I'm thinking the thrush has been there a while by the reaction of my farrier....he was like wow! He suggested a copper sulfate mix...something like that anyway. He has an old scar on his back heel that it appears the thrush has moved into....
As for X-rays...I've done a little reading on getting them done to look for navicular, but they don't always show what we need to see.....so I'm not sure about that..also, if I keep all these vet bills up, my DH is going to start possibly get irritated !
I'm going to,sit on that for a bit.
I think I said it in my last post, I'm going to see how he reacts to getting a new trimming. We go in a couple weeks. Hoping like all of you said, it is just poor feet, and not navicular. The farrier was saying that navicular is often caused by man...meaning letting the toe grow too long, then shortening it...then growing long, allowing the process all over again. Moving that navicular bone and stretching the tendons back and forth too much causes the pain, which is essentially arthritis. And thus, the nav bone starts to move.... That was not eloquently stated, but you get what I mean I think.
He also mentioned how he reads navicular is that the frog isn't growing, or grows very slowly...and that is the heart of a healthy hoof. But again, we will see.
I think I will chat with my snobby horse friend (hahah) and see if she thinks I should have another vet or farrier look at him...as she's used different ones in the area...but she does use my farrier. She might know someone who is better at this tho...
LT, I would totally love anything you found. I'm a researchaholic myself...so I'm going to be searching too. So any input is helpful. I'll read it and decide what,is best for our situation.
Thanks everyone for the prayers and words of advice. We will get thru this and figure out what is going on....
I did ride a bit this morning. Not as long as I would have liked, the flies were terrible! JayJay rode sound. I also notice he is starting to bond with me. When I pull in the driveway, he now comes to the barn, and if I'm standing by the fence, he comes up to check things out. Also, I decided to try leading him from his paddock to his stall wo a halter. He walks right beside me, and won't walk into his stall unless I step in first!!!
. .he certainly has stolen my heart!
sweet, sweet boy!
Have a great day!!