12 Facts About Equine Navicular Syndrome

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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.

Learn more about this complex condition in our special download, and don’t forget to watch Dr. Jim Schumacher’s presentation “Navicular Disease,” which is part of our Vet On Demand lecture series organized in partnership with University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center.

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Michelle Anderson is the former digital managing editor at The Horse. A lifelong horse owner, Anderson competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She’s a Washington State University graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business administration and extensive coursework in animal sciences. She has worked in equine publishing since 1998. She currently lives with her husband on a small horse property in Central Oregon.

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