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This foot problem, which is often progressive and chronic, affects the distal sesamoid bone (known as the navicular bone) the deep digital flexor tendon and their associated structures, usually in the front limbs.

The horse presents with a progressive loss of movement and a decline in performance. It reduces its speed, starts limping (especially when cold and on hard surfaces). When resting, the horse often points the affected limb forwards. When working, cold or in the school, the horse is uncomfortable.

Diagnosis is confirmed by a clinical examination. Foot anaesthetic is positive (lameness disappears).

Radiography can show bone lesions in the navicular bone. Ultrasound is used to examine the deep digital flexor tendon and the navicular ligaments.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can be used to show bone, tendon and ligament lesions.

There is no cure for navicular disease but a number of measures can produce excellent results (anti-inflammatory drugs, foot trimming and special shoes, longer and more progressive warm-ups, softer surfaces, reduction in schooling... Farriery is the first and most effective of these treatments.



A wide choice of shoes is available with increasing effectiveness:

From grade 1 (Onionix®), to grade 3.5 (Rocking Support compensated), or even grade 4, if the toe is removed from the Rocking Support wedged (making it equivalent to a Bonapartix L® wedged). These shoes provide the horse with effective relief.


During the convalescence phase or for preventive use, Parabolix® shoes can optimise your horse’s comfort and performance.