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    01-02-2012, 12:23 PM
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Thumbs down Over-reaching and turning out.

Alright. Well moose has always been a pretty bad Over-reacher (?) since I e had him. Although at the old place his pasture was a massive hill, super rocky, and just over flooded with mud and he never ran around so I never put bell boots on him.
Well we are at the new place and since Friday when I brought him over he has been turned out in the outdoor grass ring where he can get to know his future herd mates over the fence and has been stalled at night.
Well now since he can actually run around and be a horse without getting hung up in the 10 feet of mud he is over-reaching not terribly bad but he did skin his leg pretty good the other day. Now since he is still in the ring til tomorrow when I release him in the. If field with the other horses he is wearing his over-reach non slip boots.

Now my real question is, is that when he gets turned out on the huge 60 acre field with all the other horses I'm worried about his Over-reaching since I know he will do alot of running around. Once he is turned out in the big field he will be brought inside in the Am for grain then hayed and turned back out til around 6 when I bring him inside and grain and hay him. Then he will be turned back out. Unless it is a blizzard or any other bad bad weather then he will come inside over night. Otherwise he's out 24/7.

Now what should I do? Should I buy a rubber pair of fleece lined boots and have them put on in the Am and then when I feed at night take them off? Or just leave him be? I'm kinda stumped!
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    01-02-2012, 03:19 PM
I guess the first thing I would do is have a farrier look at him & perhaps square the toes in back. Personally I don't like leaving boots on for any length of time.
    01-02-2012, 03:30 PM
I agree with the above ^^^
    01-02-2012, 03:30 PM
Originally Posted by natisha    
I guess the first thing I would do is have a farrier look at him & perhaps square the toes in back. Personally I don't like leaving boots on for any length of time.

I agree with this. A lot of over-reaching problems can be fixed with a farrier who knows what they are doing.
    01-02-2012, 04:10 PM
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Well whoever did his feet prior to me getting them really messed them up I just had them done 2 weeks ago so he won't be due til February
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    01-03-2012, 12:28 AM
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    01-03-2012, 12:31 AM
I'd put over reach boots on him and just check them regularly.
    01-03-2012, 12:37 AM
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I would still have a farrier look at him if possible and see if its a hoof thing that can be fixed. And also try out the boots for a few days. Its its causing problems for his legs and feet then take them off if not then I would keep them till you can find out something with the farrier.
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    01-22-2012, 10:37 PM
See I told you to have rich square his toes =P maybe ask him about it thursday?
    01-22-2012, 10:48 PM
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Yeah I wrote myself a note to remind myself to tell rich about that Thursday lol
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