Complementary care

While bisphosphonates are effective in controlling the clinical signs associated with navicular syndrome, a comprehensive approach is always recommended when treating conditions involving lameness.

A veterinary professional will be able to recommend the most suitable combination of treatments following a lameness examination.

Treatment options

  • Exercise

  • Remedial farriery

  • Interim analgesia


Controlled exercise is often prescribed to help manage a horse with navicular syndrome and a light workload can be highly beneficial.

It is also possible to gradually shift the weight bearing from the front legs, which are painful, to the hind legs through structured riding work at a trot or canter.

Remedial farriery

Trimming and shoeing can greatly aid correcting and maintaining foot balance by providing adequate support to the hoof capsule, reducing pressure and relieving pain.

Interim analgesia

It may be advisable to prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in order to relieve pain associated with the condition.