Let us say, you have a young horse between the age of three and seven, and he has been diagnosed to have navicular horses. You thought that nothing can stop the luck and winning streak of your horse, especially with how things have been great all these time. But one day, you started noticing your horse acting so lame, and by having sufficient rest, he's back on track again the next day. This has been going on for a while, leading you to notice how your horse has not been striding as nicely as he was before. You observe how he started taking shorter strides to the point that this has become prevalent. If you see that your horse standing in his stall is pointing his toe in front of him as a way of making sure that he will not put all his weight in his heel, this means that he is suffering from a classic horse disorder called Navicular.
When we say Navicular, we are referring to a bursitis that occurs in the bursa capsule of the horse. The bursa capsule is a part of the horse's feet that cushions the navicular horsesbone. When this part triggers bursitis, it will slowly develop into adhesion in the deepest digital flexor tendon of the horse. This will cause the horse to suffer feet on his feet area. It you happen to catch this disorder in its early stages, you only have to properly trim the hoofs of your horse to alleviate the pressure of the bone and tendon. On the other hand, if you noticed the symptoms too late, the best thing that you can do is to speak with a veterinarian so you will know what you can do to help your horse recover.
It has been said that Equine Navicular Syndrome is very common among Paints and Quarter Horses, instead of other horse breeds. Most of the time, you will find these breeds bulked up to one thousand two hundred pounds to one thousand four hundred pounds, and this enormous weight is being carried by their small feet. With the kind of feet they have, it is to be expected that they will have a hard time absorbing the shock that comes from their foot hitting the ground. This kind of load on the front feet will cause undue strain on the tendons and bones of the horse.
As what we mentioned above, if you have noticed the signs we mentioned on your horse, and you do not know what to do, it would be best for you to call a veterinarian to check the condition of your horse. As much as possible, this kind of condition must be detected at an early stage to prevent it from causing immense pain to the horse. Make it a point to ensure that you follow all the things being said by the veterinarian. Most of the time, they will only suggest to trim the hoofs of your horse, but if they tell you other things, see to it that you adhere to them all.