Here are the KEY POINTS about the navicular syndrome in horses:
- The current term is “Caudal Heel Pain” because of the many different causes, but 1 area is affected.
- Much research has gone into accurately diagnosing the origin of caudal heel pain.
- The overall root of caudal heel pain can be associated with a steep pastern angle and a low heel / long toe hoof.
- Understanding the vector forces on the hoof is not complicated and can help in understanding how to prevent caudal heel pain.
- Prevention is important because once a horse develops caudal heel pain, it usually is degenerative and has a lifetime of pain.
A demonstration of the long toe and low heel as a cause of caudal heel pain.
Navicular disease (caudal heel pain) – Part 1
Navicular disease (caudal heel pain) – Part 2
Navicular disease (caudal heel pain) – Part 3
A foot sore horse in this video from hoof trimming is similar to all other causes of hoof pain. In the beginning, you can see the broken pastern-hoof axis.
An hour-long webinar on caudal heel pain.