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post #31 of 38 Old 03-18-2010, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
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Ahh thank you!!

After I call my ferrier Ill call a few of those!

John Dean actually IS one of the ferriers at my barn. So Ill give him a call aswell. My ferrier is John Trafton, I dont see him listed which is interesting.
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post #32 of 38 Old 03-18-2010, 01:00 PM
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He has to be listed with the AFA to be on the list. Becoming a member of teh AFA takes some pretty extensive training and testing. Your farrier may be just as good but he hasn't done the testing to be AFA certified.

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post #33 of 38 Old 03-18-2010, 02:29 PM
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Take it one step at a time.

That's such sad news, especially at that age. I don't know what to tell you. An old friend of mine bought a warmblood(I'm pretty sure, or he might have been something else), a really nice looking boy. He was meant to be her riding horse. Anyways about a year or so(not 100% sure of the time), he started to have some balance and tripping problems. As it turned out he was diagnosed with a neurological condition.

It is very unfortunate, quite devastating for some horse owners. What she has on her side is a great horse owner, someone who cares about her.

Take it one step at a time, and until you decide which way to go, make the best of your time with her. Hopefully something good will turn out, even if it means she becomes a spoiled pasture horse. I know very little about what her condition, but I think as long as she can be kept comfortable, things will turn out.

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post #34 of 38 Old 03-18-2010, 04:29 PM
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oh my goodness, i know exactly how you feel. my horse has had navicular for ten years, :( she got it when she was first six, so she had to stop eventing and went to her second home, i rode her for three years untill two years ago i bought her. she has her good days and her bad days, the other day she couldnt get up off the floor and today she was fit as a fiddle and acting 8 again :) its not the end of the world i promise you, there will be days when you feel like crying and other days when you forget your horse even has it. its VERY expensive, i could probably keep another horse with the money i spend on medicine and treatments. maysie has put up with it for ten years now and thats a very long time for a horse with navicluar problems as most get put down afer 5 years or so... but after so long with it im scared i'll have to make a very tough decision by the end of this year as she is as bad as ever and its begining to feel cruel to keep her going :'(
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post #35 of 38 Old 03-18-2010, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Kevin - Good to know!

M2G - Thank you :) It was sad to read about that warmblood. We had a 3yr old stud at my old barn who went through that. Im waiting it out and trying to make the best choices for my girl. If she does have to be a pasture horse. I can garentee that Ill make sure she'll be treated with a bunch of love.

L2J - The money is the BIGGEST concern right now. I've already spent $1000 on the vet bills. THe shoes aren't a big concern its the injections but im gonna do as much as I can! GOod luck with your girl!!
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post #36 of 38 Old 03-19-2010, 08:32 PM
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Hi have you looked into Pete Ramey - he has saved many horses in similar situations.
I do not understand much of the physiology but we did follow the instructions in his book - we had to do it ourselves as we did not have a regular farrier in the area - my horse had special shoeing for years and was always lame with one bad foot; it took us longer than if we had an experienced farrier but his feet all ended up looking like wild mustangs.

from one of his articles:
In thousands of dead horses he examined, Dr. Rooney found that the fibrocartilages surrounding the flexor tendon and the navicular bone were ALWAYS damaged if bone remodeling was present. He found not one single case in which the damage to the bone was beginning, and the cartilages at the interface between the navicular bone and the deep flexor tendon were not yet damaged. Not one case in thousands. Read this again if your eyebrows didn’t go up.

Specifically, the order in which damage occurs is; first the fibrocartilage surrounding the navicular bone (as will any arthrosis begin on the more convex surface), second the fibrocartilages surrounding the deep flexor tendon, then the deep flexor itself, and finally the navicular bone is damaged by the rough surface of the damaged deep flexor tendon. How? Why? Dr. Rooney wondered too. Simulating a toe first landing in test machines with dead horse legs, he was able to simulate this exact process that is the beginning of navicular bone remodeling.


I truly hope this will help. I do not think it could hurt.
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post #37 of 38 Old 03-19-2010, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Interesting. Anyone else hear about him???

Ill look into it.
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post #38 of 38 Old 03-27-2010, 05:03 PM
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A QH I had raised since the day he was born, developed Navicular when he was 8 years old; I wound up placing him in a therapy program. When they closed a couple years later, we had him placed with a family that wasn't extremely active. I was showing too much at that time, to have a horse who couldn't perform at his best...and he was one who loved to work, so i couldn't bear to see him stand around in the pasture all the time either. It was a very difficult decision, but I knew it was for the best.

Not sure if that is any encouragement, but I know you are trying to decide what's best for Chance in light of her health, so I figured I would give you my experience on that matter.

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