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.
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Bisphosphonates for Managing Navicular
Since hitting the commercial equine market four years ago, bisphosphonates have been used primarily to manage horses with navicular disease. | Photo: iStock

Since hitting the commercial equine market four years ago, bisphosphonates have been used primarily to manage horses with navicular disease. But what effect do they really have on navicular region pain and lameness?

Niklas Drumm, DrMedVet, Dipl. ACVS-LA, ECVS, a shareholder and practitioner at Tierklinik Lusche, in Germany, reviewed the existing research on this topic during the 2018 British Equine Veterinary Association Congress, held Sept. 12-15, in Birmingham, U.K.

Bisphosphonates are believed to be the most potent inhibitors of bone resorption, said Drumm; they counter bone loss by killing osteoclasts (cells that absorb bone tissue during growth and healing). Studies in humans and animals also suggest they might also be anti-inflammatory, chondroprotective (protect joints), pain-relieving, and anti-angiogenic (prevent new blood vessel growth)

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Alexandra Beckstett, a native of Houston, Texas, is a lifelong horse owner who has shown successfully on the national hunter/jumper circuit and dabbled in hunter breeding. After graduating from Duke University, she joined Blood-Horse Publications as assistant editor of its book division, Eclipse Press, before joining The Horse. She was the managing editor of The Horse for nearly 14 years and is now editorial director of EquiManagement and My New Horse, sister publications of The Horse.

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