Laminitis, Navicular disease, Coffin bone penetration - Hoof Care
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Navicular Disease

Before Trim

Navicular Syndrome Lameness

The appaloosa gelding was diagnosed with navicular disease, his hooves were also very deformed looking and had a stretched white line. His neck was very thick and cresty.

After Trim


The appaloosa gelding is now sound and in full time work. Five months after First trim. He is successfully shown in western pleasure, hunter pleasure and games.

Navicular Disease - Case 1

Before Trim

Body Left Before trim Profile Left Front Before Trim Front Left Front - Before Trim

This nine year old former champion working cow horse, arrived at the Fischer Equine Lameness Foundation with the diagnosis of navicular syndrome. The prior treatment prescribed for this horse was stall rest and orthopedic shoeing consisting of wedge pads and egg bar shoes. This treatment was performed for two years and was unsuccessful. The horse had also undergone removal of his splint bone on the left front limb and bone fragments removed from his left knee. This surgical treatment had also failed.

Upon arrival at the Fischer Equine Lameness Foundation Clinic, the veterinarian obtained x rays, blood workup, general health assesment and floated his teeth.

After Trim

After Trim After Trim - 1 After Trim - 3
After Trim - 6 After Trim - 5 Body Left After Trim
Lateral Left Front After Trim Front Left Front After Trim

Four months after first trim the horse was comfortable and returned to the pasture setting.

Six months after first trim the horse was able to be trail ridden.

One year after first trim, the horse was put back into full time work in the arena and ridden on the trails.

Fourteen months after first trim, the horse is shown in barrels, poles, and key hole successfully.

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