I’m leasing a great 8 year old KWPN. He doesn’t feel sore to me or my trainer and moves fine (he’s not the hack winner by a long shot but he has a hell of a jump!). He’s a big bodied boy, so obviously moves better as he warms up after five minutes or so.
He had x-rays taken in Europe about 8 months ago and when my vet looked at them saw a bone spur on the navicular bone in his right front. They didn’t remove his shoes for the x-rays though, so it was hard to get a complete picture.
We’re thinking about buying him so started the process of a PPE by taking x-rays of his two front feet without shoes on.
I don’t have the new x-rays - but if anyone can weigh in on having a horse with a spur on the navicular bone and what their experience has been it would be greatly appreciated. I understand proper shoeing and preventative care can help keep a horse comfortable and sound, but don’t know enough about how things like this can progress and how drastically.
Would I be buying a horse that I’ll never be able to sell again because of the spur? Or if he’s showing and winning, happy and sound - it’s all ok? I have my farrier saying it’s a no brainer and he’ll be fine with proper shoeing, and my vet saying some people run the other way with x-rays showing bone spurs but others don’t mind if the horse is performing well.
Trying to make the right decision and think with my heart AND my head
I have to sort out how to attach a photo of the old x-ray, so I’ll post this now and see if I can follow up with a photo.