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post #1 of 46 Old 01-23-2012, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy my heart is breaking

my macho a 10 yr.old quarter horse with naviculardisease. his xrays went from showing some arthritis to completly dark with sidebones growing in the foot. the last 6 months is gone down so fast. I have him on cortoflex, naviv.saver snd hla. my farrier an old timer says no point in doing eggbar shoes her will end up losing more circulation. I havent been riding he seems in so much pain. a good hospital is 3rhours away but I wont put him thru that long of a ride. even on bute he is in pain.
he is just a backyard pony but I want to do right by him.
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post #2 of 46 Old 01-23-2012, 10:07 PM
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I am so sorry. You will do the right thing for your horse. I wish you strength.
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post #3 of 46 Old 01-23-2012, 10:11 PM
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Before you give up--

Consult with other farriers. Yours is not necessarily correct! Find the best lameness vet in your region, ask what farrier s/he recommends, and have the vet work together with the farrier to devise a shoeing/trimming regimen custom tailored for your horse. I am guessing, with the X-rays being so bad, that a neurectomy is not an option? Is he too far gone for Tildren?
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post #4 of 46 Old 01-24-2012, 04:50 AM
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My dad's mare has navicular.. so much so one front hoof is a heck of a lot smaller than the other.

She was as lame as a lame thing for four years, only walking allowed.

We changed yard, changed farrier, changed vet, changed trainer.
She is now quite happy in her work after being re-taught to go from her hind end, take the weight off her front, have O bars made for every new shoeing my our farrier and shod every 6 weeks.
She has days of 'shortness' but not lameness- she just needs a good warm up and cool down.

I agree with bubba, ask others.
And try the obars, if they don't work, they don't work- but try things before you give up!
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post #5 of 46 Old 01-24-2012, 06:51 PM
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'Navicular' is not a death sentence any more! Whereas I think it was Dr Rooney who said something like "Navicular disease is the last resort of the diagnositically destitute", now there is a lot more understanding about what is actually going wrong & what can be done to change that. There are other options besides the conventional palliative approach. The thread in my signature link will hopefully get you well started on helping your boy. Also look up Dr Bowker & his work on caudal hoof development/function.
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post #6 of 46 Old 01-25-2012, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much everyone for your input.
Am trying to get copies of my xrays taken a month. My vet says machine not working. And can't get copies since all digital and in machine.
I have anothrr farrier set up but can' to do much with out xrays:(. Going to demand my money back if they can't produce has always a cool to cold relationship. Should dumped along time ago when they mixed bute and tmz.
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post #8 of 46 Old 01-25-2012, 09:20 PM
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Unless I'm mistaken, the radiographs shouldn't be stored on the "broken" X-ray machine. They should be on the computer or better yet saved on a CD. Unless the vet's computer is down, there's no excuse.
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post #9 of 46 Old 01-26-2012, 01:17 AM
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Bubba13 is correct! If they are digital x rays the vet should be able to e mail them to your new vet or put them on a disk for you. They are stored on a hard drive. He may not be able to print them out but there are other ways to acess them!

You should look into barefoot trimming for your horse. It may take a few trimmings for your horse to become more comfortable but going barefoot promotes better circulation. Do not just take off the shoes and call it good,
Look for a certified barefoot trimmer that specializes in hoof problems. Barefoot is not for every horse but if the farriers and vets are telling you there are no other options it could be worth your time to check it out. My gelding was shod when I first got him and he had several issues with his feet and lameness. We are 8 months into barefoot and I can ride him over any surface, his lameness issues are comepletely gone and he is happy!

Hope that helps!
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how is it going with your horse?

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