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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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I am so sorry. You will do the right thing for your horse. I wish you strength.
 

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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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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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'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":lol:, 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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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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Also am gona brush up on online skills
Am a little.bite hooked on this forum:)
Figuring out how to do pics tomorrow
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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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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! :D
 

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navicular is a strange things he has good days and going to my vet now demand my money back. Unfortunately Newman is the only vet around here in florida.
My horse is not going to pay for their incompetence. They should never have taken my money if tbey have faulty equipment. Macho`s M ama Mad
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I asked about sending themto my email she's didnt about. There is more
but what's the point I am into the solution today.
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Good news am getting my xrays tonite via email. And have dr. Porter of university of fl.
coming with farrier. Macho is worth it. He is such a sweetie slow as all get but then so am I
We are a mucho match made in heaven.
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Good news am getting my xrays tonite via email. And have dr. Porter of university of fl.
coming with farrier. Macho is worth it. He is such a sweetie slow as all get but then so am I
We are a mucho match made in heaven.
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Hi,

Of course, xrays are very helpful to be more specific, but examining the hooves should enable a knowledgeable farrier/trimmer to have a very good idea where to proceed. On that note, if you want to send a series of pics of his hoof(s), you'll likely get some helpful opinions here. Just remember that on these forums you'll get various & sundry & many of us have conflicting opinions, not to mention we only have the very limited info you can provide to go on, so don't take anything as gospel, rather as food for thought, along with your other studies into it.
 

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Hi,

Of course, xrays are very helpful to be more specific, but examining the hooves should enable a knowledgeable farrier/trimmer to have a very good idea where to proceed. On that note, if you want to send a series of pics of his hoof(s), you'll likely get some helpful opinions here. Just remember that on these forums you'll get various & sundry & many of us have conflicting opinions, not to mention we only have the very limited info you can provide to go on, so don't take anything as gospel, rather as food for thought, along with your other studies into it.
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