Symptoms of Navicular Syndrome

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Navicular syndrome is characterized by increasing intermittent lameness.
Lameness will occur to one or both of the horse's front feet, usually both.
Most horses will place their body weight on their toes to avoid putting pressure on their heels, which is where the inflamed bursa is located.
Navicular syndrome can lead to significant lameness, and is unfortunately incurable.
However is can be treated with corrective shoes, wedge pads to correct the angle of the hoof, cushioning and medication.
You will want to call your veterinarian immediately should you notice any of the symptoms listed below.
This disease is more often than not associated with hard work.
A diagnosis of this syndrome is something no horse owner will ever want to hear.
The gait of the horse will appear rough and will give the appearance of lameness.
The horse will usually show signs of lameness immediately after a workout but with rest this condition will disappear for the time being but will inevitably return until the horse can no longer return from the lameness.
Navicular syndrome causes poor circulation within the foot area and the hoof will notable contract and become smaller.
Additional signs to watch for are: A stumbling gait.
A continual shifting (from side to side) of body weight when resting.
A shortening of the horses stride.
A reluctance to go forward.
A reluctance to lengthen his or her stride.
When examining the horses hoof with a hoof tester, the horse will indicate pain and discomfort when pressure is applied.
The treatment you and your veterinarian choose depends on the severity of the condition.
A horse with navicular syndrome can still continue to lead a healthy, pain free and normal life.
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