Navicular Success Story - part 1. Andrei Grigorjev

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I got my horse knowing he had navicular. His name is Pippin. I acquired Pippin from a museum where he was working with another horse pulling carts. This was about six years ago. When I first got him, he had been resting in fields for one year already without shoes. However, an x-ray quite clearly showed a damaged navicular bone. I have read some information on alternatives for navicular syndrome healing and found out that naturally trimmed (barefoot trimmed) horses may live with navicular just fine. So I decided that he won’t wear shoes anymore. It was quite hard but I was able to find a farrier that does natural barefoot trimming. By switching to barefoot trimming, we were able to be happy and sound together for the following year. I have started to undertake riding lessons with Pippin,  almost every day, for about 1-hour with an instructor. However, the year passed and our farrier informed me that he would be moving to south Estonia and wouldn’t be able to come to trim Pippin anymore. I have tried a couple of other farriers, but they just don't even know what a natural trim is and started to disagree with what I was telling them. So, from that point on, I began learning how to trim myself. I already had some theoretical knowledge, but no practice... So for the last several years, I have been training in barefoot trimming with Pippin. He has been fine for all these years, over most surfaces. However, during my training, I began to realise that I should provide Pippin with more than just trimming as I was also studying natural horsemanship. I needed to start providing him with a natural diet and natural livery. In 2016,  I began trying to organize as natural diet as I could, but I still had some problems at the stable. I have since changed his stable and he has now got both a correct livery and diet now. He is now outside 24/7 and has been sound for all these years.

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