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    12-07-2011, 06:52 PM
Strange problem - Banging feet on ankles

My gelding is not the most graceful horse. When he rolls he smacks his feet against his ankles (has front shoes on) and breaks the skin. He is 24/7 turnout. I am getting to the point where I think I need to keep him booted all the time but I don't want him to get gross under the boots. I have tried upside down bell boots but so far none stay up high enough to always protect this from happening. I have also wrapped his ankles in a couple layers of vet wrap and this keeps him from busting himself open. Anyone else encountered this and have some good solutions?
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    12-07-2011, 06:54 PM
If you left the bell boots on normally would that block him smacking his shoes on his legs at all?
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    12-07-2011, 07:15 PM
Tried it and so far not found a pair of boots that stay down or cover that far.
    12-07-2011, 07:18 PM
Has anyone used these? Cashel Stall Sore Boots -

Could they be turned inward to cover the inside of his ankle?
    12-07-2011, 08:55 PM
My question is, what is wrong with his conformation or shoeing that is making him knock himself? I'd talk to the farrier first, discuss balancing his feet differently, discuss pulling the shoes to miminize the damage, and then even wonder about calling the vet for a soundness/neurological exam if this is a fairly recent development.
    12-07-2011, 09:04 PM
It's not fairly recent, just an ongoing struggle. He does it when he rolls because he just smacks his feet together and makes no attempt to be gentle about it. He has shoes on because he has a congenital defect in his coffin bone where he is missing a chunk and had a break on one of the weakened points so the decision between vet, surgeons, myself and farrier was to prevent future possible problems by stabilizing the foot with a shoe. He's very sound and doesn't knock himself when being ridden or out running around.

If he didn't roll I wouldn't have a problem...but he loves to roll ;)

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