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post #1 of 5 Old 03-01-2013, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Hoof Protection

Because it's so muddy in the field, my gelding got scratches. grr... Now he has to live in the small riding arena because it's fairly dry in there. He does get a buddy, though. But of course my horse is going to whinny and pace because he's the stressed out type. He keeps cutting and chipping his legs and hooves, and yesterday i found he chipped his coronary band.

Should i put some kind of boots on him when he's outside? My friend says i should put splint boots and bell boots on him. Any tips?
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I would recommend bell boots. I have saved many hoof injuries on my mare that way. I am in a drill team and often my partner is very close behind, or my mare kicks out. So glad I had bell boots on then.

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post #4 of 5 Old 03-03-2013, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Is it safe to put splints AND bell boots on at the same time?
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-03-2013, 11:16 PM
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splints are not ordinarily designed for turn out use, but how one applies them is up to them. Bell boots are relatively inexpensive and should help. Overreaching is usually pretty obvious and often causes injures to the back of the fronts coronet area. Chipping of the lower hoof wall is usually a sign the hoofs need to be addressed (e.g., trimmed), and protection "above" isn't going to help.

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