Bowker: Navicular Issues Begin Earlier Than We Think
“To me, navicular (syndrome) is a man-made thing,” said Robert Bowker, VMD, PhD, longtime podiatry researcher and former professor and head of the Equine Foot Laboratory at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, in East Lansing. He believes incorrect trimming and shoeing methods, along with other environmental factors, lead to early damage to the frog and digital cushion in the rear of horses’ feet, both of which are designed to protect this area of the foot and the navicular bone therein.
Bowker spoke to veterinarians and farriers about his perspectives on and solutions to navicular problems at the 11th annual Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners (NEAEP) symposium, held Sept. 25-28 in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Veterinarians usually diagnose navicular syndrome (also known as podotrochlosis) based on bilateral forelimb lameness confirmed with digital nerve blocks and/or with radiographic evidence of damage to the navicular apparatus. But in these horses Bowker believes damage occurs in different areas of the foot long before it’s apparent on
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