I have been
offered a 13 year old horse with navicular syndrome. I do not have an experience
with treating navicular. I have been told the horse can still be ridden.
you tell me if someone weighing nearly 200lbs could ride the horse? does the horse
need special treatment? Will the horse cost more money then it will create joy?
I am a student, with little money, and no
experience dealing with this problem. Would you recommend that I accept or decline
First some "homework" for you........since
you are a student, I couldn't resist ! Please read the following articles as a
basis for my comments.
Owning a horse in normal condition
is expensive. Be sure you are aware of the customary costs associated with feed,
vet and farrier care. I outline this in The
Cost of Keeping a Horse.
Now onto Navicular Syndrome
which you can read about here: Navicular
Now to your questions
Yes, most horses with navicular syndrome
need special treatment - that is, special shoeing and possibly medication. The
only way you will know the real $$dollar answer to this is to have a veterinarian
and farrier examine the horse and give you a prognosis and treatment estimate.
As far as the weight carrying capacity of a horse,
it depends on the size and condition of the horse and the severity of the navicular.
This is something you can ask the vet when you have him or her look at the horse.
When calculating, don't forget to include the weight of the saddle (with western
saddles that can be significant). The article I referred you to will help in this
As to the money and joy question, that is
so subjective and since I don't know the horse or you, I decline to answer. I
hope you'll find the right answer after you've read the articles and my comments.
be aware that accepting a free horse is just like buying a horse when it comes
to the pre-purchase exams and test rides. See my book Horse
price of a horse is a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of feed and care.
learn more about navicular syndrome, refer to Maximum
Guide to Lameness in Horses
or watch for
our upcoming book later this summer : Horse Hoof Care.
of luck in making your decision,