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Navicular Disease, Curcumin, and Bisphosphonates in the Horse

Navicular disease in the horse is a common lameness condition impacting equine athletes of all disciplines, but with varying degrees.  The condition results in ongoing heel pain associated with soft tissue damage and navicular bone remodeling, which occurs progressively over time.  The horses impacted by navicular disease suffer variable degrees of pain and have a …

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Equine Navicular Syndrome and Heel Pain; New Perspectives

Navicular syndrome is a very common problem in the equine industry, likely impacting 30% or more of horses, dependent on the breed and discipline. We see this condition commonly in the western disciplines but also to varying degrees in other sports, including jumping, dressage and even racing. There are many factors that contribute to the problem, which can make it difficult at times to manage.  All too often, though, we tend to wait until the condition has progressed, with irreversible damage, before we properly intervene.  With a better understanding, hopefully we can recognize the condition sooner, see contributing factors and produce better results for the patient in the long term.