Duncan Update: Late Summer, Early Autumn 2011

This is an update on Duncan, my 2001 American Paint Horse gelding. If you watched my previous Duncan video, this will make a whole lot more sense (see the Duncan playlist). The opening footage, from July 7, is from Duncan’s appointment with Dr. Donaldson of Unionville Equine Associates as he and his staff used the Lameness Locator to narrow down the source of the problem. The first footage of the assistant jogging Duncan shows the early phases of assessment (you probably will notice the sensors on his head, leg, hind end, etc. as you watch). The second time you see him jogged is one of the last times he was jogged, following a few rounds of nerve blocking in the right front and left hind to narrow down the source of the issue. You should be able to observe a considerable difference in his movement. Once it was narrowed down to a specific area in the right front, radiographs were taken, and the lesion on his navicular bone was discovered. During July and August, as I worked on saving up money to pursue treatment, Duncan was turned out in Soft Ride boots on his front feet. I hand walked him for exercise in the indoor, which has really nice footing. He was on a low dose of bute. After discussing some treatment options with people I know who have had horses with navicular, people on Youtube who have dealt with it, professionals, etc., it seemed logical to put him in shoes that would provide sufficient support. Duncan has never been in shoes in his entire life (a lot of people
Video Rating: 5 / 5


  1. MagnoliaDreaming February 25, 2013 8:15 pm 

    I wish you and Duncan the? best of luck. I watched your vids when Duncan was jumping regularly and always thought he was the most talented, gorgeous horse I’d seen on youtube. He’s lucky to have such a great mom!

  2. jettashel February 25, 2013 7:17 pm 

    My heart goes out to you and Duncan, you have been through so much with him and Clue! I know how much he means to you! You know how much he will always mean to me as well and I just wanted to let you know that if you ever decide it best to “retire” him somewhere, he could retire with me at Cate’s. We now do low level dressage and of course trail riding, so he would have quite an easy life here.? I know you will do what is best for him. Just wanted to give you that option. Best of luck. -S

  3. dragonfly1030 February 25, 2013 6:58 pm 

    They’re working out very well for him, he’s moving out beautifully at the walk, trot, and canter. I’m swamped with work, so I haven’t had an opportunity to make any kind of videos recently. He is comfortable, which is what really? matters; additionally, he is able to work and enjoys the exercise.

  4. dragonfly1030 February 25, 2013 6:49 pm 

    He has navicular, but fortunately he is? doing well and it seems to be managed in Epona shoes.

  5. dragonfly1030 February 25, 2013 6:09 pm 

    Daisy? Bicking of Daisy Haven Farm

  6. dragonfly1030 February 25, 2013 5:15 pm 

    I will PM? you.

  7. dragonfly1030 February 25, 2013 5:00 pm 

    Hopefully; he is doing well and is? comfortable in his Epona shoes.

  8. Andrew P February 25, 2013 4:02 pm 

    I love duncan and thumps u to? you fr.not.abandoning him :)

  9. islandinspired2 February 25, 2013 3:45 pm 

    Poor Duncan is He better it’s not good seeing a pretty boy like him? out lame…. Poor guy!

  10. Asvin08 February 25, 2013 2:50 pm 

    oh my god youre horse is soooo? beautiful.ich love western horses so much ?greets from germany

  11. lilacwinteraire515 February 25, 2013 2:25 pm 

    Trust me when I say it’s difficult to learn your horse has Navicular issues and unfortunately, it’s common in Paints and Quarter Horses. But I’m glad you’ve made him comfortable and are doing everything you can for him. The good news is, it IS fairly easily managed, and is by no means life threatening.? Love your videos of you and Duncan, and again I’m sorry you guys have to go through this :(

  12. GinaKellyx3 February 25, 2013 1:29 pm 

    Hey,? may i ask what happened?

  13. chizzyhorsemad February 25, 2013 12:36 pm 

    Where do u? ride and how big is Duncan?

  14. dragonfly1030 February 25, 2013 12:33 pm 

    Navicular? :-/

  15. dragonfly1030 February 25, 2013 12:01 pm 

    I did ride at Stepping Stone Farm in Andover, NJ. It’s a great facility that I? highly recommend. Dunc is 15.3

  16. wonderfulsilverworld February 25, 2013 11:14 am 

    Have everyone the? name of the song?

  17. MarschmellowChipsy February 25, 2013 10:39 am 

    what for a beauty o:?

  18. MegaHorsegirly February 25, 2013 10:13 am 

    Is he better?? He is soo cute!

  19. AllieLover147 February 25, 2013 9:54 am 

    what stable do? you guys ride at?

  20. xoxox800 February 25, 2013 9:18 am 

    can someone please tell me the type of this horse? (colour of the horse)?

  21. gracedmarshmellow February 25, 2013 8:50 am 

    love this song? + love Duncan! <3

  22. lori drummond February 25, 2013 7:53 am 

    so the epona shoes really? help duncan? i have a navicualr horse i can ride her but only at th ewalk. do thse really work?

  23. dragonfly1030 February 25, 2013 7:28 am 

    It totally depends? on the horse. We have had some setbacks here and there, so I’m continuing to look at my options. First, I am going to get him re-radiographed and see if there’s been any changes. He seems for the most part to be comfortable, but he can seem quite stiff when he first gets moving some days.

  24. dragonfly1030 February 25, 2013 6:28 am 

    breed:? Paint color: buckskin

  25. dragonfly1030 February 25, 2013 5:50 am 

    This was at Stepping Stone Farm in NJ. We are? no longer at SSF though.

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