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post #1 of 5 Old 02-15-2013, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Mud and bell boots

I just started using a new farrier last week after mine moved far away. A week later, my horse threw a shoe. This is the first shoe he's ever thrown in the year he's been wearing them. I'm not sure how much was my horse and how much was the farrier, but that's beside the point right now. He mentioned that I should have my horse wear bell boots wroth it being muddy out so he doesn't throw another shoe.

I've never had an issue before with the ground being muddy and him running around like maniac before. He has amazingly strong, healthy hooves.

Can someone explain the relation between muddy/soggy ground, bell boots, and thrown shoes? I understand mud and thrown shoes, even though it's never been an issue in the past through the previous spring, fall, and melty winter.
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Deep sticky mud will pull a shoe off if its not been very well put on, if the shoe is getting loose and needs tightening or replacing or if the horse has poor feet in which case a bell boot isnt going to help at all
They can stop a horse from treading on its own shoe - you can usually tell if this has happened as the shoe will have a twist in it and the foot will be broken where its ripped off
Bell boots in deep mud are usually going to end up with the boot being pushed upwards and turned inside out if its flexible - so doing no good to protect the heel or if its a more rigid boot it gets pushed upwards and rubs the leg and mud traps underneath it and does the same thing - increases risk of 'scratches'
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That's what I was thinking as well. I just couldn't find a scenario where bell boots would protect a shoe from the mud.
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Deep mud will never pull a shoe off!

What pulls the shoe off is the back foot catching the heel of the shoe because the front foot is slow getting out of the mud.

They will also pull a shoe if the foot is unbalanced.

Bell boots are not likely to help as they will turn upside down in the mud.

Some farriers will shoe short on the heel which will, to some extent stop them pulling a shoe but, this leaves the horse short on support and more likely to get corns.
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-16-2013, 11:01 PM
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fox hunter beat me to it, mud sucking a shoe off is an old wives tale, your farrier needs to relook at his shoeing technique.
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