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Old 03-19-2008, 06:51 PM  
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Navicular Xray to show you

Hi y'all.

This Xray is from today. I've edited it to take out my name (which is just for privacy issues) and I've added a black line box around the area identified to me today by my vet as the navicular bone's problem area. He explained to me that where it looks kind of rough is where the soft tissues are rubbing up against that tiny bone. She isn't lame now, and since we're dealing with this so much earlier than "usual" we are confident of a postive outcome.

He actually called this the "money shot" of navicular.

She will need proactive treatment from now on, which for a while is special shoes and may also include supplements etc.

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Old 03-19-2008, 07:08 PM  
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Cool, glad to hear you caught it early enough to help!
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:17 PM  
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I am so glad that things have been caught early, and bless you, other wise this mare may have gone lame without some type of hope.

Did he say anything about the possible ringbone or sidebone?
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:32 PM  
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Honey,

Just to make you feel better, she will probably do fine with the eggbar shoes. You caught it early and could very well have a long time with her being a good horse.

Just make sure you have the farrier out frequently and if needed the vet can help you with meds.

Thank God she found you!!!!!
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Old 03-20-2008, 03:59 AM  
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I used to show a jumper with navicular for someone - they kept him sound with a bubble pad and egg bars.. never took a lame step... So there is a lot that can be done having caught it this early..

((((((((((HUGS)))))))) and prayers that she stays sound and lives a long and happy life with you...
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Old 03-20-2008, 04:47 AM  
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My friend had a horse that was diagnosed with Navicular. He was older when it was confirmed and it was alot more advanced. With corrective showing and supplements he wasn't lame for 5 years. When he would get tender in later years they would use him for light riders and on flat trails and he did magnificent. Thank god your mares was caught this early, so many things can still be done for her and she should lead a productive life.
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Old 03-20-2008, 05:09 AM  
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Sorry to hear your horse has navicular disease. Last June I had to put my horse down due to navicular disease, but it was more advanced. I brought my dream horse home In Aug. of 2006, and in Dec. of 06 I noticed he was walking so slow, called the vet, thought he had thrush, treated that for 2 weeks, horse still moving very slow, called in a specialist and he did X-Rays, and found the navicular disease, but also his navicular bone was full of holes, and slightly turned, and this was in Jan of 07, we decided to put the special shoes on him, and give him med's for pain. I felt so bad for this horse, he was only 8, and did not get around much. It would bring tears to my eyes to watch him try to get around. We could not let him out in the back pasture because it took so long to get him back in. This was my first horse, a dream of 40 years, and now I was faced with this, and knew what his outcome was going to be. He was at a point where there was no getting better. I cared for him, and cried with him every day, knowing this was not a life for him. It was the hardest thing for me to do when time camt to put him down in June of 07, may he rest in peace. I am so glad you have found this early, and you will have a good outcome. Best of luck. Sorry, did not mean to take away from your thread, just wanted to share my story, and also wish you the best of luck.
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Good that you found this out early, I might have missed something, but what gave you the idea to have ex-rays done? Was she limping when ridden? Sometimes the disease does not show up until it is more severe.
But yes with proper care, can be controlled.
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First to crazynana, you didn't take anything away from this thread by sharing your story. And I am so sorry for your loss. Having horses has always been a dream of mine as well, and it took 37 years before I was able to make it come true.

And for the other questions and comments...

Pepper is a "poster child" for navicular disease from her breeding (QH) and stance (front hooves are "down" at the heel and back feet are "upright", and she's "downhill" in her barrel & back from rump to whithers) and because she's been badly trimmed she's been put at added risk. My vet strongly suggested we do the Xrays and I agreed. And because we've gone ahead with this, I know I've saved her years of pain and probably added years to her soundness.

She had a mild positive response to the flexion test on that leg two weeks ago which led us to decide on the Xrays.

She's been evaluated for ringbone/sidebone and is fine. I do have several more Xrays I can post later today if anyone is interested in seeing what they look like.
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Best of luck to you... I'm so glad, you found out at an early stage!
That's one lucky girl, you have there.
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Old 04-01-2008, 07:35 PM  
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as a vet student I would like to add.... that radiograph is soooooooo pretty (well, not the part with the navicular disease but you know what I mean) digital rads are so much nicer and you can get so much more information out of them. Glad you found the problem before it became an issue, good luck with the horse.
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