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post #1 of 9 Old 02-09-2013, 06:34 AM Thread Starter
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Hoof boots on backs?

Hiya! With Raine's injury to her hoof, I'm wondering if you can put a hoof boot on just the backs or even just one hoof?
She had part of her heel removed because it tore loose and I want her to be comfortable while it grows back, that's why I'm looking into hoof boots for when I am able to leave the bandage off so her hoof can grow back normally and comfortably
Give me all the pros and cons of hoof boots ;D
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I guess it depends on how much of the heel was removed and how far up towards the frog.

We have use 3 different brands of hoof boots for our 7 horses, all have on thing in common, the ability to rub the bulb and cause discomfort.

Different brands of hoof boots we found affected different horses each in a different way.

If you decide yes, I would use boots on both feet at the same time.


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Yeah, tricky one. A well fitted boot appropriate for the horse *shouldn't* rub heels, but sometimes they do. But with that injury, I'd say a boot will almost definitely be problematic. You might consider casting instead, although I'd only use it on an 'as needs' basis & remove it at least daily, to manage the wound & avoid infection.
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Hmm, that stinks! Im not going to risk it knowing that they may rub.
The vet said he could cast it but its much riskier in terms of infection. Im changing her bandage every few days and i have bandaged a canvas poultice boot over the top of that to stop her from getting bandage dirty/wet :)
I feel horrible for stabbing her with penicillin twice daily but its for her own good :(

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My farrier says you almost need two pairs of boots, one for right after they are trimmed and one for after they have grown out more. I'd say go with whatever your farrier and vet decide, and follow it to a tee, especially with that penicillin twice a day. I'd only go with hoof boots in her situation if one of them recommended them to me.
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My .02: I strongly believe in letting things heal to the open air if at all possible. So, if it has "scabbed over" or the like, if it were me and the environment is clean and dry, I would apply the appropriate solution/dressing daily, and leave it open. If it is not the case, and it has not healed over and needs dressing/bandaging, I would consider a single medicine boot to protect.
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I havent had much good luck with things being exposed to open air before...Cuts will turn to proud flesh if left alone on my horses, so I would hate to see what would happen to her heel if she was let just walk around on it. I think Ill just follow my veterinarian's instructions xD She recommended it be bandaged for atleast 2 weeks and if its healing well then it can come off but it was only operated on last thursday
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The vet said he could cast it but its much riskier in terms of infection. Im changing her bandage every few days and i have bandaged a canvas poultice
Agree with Missy but if the vet thinks it's ok left wrapped like that for days at a time, there wouldn't be any more risk at all with casting for a day or few at a time. You can get it from Ebay cheaply & do it yourself.

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My farrier says you almost need two pairs of boots, one for right after they are trimmed and one for after they have grown out more.
That's absolute rubbish They wouldn't be a feasible option for the majority if it were the case... unless he means 'almost but not' or you're talking particularly about Easycare Gloves, which lacking a fastening system, must fit extremely well.... or you're talking about WAY OVERgrown feet not fitting. Hoof boots are designed to fit allowing for leeway for hoof growth, addition of padding, etc.
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I havent had much good luck with things being exposed to open air before...Cuts will turn to proud flesh if left alone on my horses, so I would hate to see what would happen to her heel if she was let just walk around on it. I think Ill just follow my veterinarian's instructions xD She recommended it be bandaged for atleast 2 weeks and if its healing well then it can come off but it was only operated on last thursday
Ah, well I would follow the vets instructions. Just a thought for you -thinking ahead.... once the injury is ready to be exposed, it has been my experience w injuries near the hoof that salves/dressing very high in sulfur content work wonders. They help reduce potential of proud flesh from forming, and protect from microbes.
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