|just the starting point, i promise.|
I've been doing a lot of reading about treatments (shoeing and OsPhos mainly), but from the moment the word "navicular" left the vet's mouth, I'd already moved right along to planning what I wanted to work on with my dressage this winter. I'm not one to dwell on negativity, and nothing helps feeling positive like a good plan of action. Bobby needs to be more supple and for fuck's sake does he need to work on bending more. Is it wrong to be excited to get back to serpentines?
|ten minutes of walk, here we come!!|
The vet gave me permission to walk away, so yesterday I threw a bridle on Bobby and jumped on bareback. He hadn't been ridden in about a month, but it never even crossed my mind that he'd be naughty. He waited patiently while I climbed up, and then with happy ears trudged around the ring slightly gimpy but light and on the bit without any fuss. I'm so glad we've progressed at least this far as I'm more concerned about what an extended riding break would do to his hind end than anything that could go on with his feet.
|don't you lose a single muscle back there, bessie.|
Lest you think I'm completely irresponsible and have dropped the ball on actually doing anything productive to combat his lameness....
Well, actually you're mostly right. Turns out Farrier is pretty much the shit with navicular horses and has attacked Bobby's case full force, so I've basically relinquished control of my checkbook and stand there nodding politely as she expounds upon treatment plans.
|bobby literally fell asleep yesterday as she |
discussed what she'd like to do.
Farrier hadn't seen the x-rays yet yesterday when she was out, but she'd talked with the vet and had already come up with a couple things she wanted to try. The initial plan was to do the three degree wedges possibly with a bar. Nailing into the RF wasn't going to be a problem, but she was concerned with how hard it was to nail his flat shoe on the LF last week. Gluing a shoe onto that foot was thrown around, but she wanted to talk to a colleague before ordering anything.
|waiting for farrier to finish shoeing ralph before|
measuring bobby's feeties.
This morning she surprised me by swinging in on her way by to check on Bobby. We were just finishing up our ten minutes of super exciting suppling exercises and he was already feeling a lot more comfortable at the walk. I'd also packed his foot yesterday so maybe that helped a titch.
I hopped off and took him out to the aisle so she could elevate his foot to see what degree wedge he might like, but true to Bobby form he just stood there stoically, drooling copiously and trying to play with the cat.
|so. much. drool.|
She showed me a couple options for shoes she'd brought along. One was an aluminum wedge that she was favoring except then she'd have to try to nail it on. We're still probably leaning towards doing a cycle of glue-ons to get him enough foot to comfortably nail on the aluminum, but we're going to send the x-rays to another vet to get a second opinion.
Why? Because Farrier looked at them last night and didn't agree with the vet.
Farrier doesn't think the LF is as bad as Vet made it out to sound at all, and while still undoubtedly navicular, she's feeling optimistic that shoeing alone is going to get him to a really good spot. However, she didn't like the look of the RF which the vet was happy with. I'm inclined to trust a farrier more in hoof health than a vet, especially a farrier with navicular experience, but I am interested to see what this other, highly recommend vet has to say.
So we shall see how this all plays out. It's going to be a dressage filled winter regardless, but who knows what next spring will hold.