What is navicular syndrome?
Navicular syndrome refers to the pain and inflammation of the distal sesamoid (navicular) bone and surrounding structures. Navicular syndrome encompasses several structures both within and outside of the hoof capsule that results in distal limb pain of the horse. Conformation, use, environment, hoof balance, and dozens of other factors play a role in the disease.
Can navicular syndrome be cured?
No, however, depending on the state of the distal sesamoid bone, navicular horses can be maintained with a proper holistic approach that includes farrier, medical, and chiropractic work. Some horses may even return to full work and competition, nonetheless, long term performance is lessened with this degenerative disease.
What is laminitis?
Laminitis refers to the inflammation of the interdigitation of the laminae (sensitive and non-sensitive) within the hoof capsule. There are dozens of factors that can play a role in laminitis including improper trimming, feed, metabolic status, and conformation. An acute laminitis episode is an equine emergency.
Is founder and laminitis the same condition?
No. A founder can occur due to severe laminitis, but the two terms are not synonymous.
How often should I have my horses feet trimmed and/or shod?
6 to 8 weeks is the average time, however, depending on the environmental conditions where a horse lives, that may vary.
What should I vaccinate my horses for in Colorado?
For Spring vaccines with West Nile and Tetanus are recommended along with Rabies. Fall protocols should include a flu/rhino combination. There are also several variations in worming protocols as well depending on exposure, risk, and environment.
How often should I have my horses teeth floated?
Starting as early as 2 years of age a yearly assessment of your horse’s teeth is imperative. Actual floating or equilibration will depend on the use and wear of the teeth.
What is the Coggins test for?
The Coggins test is an ELISA or AGRID test of equine serum that looks for titers related to Equine Infectious Anemia. Even though it is a very rare disease, it is also highly contagious. Therefore, many states require a Coggins test when traveling.
Do I need a Coggins and/or health to travel with?
Depending on your destination will depend on exactly what paperwork you need. Requirements vary state to state and even show to show. You should always allow 7-10 days prior to departure for all paperwork to be processed.