most recent video and said she looks good, for what that's worth. Yeah, we're on a joint supplement, fortified feed, just finished a seven-dose course of Adequan, blah blah blah. In short, doing everything right and STILL having problems. :roll:
I think some of the navicular changes/ bone density/ arthritis problems people see are artifacts of the image. The pictures I posted are digital photos of X-rays printed out on cheap computer paper....so not so high quality. When we've had view done of the navicular bone in the past, it shows mild changes consistent with a nine-year-old performance horse, but nothing to suggest serious degeneration or true navicular disease.
Well, thought I didnt' explain it very well, what I saw was exactly what you described as the issue.! I must have got lucky.
My friend's lease horse is coming up lame lately and someone else noticed how flat his heels were on the rear , especially. She said that the horn tubules were growing much too close to parallel to the ground, and should be about 50 degrees upright . So, like your horse, it stresses the ligaments of the canon, even the hock and even causes pelvic/back trouble as the horse moves incorrectly , while compensating and trying to avoid the pain. This person said the hrose needed wedges under those heels, just like the photo. I have forwarded the link to your thread, I hope you don't mind.
Don't mind at all. The hoof is so so so important....the old-timers sure were right on that count. I almost didn't want to spring for radiographs this time, because after all the repeated injuries, I didn't see what could be gained. Dang, am I glad I did. And so whenever money is available, I always recommend people to get the most thorough diagnostics done and as early as possible.
Did you get any idea from the vet/farrier how long before the horse would not be sore or lame, once the corrective shoeing is done? I mean, I think some comfort is immediate.
Some improvement did occur immediately. But keep in mind we don't know exactly what is wrong. We just know two things: 1. Horse is lame. 2. Radiographs show bad coffin angles. Presumably related, but in what way? I think she tore a ligament/tendon again, but how badly? And would she have shown the same improvement in that acute injury without the shoes? Probably....
You can judge for yourself how she looks now. She was head-bobbing on the 2nd, and here she is on the 11th:
Doc watched and cleared her to ride. We shall see.
And what is the long term prognosis?
Ha! Ha ha ha! Your guess is as good as mine! Knowing her, she'll be dead lame again by next weekend.
Do you know how the horse got this way?
I don't, and wish I did. We've been doing various forms of corrective shoeing for over a year now, but not always with radiographs to guide. A big part of her problem is that she just won't grow any heel. Genetic predisposition, maybe? To look at her leg conformation, it's really not too shabby.
I am reeally looking to learn as much as I can about this problem.
You and me both, sista.