And the last line from the article:Dr Redden is extremely careful to use the word "possibly" because he does not include all the other contributing factors in that breed industry. This includes stalling and overfeeding halter babies, poor shoeing and training that creates an artificial "toe first bone damaging movement" for WP horses.Possibly there is a correlation as the incidence of navicular lesions and clinical signs appear to be much greater with this type of foot than with the low heel and crushed cushion with negative PA.
I have not had a single horse, including a lot of hard working roping and ranch quarter horses in my shoeing my practice in the last fifteen years who developed navicular issues during that time, not one. Why? Because the trimming and shoeing I do is designed around the proper function of the hoof, not the show ring. And I refuse to work for halter breeders and halter trainers because the tend to ruin those babies foot bones early in life.