Possible degeneration of the navicular bone? Please help.
Hi there. I'm new to this forum. It was suggested that I come here and ask your advice, so please help!
I have been looking at a prospect for the last couple of weeks. He's a very sweet OTTB. He's 7 years old and has been off the track for about 15 months. Today, I had a PPE done with him, and he flexed positive off his front right, so I had his shoes pulled and took x-rays of the front R. We noticed at this point that he the given foot is very slightly clubbed. This is what they showed:
Vets comments say: "Moderate degenerative changes to navicular bone, offset foot to lateral remodeling tip of P3 & slight buttress appearance of dorsal P3."
I see the blurryness, but I'm not sure about how serious it is. I see it all over the R film. The vet says it's enough that she'd "be concerned" but obviously can't advise for what I should do. I'm looking at Jameson as my confidence builder on the flat and working up to jumping horse. I know this is a big deal for a high level jumper, but how serious is this for a horse that's not really going to be pushed too hard, and do some moderate jumping?
I also want to add that it's been recommended to me by people who board at my stable to get a second opinion. Apparently this vet has told owners of 4-5 horses that they had navicular issues that were not confirmed by other vets with second opinions...
Well, if the horse is worth it, then get a second opinion for sure. However, I have a horse with navicular issues and it is an everyday battle. The changes in the horse's bone don't necessarily mean a whole lot by themselves, but the fact that he has a lameness presenting itself makes me worried. It can be a VERY long road with no real victories to be had.
Another thing to think about is that bony changes are more commonly found in WBs (my navicular guy is a Dutch warmblood). So changes in a warmblood would probably worry me less than changes in a TB. Those changes aren't as common in the lighter breeds, so may have more significance.
The lameness is only found a few steps out on the flexion exam. He's not actually lame. Have you had x-rays done of your horse's feet that you're able to post? I'm having a hard time finding anything on google even to see a comparison.
It sounded like you have changes in the navicular bone and possible early coffin joint changes? I would be apprehensive of that. If you really wanted to know would be an MRI for best guess on future soundness and management. Lameness can be heart braking. Best wishes!