Caudal Heel Syndrome Forces Beau into Retirement
 By Foxchase Farm   •   20th May 2013   •   2,220 views   •   2 comments
Caudal Heel Syndrome Forces Beau into RetirementHi everybody! Itís been a while since I've made an article, so I thought Iíd give you all an update on how Beauís doing. On my last article (Beau Returns To Competition After Lameness), I had just started showing him again and with the exception of kicking out occasionally, he was doing great. We were planned to start jumping in about a month after that.

We started jumping again and things were going great. He had to remember where all of his feet go, but eventually it all came back to him. If anything, he was jumping better and he was much more relaxed than before he tore his suspensory. After a little over a month of jumping at home, I believed he was ready to jump at a show again.

I went to a show on April 6th and did pleasure (as always) and the 2í-2í3 hunter division. In pleasure, he was great. He was moving really well and he was 5th and 6th out of 19 horses! Then it was time for the jumping division. I warmed him up a little bit and he was feeling great, so I decided to not do too much with him. In the hack class, we were 3rd out of 18! Only about half of the entries were in the hack class, there were 38 in the jumping. We had a warm-up and two judged trips. Our warm up had a few iffy distances but he didn't peek at anything and acted like he had been doing it for years. Before he tore his suspensory we always had problems with him stopping at the first jump. Our first trip was literally the greatest trip I've ever had on him. We found all of our distances, got the lead changes and it looked smooth and effortless. In our second trip, I got in deep to the first jump, but other than that it was great. After over an hour of waiting for everyone else to finish, it was finally time for the results! I was 4th in the first class, and 6th in the second class! I couldn't have been happier.

Caudal Heel Syndrome Forces Beau into Retirement

I gave him a couple of days off after the show, but the next day I rode him, I knew something wasn't right. He didn't feel lame, just a bit short in his stride. I shrugged it off and took him for a short hack in the field. The next day, I had a lesson. That day, he felt even shorter. I thought I should say something, but I didn't. We jumped a couple of jumps and then he came up really lame. My heart sunk; I thought he had injured his suspensory again. We put him on stall rest for about a week until the vet was able to come out. She told me that it was the same problem we had before when he was lame in his foot, right before his suspensory was supposed to be healed.

He has what we call ďCaudal Heel Syndrome.Ē Itís a type of Navicular that comes and goes. In his case, itís only in the right front. There are a number of things you can do to help this. Thereís an IV treatment he can get, they can do injections, shockwave therapy, or change his shoes. For now, we've just changed his shoes and upped his dosage of Previcox. From what I've seen there may be a little bit of a difference, but overall heís still pretty sore.

Our last farrier bill was a bit of a wake-up call. The shoes he got cost $300 to start with, and it was an extra $200 to glue them on with the hoof filler and stuff. I thought it over, and I realized that we canít be dishing out all this money on him anymore. I only have one full junior year left of showing and Beau isn't going to be consistently sound enough to do the Childrenís at 3í. And Iím okay with that. I've come up with a new game plan. After the Upperville Colt & Horse Show (heís only doing one flat class), weíre going to bring him home and turn him out. Even though heís only 9 years old and I hate to do it, I think itís the best situation for him, rather than keep pushing at him when heís not comfortable.

What am I going to do for riding? Well, thatís the next part of the game plan! Iím looking for a horse to lease throughout the end of next summer, or whenever I go off to college. I just want to ride in the Childrenís and maybe some Equitation/Medal classes and have fun before I have to go out I the real world. I hope you all respect my decision to retire Beau and know that heíll live a long, happy life with me.
Awh, poor Beau! Poor you! It's hard to make a decision like that but it was the right one, and he'll have a happy (if early) retirement.
  10 days ago  •  2,920 views
I'm sorry about your Beau... my Beau was constantly lame in his front right and it turned out to be a Degenerative Narvicular Bone issues where his heel is basically wearing away. He's on arthritis pain medicine and we had to change him to Full Bar Shoes for a bit and he completely changed into a new horse. He was sluggish and lazy before we changed his shoes, and now he gallops everywhere. The first day we changed his shoes he galloped into the pasture up to the dominant horse and started a fight. Maybe Full Bar Shoes will help your Beau?
  8 days ago  •  2,674 views
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