"I now (Fall, 2008) have more than 30 horses that have been seen by qualified vets and at vet facilities who were diagnosed with "navicular syndrome" or an unspecified lameness, including several horses that have been lame for years, who were "cured" by a good barefoot trim followed by treatment for Thrush using Oxine, Usnea, Pete's Goo triple antibiotic, Dawn dish detergent, Lysol or White Lightning. See the Thrush Treatments page here for more info.
In many cases, thrush is misdiagnosed as Navicular."
Critter, the hay wrap would make a great spiderweb at Halloween! That was kind of cool. I hope she wasn't wearing her spurs; can you imagine being tangled up in that with spurs on? LOL
TJ, you did very well with the stalls and horse safety. It's always safer to move them out just in case they would be startled and over-react, but it sounds like you read Black Beauty perfectly on your own, and took the appropriate action! I leave mine in the stalls while cleaning (we rarely have them inside) but as I move around the stall to the various piles, I ask the horse to move with me so that they are facing me or I'm standing at the shoulder. They are very tolerant and act like they're amused by the whole thing. They aren't usually eating, though; I worry that a horse with its head buried in a feed bucket can't see and is more easily startled. So, Yay, you!