Navicular Syndrome

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    My gelding has been diagnosed with navicular issues since 2008. We have a cycle of ups and downs. Shoes/pads seem to provide relief for a while, but then due to the change in angle, he tends to get sore in his shoulders. I pull the shoes for a few months and he seems to travel sound a while. I realize there is no “cure”, but do any of you have any success stories in buying more time?

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    Poor guy! I’m happy to hear that you’ve been able to keep him fairly comfortable as long as you have.

    I’m not sure how in depth you want to go into this, but here is a fantastic article by Pete Ramey that gives an overview of what the underlying issues are.
    Pete Ramey is a Farrier/Hoof Care Professional, and has been able to “cure” many horses that were diagnosed with navicular. I would look into what his suggestions may be for your gelding.

    From the little bit that I have looked into navicular it seems that the proper trim for your horse is crucial to his comfort and possibly his “cure”.

    Best wishes! Keep us updated.

    NinaJD NinaJD
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    I boarded with a lady who had a gelding with navicular. I watched her do all kinds of things(mostly shoes) she would do wedges, lift his heel, etc.
    I was new to horses at the time, so didn’t know much about it. But it made me curious. I hate seeing animals suffer and it was obvious nothing was working for her boy. So I researched it.
    I found a lot of articles about proper barefoot trimming. Because shoeing doesn’t allow the heel to contract and expand the way it needs to and by putting in wedges, you can actually cause more damage because you’re forcing the coffin bone to rotate downwards.
    I did read some stuff from the gentleman naturalpasture mentioned. He had a lot of good information.
    If it was my horse I would look into keeping him barefoot if possible with a certified barefoot trimmer. There are a few out there that do specialize in navicular. I would also look at putting him on a homeopathic remedy instead of keeping him on any prescription medication(for long term)

    Good luck. I think this is one of the hardest diseases horses can get. you just never know when they’re going to have a good day or a bad day….

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
    Pat Parelli

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