OK, we talked about this before but I guess I kind of have a different question or different angle. (Too much time spent snooping around farrier boards.) For my purposes lets define what I'm talking about as "ouchy heel syndrome" to avoid the issues of imprecise terminology. We're talking about a horse who has maybe been x-rayed (but not had a MRI) and who is exhibiting toe-first walking. So how come some horses are injected (HA) in the navicular bursa, and other horses are treated with pads, bar shoes, barefoot, etc. I have heard about the injections but then in reality most of the navicular horses I have met are nerved or the farrier does something to get them right. Oh, and of course the contribution from the barefoot crowd, which I am not really buying for all horses at this time. And I've not read much online about injecting. Where do the injections fit in relative to pads and bar shoes? Which comes first? Which is for worse problems? Or more likely I guess they are treating different things that make horses sore..? I have seen some people say poor farrier work (allowing heels to become contracted, keeping a horse in long heel/low toe) can cause navicular syndrome or caudal heel pain. Someone else naturally got pissed about this statement on another board, but... uhm... well, what do you think?