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post #1 of 10 Old 10-14-2012, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Let this mistake be a lesson. :(

So today I went to a gymkhana with Selena. She gets kinda bound up the more boots I put on her so I've been trying to refrain from overdoing it...My Mom suggested today I take her bell boots off. I did, thinking it would all be fine. She ran four events without a hitch and was a lot more freed up and a lot faster.

I took her in for biwrangle, she smoked the fastest run she's ever made, and when I walk out I notice she's limping. I immediately get off and take her away from the others. Then I find this:



The one time I don't put bell boots on her is the one day she over reaches. :(

We wrapped her leg up with some gauze, vet wrap, and wound spray and left her at the barn with Ruger for the night. I'll go back and check on her tomorrow.

Just thought I'd share so maybe you can learn from this mistake. She will never be ridden or ran without bell boots again. I feel so bad for my main girl.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-14-2012, 10:05 PM
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Ouch! There are times I question whether or not I should put boots on or leave them off, glad I decide I should put them on and leave them on. Sorry your girl got hurt! Hope she feels better soon!
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post #3 of 10 Old 10-14-2012, 10:10 PM
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It looks like maybe a little cut and a lot of blood? Poor pony- At least you know to put bell boots on her all the time. I had to learn the hard way to always jump with boots on when my boy got scraped up.

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post #4 of 10 Old 10-14-2012, 10:16 PM
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have you ever had your horse overreach when in bell boots, and catch herself so much on the bell boot that she trips and goes down? That happened to me, so now I am scared to use them.
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post #5 of 10 Old 10-14-2012, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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No she has never tripped....She just didn't feel as free through her body, like she didn't want to stretch out. I'm thinking maybe some lightweight bells...I think I'd rather take the risk of falling than have her over reaching and laming herself up.

She definitely got an artery when she did that; You can see how bright the blood is and how much. The cut wasn't huge but she did have a lot on her back feet where she hit and left a trail when I took her back to the trailer.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #6 of 10 Old 10-23-2012, 05:04 AM
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This is why your worried to ride her? Bummer :( I've never once ran my mare without boots on. So much that can go wrong, and boots really help to prevent it. The cut looks low, by her coronet? I don't think your bell boots would rub
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She definitely got an artery when she did that; You can see how bright the blood is and how much. The cut wasn't huge but she did have a lot on her back feet where she hit and left a trail when I took her back to the trailer.
Whoops. Ridden a horse in bellboots twice in my life I think. No, it's obviously definitely not an artery - it would have been spurting if it was. But blood in hooves is under a fair bit of pressure, so even little nicks can produce an aweful lot of blood.

If she overreaches, I'd want to try to get to the bottom of it & address the cause, not just the symptom, as bell boots can stop cuts but not bruising. Eg. Her high, contracted heels & so slower 'breakover' may be the main problem.
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post #8 of 10 Old 10-23-2012, 08:07 PM
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I will never ever race with out bell boots on, I do however go with out my smb's at times in thick dirt so the dirt doesn't get caught up in there.. Most of the time I take her boots off between runs.
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post #9 of 10 Old 10-23-2012, 11:50 PM
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Some horses naturally overreach. I heard it's common in strong runners
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post #10 of 10 Old 10-24-2012, 01:14 AM Thread Starter
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She definitely is powerful horse to handle for being so little. She digs in so hard around the turn too that her hind end meets her front end. I can't feel it though on her like I can on other horses, so I assumed she wasn't doing it. Plus, up until now she wasn't. She wasn't sure of her job yet and didn't get under herself as much. Now she knows whats up and it applying herself; No more bootless runs....

I watched a video over again of us in the warmup and I saw her do it again turning a barrel, she got her legs out of the way but I have no doubt she turned that second biwrangle pole and was so caught in the moment she just ran harder and didn't realize she did it until we had stopped...Just like any human on adrenaline.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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