I've read numerous posts on here over the years stating that going barefoot can bring a horse lame with navicular sound.
Could anyone please elaborate as despite numerous searches I can't find any proof or evidence of this? Yes Iíve seen the videos and pictures but are there x-rays, scans etc showing improvement in the structure of the foot?
I appreciate that going barefoot can help in many cases of lameness where the hoof is unbalanced and/or of poor quality. I can see how rebalancing the hoof by going barefoot can/could/would help with navicular syndrome when tendons and bursa, for example, are involved but how does it help with true navic disease?
When there is advanced navicular and lesions on the navic bone how exactly does being unshod cure the lameness and ease the pain/discomfort caused by the disease? Are there any x-rays of true navic horses with lesions on the navic bone before and after barefoot rehab? Has the bone regenerated? If so why isnít this finding more widespread?
If the horse already has well balanced and healthy feet in shoes how/why/what does transitioning the horse to barefoot improve/change?
Iím not anti-barefoot; I believe each horse is an individual. Iíve used an EP once previously (trained, qualified & registered; but that experience alone has put me off ever using a ďtrimmerĒ again) BUT I am interested in learning, anatomy and I do try to keep an open mind. I am very interested in hoof health and conformation.
Iíve had discussions at great length with different vets and farriers about navicular disease. Iíve seen horses with navicular (donít know if disease or syndrome) go barefoot and be crippled but the rider/owner has carried on regardless purely on the basis that itís ďnaturalĒ and therefore better and having read success stories from various websites believing it to be a ďcure allĒ. This is not a reflection on being barefoot/unshod just shows how some people do things without enough knowledge and/or information.
So are there x-rays out there? Has anyone got a horse that has dumbfounded vets with its recovery from navicular disease? Has anyone sent (or done at home under the guidance of a vet and a ďtrimmerĒ) their horse for barefoot rehab for navic and not had good results?
Iíve looked on some rehab websites but in the majority of cases these horses have really bad feet to begin with (I wonder how some of them managed to walk!) and the care of the rehab has greatly improved this and subsequently other areas of discomfort, like secondary back pain. What if the horse already has good, healthy & balanced feet? However on these sites Iíve never seen x-rays of the navicular bone or even MRI scans for horses where DDFT or bursa is involved showing befores and afters.
Not wanting an argument, or even a debate, just information and others to share their experiences for the good or bad.
Thank you in advance
Apologies for any spelling and grammar mistakes as Iím typing this on the sly at work in drips and drabs.