FormaHoof supportive treatment for Navicular Disease in Horses

Navicular Disease In Horses

What Is It? What Causes It? And How FormaHoof Can Effectively Support Treatment

Equine navicular disease or syndrome is one of the most common causes of chronic forelimb lameness and can cause major frustration and expense for horse owners. When our horse isn’t sound, not only are we worried about his long-term well-being, but we also lament not being able to compete, train, or simply enjoy the simple pleasures of hacking out.

What Is Navicular Syndrome?

Navicular disease or caudal heel syndrome is a degenerative condition of the navicular bone that can appear in horses of any breed or discipline, but is essentially unknown in ponies and donkeys.

 

Twenty years ago, vets were sure that navicular disease was a degeneration of the navicular bone in the foot, however we now recognise that this is but a small part of the condition. This “classic” disease of the navicular bone is now known as navicular bone disease, and forms one part of navicular syndrome. The other part of navicular disease is degeneration or damage to other structures in the foot. Overall, the potential structures that can be involved in navicular problems are:

In a particular horse, any combination of the above structures may be involved.

 

Navicular disease can be limited to one limb. However, it most commonly affects both front hooves, causing bilateral lameness. While veterinarians have documented it in the rear feet, these cases are very rare.

Which part of a horse is affected by navicular disease?

Navicular is not actually a disease, but is one of the most common causes of forelimb lameness in horses. The Podotrochlear apparatus or navicular apparatus includes the navicular bone, the navicular bursa, the coffin joint, the impar ligament, the suspensory ligament of the navicular bone, and the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT) and navicular disease can involve many of these structures, not just the navicular bone.

It can involve more of the podotrochlear apparatus than just the navicular bone, such as the navicular bursa or associated soft-tissue structures (e.g., the deep digital flexor tendon [DDFT] and collateral ligament of the distal interphalangeal joint [DIP or coffin joint]).

What are the symptoms of navicular disease in horses?

Navicular or caudal heel syndrome is a cause of lameness that can appear in horses of any breed or discipline. It can be limited to one limb; however, it most commonly affects both front hooves, causing bilateral lameness. Early signs can include a refusal to undertake previous activities such as jumping, extending gaits, etc.
If you think your horse has navicular problems, please contact your equine practitioner immediately.

Can a horse recover from navicular?

There’s no cure for this condition; rather, it’s about managing an affected horse’s comfort. FormaHoof’s reusable mould system offers a highly effective solution that instantly realigns the horse’s hoof angles and rebuilds the heels. This allows the correct biomechanics of the foot to be restored and supports drug-free management and treatment of the pathology, whilst offering the most comfort for the horse.

Can a horse with navicular be ridden?

This should be decided on a case by case basis. Depending on the severity of the disease, it may be possible to ride a horse with navicular, as long as your vet okays it. Always discuss treatment and rehab procedures in detail with your veterinarian.

How do you manage navicular?

Whilst there are various traditional methods which include specific shoeing techniques and drugs, equines can gain immediate elevation and comfort from their FormaHoof application. This allows them to bear weight correctly and increases blood flow to the entire foot, supporting healthy natural hoof growth and healing within the structures of the podotrochlear apparatus. All Navicular Disease treatments should be discussed and followed up with a veterinarian or/and farrier/trimmer.

Effective Support For Navicular Disease Treatment With FormaHoof

FormaHoof’s reusable mould system offers a highly effective solution that instantly realigns the horse’s hoof angles and rebuilds the heels, allowing the correct biomechanics of the foot to be restored. Equines can gain immediate elevation and comfort from their FormaHoof application, which allows them to bear weight correctly and increases blood flow to the entire foot, supporting healthy natural hoof growth and healing within the podotrochlear apparatus structures.

 

FormaHoof can support and assist in the 3 essential elements of correct hoof care for navicular disease:

With FormaHoof, the recovery timeline for navicular disease can be significantly is reduced and, more importantly, the horses that could never previously rebuild healthy hooves, now can.

In the words of Joel Brown, farrier and FormaHoof Certified Applicator:

 

“It’s not about a mould, or a shoeing set up. Until you rejuvenate the internal structures of the hoof, the outside changes are minimal. The inside of the hoof, coronary hairline pathway, sole concavity, shape and depth of frog, collateral groove depth, central sulcus shape and depth; all theses external markers tell the story of the inside as the caudal foot heals inside.”

A growing number of horses around the world have been and are being successfully supported in their navicular rehabilitation with FormaHoof. You can find out more and read about them in the cases section.

 

If you have any questions about your own horse and how FormaHoof may help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Would you like to get more information how FormaHoof can help your horse recovering from various hoof pathologies?

For general enquires please contact us via our contact form or by email to customerservice@FormaHoof.com

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If your horse is facing laminitis, white line disease, navicular disease or any other hoof related problem, you know that every horse and every case is different.


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Joel Brown

MSc Hon AG
Accredited Professional Farrier (APF-1)
FormaHoof Certified Applicator

Expert in supportive treatment for Navicular Disease & NPA with FormaHoof

Languages: English

FormaHoof supportive treatment for Laminittis n Horses, farrier Bart Lambert

Bart Lambert

Hoefsmid
State Certified Farrier/Belgium
FormaHoof Certified Applicator

Expert in supportive treatment for Laminitis and White Line Disease with FormaHoof

Languages: Flämisch, Dutch, English, French

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Aletia Reilingh

Staatlich gepr. Hufschmied
State Certified Farrier/Germany
FormaHoof Certified Applicator

Expert in supportive treatment for Laminitis and White Line Disease with FormaHoof

Languages: English, German

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