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  • Infection under bell boots horse pastern

 
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    02-24-2011, 11:08 PM
  #11
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Lonannuniel    
I've started noticing that my horse has started to hit his heels / pasterns ( you hear a loud clicking/clapping-like noise) when he moves, mostly during transitions or at the trot.Thanks!
Does he do this only under saddle? While long lining as well? In turnout? If all, then is one worse than the other?

Trimming may be the issue, fronts left w/ too much heel (often done to try to correct) can be a problem. This will speed breakover but also shorten the stride length. Long toes front and hind can also be a problem.

If it's due to conformation then bell/over reach boots are in order.

If only noticed (or simply worse) under saddle, try picking his head up and working him into the bit. Will free up the shoulders and help the front get out of the way of the hinds.
     
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    02-25-2011, 11:49 AM
  #12
Yearling
Im not a fan of bell boots because I've seen 3 of my friends horses get infections in the coronet band because they rub, Dirt gets caught up in there. Id rather spend more money on boots than a vet bill.
     
    02-25-2011, 12:04 PM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by xXEventerXx    
Im not a fan of bell boots because I've seen 3 of my friends horses get infections in the coronet band because they rub, Dirt gets caught up in there. Id rather spend more money on boots than a vet bill.
I would bet that the size wasnt correct on them. They should easily be able to stick a finger between the boot and the horse.

My grandparents have been in the racing industry a LONGGGG time and have never had any horse get rubs or infections from bell boots.

Besides...if they were cleaning the horse and the boots regularly, it would also be preventable.
     
    02-25-2011, 12:08 PM
  #14
Yearling
These were girls who left the boots on in the paddocks cause it was muddy and they didnt want them to slip and cut there legs :/ personally I wouldnt put them in a muddy pen with any boots on but they did
     
    02-25-2011, 12:11 PM
  #15
Showing
Then it wasn't the boots that caused it.
     
    02-25-2011, 12:14 PM
  #16
Yearling
The boots made it worse actually they rubbed so much
     
    02-25-2011, 12:20 PM
  #17
Green Broke
That's on the girls then for not cleaning the boots as much as they needed and paying more attention to it..the boots didn't cause the problem..I know people who leave the boots and I've never heard anything about getting an infection because they left the boots on..i personally wouldn't leave them on when it was really wet or in mud because that could irritate the skin around the boot if not really paid attention to..so I'm guessing that's where it started..
     
    02-25-2011, 02:19 PM
  #18
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by DrumRunner    
that's on the girls then for not cleaning the boots as much as they needed and paying more attention to it..the boots didn't cause the problem..I know people who leave the boots and I've never heard anything about getting an infection because they left the boots on..i personally wouldn't leave them on when it was really wet or in mud because that could irritate the skin around the boot if not really paid attention to..so I'm guessing that's where it started..
Exactly!

Bell boots, over reach boots, blankets, fly masks, halters, etc etc are going to have dirt, sweat, debris build up under them. ANYTHING left on a horse should be checked for fit and cleanliness on a daily basis.
     
    02-25-2011, 02:24 PM
  #19
Green Broke
The boots should have been cleaned every day then, a long with the horses legs. That is not the boots fault, but the girls.

Don't your shoes/boots bug you when you have dirt in the bottom? Itd be the same thing!
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    02-25-2011, 02:26 PM
  #20
Weanling
To boot, or not to boot. That is the question...................wait, that's NOT entirely the question.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Lonannuniel    
I've started noticing that my horse has started to hit his heels / pasterns ( you hear a loud clicking/clapping-like noise) when he moves, mostly during transitions or at the trot. Does this indicate anything? Stiffness possibly? I'm sure repeated hitting will cause some sort of damage to his heel, are there boots you can purchase that protect his heels?
Sorry if this is the wrong section, I was torn between riding, equipment, and here..hopefully I made the right choice!
Thanks!
     

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