Two years have rocked on since we purchased Mouse. A horse that was sold to us, sane and sound. He’s sane alright. As sane as a horse gets. Sound? Not hardly. We’ve tried everything from, barefoot trimming, Epic boots, to iron on the front. In an earlier post I mentioned we’d been through several farriers with no improvement. Took him to our veterinarian several times to look at his legs and feet, all with the same opinion as the other person. Navicular. Though never ordering up x-rays, I wasn’t sure how they’d come to the same conclusion. Having never had a horse with this problem, I did my homework. I found a guy on the internet who had the credentials I considered, worth a try. I gave him a call, he came out, took a look at Mouse and asked how I knew he was Navicular. I told him our Veterinarian diagnosed him months ago. The farrier asked if we had lateral views on his front. I told him, no one ever suggested we get them done. Him, replying then, how do they know? I just replied, I don’t know, I’m just going by what I was told. He then suggested to shoe him to elevate the heel and get the pressure off his fetlock joints. Mouse immediately showed improvement, but he said with-out an x-ray of the issue, what he did was going to be a hit or miss situation. Thinking to my self, or at least in my mind, if he could make him feel better with just one shoeing, we could hold off and give it some time with having to get an x-ray.
The farrier shod him twice more with dramatic improvement, continually telling us this will go faster if he knew the angle he needed to set the shoes. Thinking all the while, why would my Vet. not order them, if he really needed them? I finally opted to get lateral views done. We had both front limbs done yesterday. Low and behold, no, Navicular! Good news, yes? Absolutely. Though, not out of the woods yet. She told us, there was no rotation of the cannon bone what so ever. His angle was off slightly, he had plenty of sole, but the time spent out of balance has caused him to be sore in the fetlock joints. He was also striking the ground flat footed when he walks, causing strain on this joints. Which may or may not entirely, be the problem. She prescribed Previcox for pain after we have him reset. After the farrier resets him, I’m to ride him and journal his pain level, hoping he’ll have none for the next 10 days. If he rides pain free for that time period. We take him back for cortizone and steroid injections in his fetlock joints. Then she said we’ll be able to manage him with no problems. Here’s hoping the next 10 days goes as planned.