Nicker, I spent an hour last night reading VERY interesting articles and decided not to send them to you, for fear of long posts and how you might take all that unsolicited advice. But, bottom line, the DVM/chiro/farrier research is showing that what is thought to be navicular syndrome (of course without x-rays proving it) are sometimes deep thrush that is not obvious until the farrier gets to digging in the sulci/grooves of the hoof. Once that is cleared up and the hoof angles are corrected, there has been great success with "curing the navicular" because, of course, it wasn't really navicular. The hard part is finding a great farrier who understands how to properly trim for this and how to treat really deep thrush. Here's one of the web sites that I found fascinating - Healthy Hoof - Solutions for Barefoot Performance. There's lots of clinical information in the first few paragraphs which is intended for farriers or vets, but after that the pictures and explanations are worth 1000 words. Here's a quote from the article that I think you will like (BTW, "Pete" is Pete Ramey, a well-known barefoot trim guru, who has concocted a thrus treatment that's referred to in the article):
"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!