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    10-11-2010, 11:45 AM
Should I get him boots?

So, I have a 5 year old solid paint gelding named Cole. He was broke last summer, and I've just now started taking him out on the road. What I've noticed is he's been tripping a lot. I always pick out his hooves before and after I ride. The guy who broke him said he rode him out on gravel and he did just fine without shoes. We recently had a farrier out who said he had great hooves and he also said he didn't need shoes. So since it's most likely not a hoof problem, should I try boots?
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    10-11-2010, 12:31 PM
Green Broke
If it's not a hoof problem you probably don't need boots. If he was limping, that would be different. Some horses are just clumbsy. I've rode several like that, including an Appy gelding just 2 days ago who did nothing but trip over his feet through the whole ride.
Not sure what your guy is like, but what i've found is alot of the time they trip when they're not paying attention but they/he could just come by this stumbling naturally as well.
    10-11-2010, 12:55 PM
If he's tripping a lot something tells me may be his toes are too long. That was my problem too till I switched the farrier: old guy didn't take enough toe off my qh and she was tripping badly, new guy does and it improved a lot. Pics of his trim would help tremendously.

If he ouchy on gravel (and usually you can tell that) then I'd consider boots. I personally keep pair of boot for each horse, but rarely put them on (only in very rocky parks).
    10-11-2010, 03:34 PM
He's usually clumsy about things, I just didn't want him to keep tripping and get hurt or something. Especially on pavement. He's never completely fallen before though; Hopefully it'll stay that way. Thanks for the help.
    10-11-2010, 04:13 PM
Green Broke
Boots won't help tripping. I would work him over poles to get him to pick up his feet better. Also ask your farrier to back up the toes some. Tripping can also be a symptom of a sore back or shoulders/hips. If pole work and backing up his toes doesn't help, I'd have a good chiropractor out to check him out and check your saddle fit/placement.

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