SmartPak’s Ask the Vet! – Navicular, Broken 3rd Vertebrae, and more!
[originally published in the March 2017 issue of Show Horse Today]
Questions answered in this SPECIAL episode:
1. If a horse is broken in the 3rd vertebrae, is the neck actually broken?
2. I have a horse who was recently diagnosed with navicular disorder. Can you explain this in simple terms? He’s being managed by the farrier and is currently sound and rideable. Would any of your supplements serve my horse well?
Lydia F. Gray, DVM, MA SmartPak Staff Veterinarian and Medical Director Dr. Lydia Gray has earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), and a Master of Arts focusing on interpersonal and organizational communication. After “retiring” from private practice, she put her experience and education to work as the American Association of Equine Practitioner’s first-ever Director of Owner Education. Dr. Gray continues to provide health and nutrition information to horse owners through her position at SmartPak, through publication in more than a dozen general and trade publications, and through presentations around the country. She is the very proud owner of a Trakehner named Newman that she actively competes with in dressage and combined driving. In addition to memberships in the USDF and USEF, Dr. Gray is also a member of the Illinois Dressage and Combined Training Association (IDCTA). She is a USDF “L” Program Graduate and is currently working on her Bronze Medal.