navicular syndrome

Your horse’s navicular bones—small canoe-shaped structures nestled in their hooves—can cause some big problems if he develops podotrochlosis, or navicular syndrome. While this progressive degenerative disease has no cure, veterinarians and farriers can successfully manage many cases. And as researchers are learning more about the navicular bone and its associated structures, they’re developing improved management options and outcomes for horses.

We’ve complied 10 resources on navicular syndrome available for free on about the veterinarians’ current understanding of the condition. Search “navicular” or visit the “Navicular Problems” topic page on for additional information.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Podotrochlosis: ‘Navicular’ is No Longer the End of the Road for Horses Equine lameness associated with navicular syndrome can cause major frustration and expense for horse owners. When a horse isn’t sound, we fret over his long-term well-being and lament not being able to compete, train, or trail ride. But advanced diagnostic and management strategies for navicular syndrome have improved long-term outcomes. Learn More

ARTICLE: The New Navicular Paradigm Identifying problems within a horse’s navicular structures is nothing new. Thankfully, our understanding and treatment of them have changed and advanced. Veterinarians have a profoundly more complex understanding of what structures have sustained injury, thanks to the evolution of diagnostic equipment and procedures. And using current palliative approaches—which range widely from regenerative therapy to bisphosphonate administration—they have found success keeping affected horses in work. Read More

PODCAST: Navicular Disease: Early Intervention and Long-Term Care Learn about diagnosis and management of navicular horses and veterinarians answer horse owner questions about this degenerative disease. Listen Now

SPECIAL REPORT: 12 Facts About Equine Navicular Syndrome Navicular. Just saying the word during a lameness exam can strike fear in a horse owner’s heart. Once wrapped in a shroud of mystery due to difficulties imaging the equine foot, the use of magnetic resonance imaging has given us a better understanding of navicular-associated lameness. Although navicular syndrome is a progressive degenerative disease with no cure, increased knowledge about the navicular bone and its associated structures has led to improved management options and outcomes for horses. Download Now

VIDEO: Navicular Disease Take a look at navicular syndrome, including mechanics, risk factors, treatments, and more. Watch Now

FACT SHEET: Bisphosphonate Use in Horses Bisphosphonates inhibit bone breakdown/resorption, making them useful for treating bone disorders such as podotrochlosis (navicular syndrome) in horses. Learn about the pros (and potential cons) of these medications approved to help horses with navicular syndrome and other musculoskeletal disorders in this free fact sheet. Download Now

ARTICLE: Bisphosphonates for Managing Navicular Lameness in Horses Since hitting the commercial equine market in 2014, bisphosphonates have been used primarily to manage horses with navicular disease. One veterinarian describes how they impact navicular region pain and lameness. Read More

PODCAST: Early Warning Signs of Navicular Syndrome in Horses Dr. Duncan Peters talks about lameness and behaviors that could indicate a horse is experiencing navicular issues. Listen Now

SLIDESHOW: A Look at Navicular Syndrome in Horses Navicular syndrome is a leading cause of front-limb lameness in horses. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment in our slideshow. View Now

SPONSORED CONTENT: Navicular Syndrome and Bisphosphonates Bisphosphonates offer a drug treatment option for specific navicular syndrome cases that involve the navicular bone itself. Read More