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    09-26-2013, 02:22 PM
  #1
Foal
Shoes and Bell Boots?

Hello all! My new farrier thinks my horse needs front shoes due to having brittle feet and my previous farriers REALLY messed up his hooves (long toes, odd shape, under run heel). She is coming out to start the fixing process on Friday. I was wondering if bell boots would be a good option for him? He wore shoes his whole life until the last year his old owner owed him, he pulled his shoes and was put out on pasture for a year. I only had him shod once and that was for really rocky trails. Then I had them pulled two weeks later. Everybody else at my barn has their horses shod and almost everybody wears bell boots. The horses who don't often have a collection of pulled shoes. Is wearing bell boots a good idea for him?

I have the Professional Choice bell boots, but I think I would need the rubber kind. I just think too much mud would collect under the Pro Choice even though I am out there everyday. Would you guys suggest getting the pull on kind or the velcro kind?

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    09-26-2013, 02:55 PM
  #2
Yearling
Does he over reach with his feet at all? If he doesn't than I wouldn't worry about keeping boots on. That's really the only thing that I can think of off the top of my head as to why you'd want them on.
     
    09-26-2013, 03:00 PM
  #3
Foal
He does overreach a little bit, I usually ride him with bells on.
     
    09-26-2013, 03:02 PM
  #4
Weanling
I only know of two horses that need bell boots. One forges when ridden, and the other stands on his front shoes in the pasture and rips them off.
     
    09-26-2013, 03:05 PM
  #5
Green Broke
If your horse is going to catch a shoe hard enough to FORCEABLY RIP that shoe off their foot, or even bend it, a bell boot is not going to stop it. They'll bend or rip off the shoe right through your bell boot.

Try to bend a shoe with your bare hands. You can't. So think of how much force that takes to do that.

Some farriers advocate horses should wear bell boots all the time to prevent pulling a shoe, but that logic doesn't make sense to me (or my farrier).
     
    09-26-2013, 03:09 PM
  #6
Foal
Thanks. I was just wondering because a lady I know forgot to put on her horses boots one time and the horse pulled them along with a nice big chunk of hoof.
     
    09-26-2013, 03:28 PM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by AllAroundQH    
Thanks. I was just wondering because a lady I know forgot to put on her horses boots one time and the horse pulled them along with a nice big chunk of hoof.
You can keep your horse wrapped in bubble wrap and they will still find a way to get hurt. When my horses are out in the pasture, they have their fly mask on in the summer but that's it.

Yes, if I am running barrels, or doing reining, or anything with quick/fast maneuvars while riding, I will have bells boots and sport boots on their legs.

If they are in the pasture? Nope.
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    09-27-2013, 09:48 AM
  #8
Yearling
Just another thought (and for the record I'm not part of the barefoot only clan, lol. Mine have & will get shoes if needed.) but if my horse had brittle hooves, the last thing I'd want put on would be shoes. Especially if the horse has a tendency to forge. Diet, diet, diet. There's so many new products out these days that protect the hooves while allowing them to heal and stronger growth to come through that I'd seriously question the benefit of putting nails in the hoof at this time.

Maybe see if glue on shoes are an option. I don't know what / how it's done, but I have seen a trimming method that almost eliminates chipping even on the worst hooves if done routinely and in frequent (like every 4 weeks) intervals without shoes.

Just some thoughts
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    09-27-2013, 09:55 AM
  #9
Yearling
I ride and turn out with bell boots on one of mine. He has a tendency to overreach, and I'd rather play it safe than call the farrier back out. He's not one of those horses that lives in them though. When he is stalled they come off.
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    09-27-2013, 10:06 AM
  #10
Yearling
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Originally Posted by xlionesss    
I ride and turn out with bell boots on one of mine. He has a tendency to overreach, and I'd rather play it safe than call the farrier back out. He's not one of those horses that lives in them though. When he is stalled they come off.
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I'm keeping an eye on the new pony to see if I should be putting the el cheapo's on her. I haven't seen her strike yet, but she does track forward so we'll see.
     

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