One of my guys does the exact same thing when he is stalled. I tried the hock boots and they sort of help. I would find them off half the time:( I even tried the deep bedding in a double stall(more room) and he still would do it. It was like he was to lazy to really use his upper body to heave himself up and would drag his backend up. He now sleeps outside and it doesn't happen anymore but he does have white scars from where they were.
Thanks everyone, I really like the look of these boots
But I have a feeling he will pull them off, I have left his over reach on by accident once and went to him in the morning to find them ripped off and in bits... maybe he wont notice them if they are on his hocks :)
He shouldn't even have concrete to lay on... bed deeper or put in rubber mats. If you put hock boots over a scab chances are very good that it will just rub the scabs more. This will also keep in any bacteria and when they get hot it makes them fester and get worse.
Just bed deeper and put in rubber mats where he lays.
If he is on a concrete floor, can you get the rubber mats?
we are moving out in september to a livery and I have been advised againt ribber mats because after a while they harbor nasties.
He is bedded deeper now and it doesnt seem to be too much of a problem. Sorry that my horse has concrete in his stable but the only way I can avoid that is to keep him out or in the house (which my parents wont like :P)
Properly installed rubber mats aren't going to be any trouble. You have to fit them well, and keep your stalls clean. Adding lime in the cracks, and peeling them back to air out occasionally keeps them dry and clean. They are very durable and stay in place. It'll make your stalls easier to clean and then you won't have to complain that your horse is bleeding from laying on concrete. Also- sinceyou have thecapability it seems to keep the horse out- why didn't you just do that when you noticed the hock sores? That would allow them to heal. Posted via Mobile Device