Adopting a Horse with Navicular Syndrome
I am adopting my first horse, a six-year-old quarter horse mare with navicular syndrome. I don't ride, but have always wanted a horse of my own to care for, so this seems like a match made in heaven. The problem is that I'm almost a complete novice. Do you have any advice?
Rebecca, how wonderful for you to be able to find your perfect match in a horse who most would pass by!
Learning basic horse husbandry would be a great place to start. If your horse is housed on your property, ask your equine vet to conduct a walkthrough of your barn and pasture, along with your feeding plan and storage, farrier schedule, vaccination schedule, etc. I suggest the vet consult even if you are boarding your horse. This will assure a smooth start while you continue the learning process.
There are some good books on basic horse care, and many riding clubs offer classes in the basics. Have fun!