Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Navicular Syndrome In Horses At A Glance

By Annabelle Holman

This degenerative condition mostly affects the horse at the foot. The position of the navicular bone is at the back of heel. The deep flexor tendon runs down the foot wrapping the bone below anchoring to coffin bone. The navicular syndrome in horses results from changes in bone, tendon, bursa and ligaments on this area.

Lameness usually characterizes the ailment. In most instances the symptoms appears earlier but sometime they start showing as a gradual process. More pain especially on frontal legs is experienced by an ailing horse. The infected animal reduces pressure by holding out its feet forward, this is a means of relieving pain. During farrier visits, the ailing stallion usually shows no cooperation.

There is no assurance on which kind of horses mostly get affected. Nevertheless, the stock type stallions usually are highly affected even though a significant record shows warm blood breeds and thoroughbreds being also affected. Diagnosis of lameness is mostly carried out on horses ranging between seven and fourteen years. What really causes the problem is still out in the dark.

For the horses with big bodies, upright pastern and small hooves, employment of conformation becomes an ideal step. History on front-leg impact has been very common among the affected animals. A common trend has seen a combination of high stress levels and limited oxygen being pointed out. The real cause that causes damage to tissues and causes inflammation is still undetermined.

Making consultation with veterinary or farrier is supposed to come as an initial step when combating the ailment as quick treatment allows better treatment. Proper trimming and therapeutic shoeing is able to provide pain relief to affected horses. Provision of important vitamins that are free of excess calories helps greatly. Make sure that you boost up exercise programs for the horse in order to trim up their condition.

The aim of farrier care is to correct broken-back or broken-forward pastern angles. The support afforded by wide-web shoes or egg bar aims at reducing pain, though, injection of oral drugs or injection of the anti-inflammatory medication can also be given. A combination of medical treatment with therapeutic shoeing helps to about sixty percent of affected horse. A recently discovered medication in place, is the Tildren though it is still awaiting approval.

The feeding practices usually does not lead to this syndrome. However, an overweight horse is able to exact more pressure on its musculoskeletal system. Use of common sense should be enough to warn the owner of the horse not to allow them to become too fat. Ensure that you minimize the intake of pasture by dry-lottin or by muzzling the horse. Easier maintenance of the horse can be done by providing it supplement pellets of low calories.

Ensure that you take good care of an animal with this kind of condition. Most of the cases, the stallion does not regain its full competitive level and can sometime be retired. Proper management like reducing its hard work ensures possibility of stallion to normalcy. Turnout and exercising lightly is well advised as a form of stall resting these animals. Maintain them on average body weight so as to delay the onset of this condition and also as to keep the ailing animal in comfort.

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