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post #1 of 6 Old 02-19-2011, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Swollen coronet band, Muddy paddock with bell boots.

Here's the deal, my gelding had hoof issues prior to me buying him. They are finally getting corrected with custom shoes. These shoes stuck out wider than his heel to offer support while pulling his heel out. So he wears bell boots 24/7 to help deter him from pulling a shoe. When not riding he wears cheap velcro rubber ones that I don't care if he tears up. The paddocks have gone from solid snow to now sloshy mud. While picking his hooves tonight I removed the boots to see how his hooves are growing out(he has a stress ring from just before we got him) I noticed his coronet band is swollen and puffy as well as about 1/2 inch from his hoof is hairless.
He isn't tender, I couldn't feel a pulse he has no problems walking.
What could this be? Am I freaking out over nothing? Could it be from the bell boots holding mud on his skin? I took his bell boots off because I'm worried they are doing more harm than good. The farrier is due to trim the mare I'm working with this weekend but I think I'm going to call him out Wednesday to do her as well as look at my gelding.
I don't have any pictures unfortunately :/ the soonest I can get some is Monday. Has anyone had this issue? Should I have him kept inside?
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-19-2011, 11:06 PM
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Just from reading the first few lines, i thought about barefoot trimming id really advise you to look in to it :) also my friend had bell boots on her horse for a few days and he got a really bad infection so id also advise you to take them off and see if there is any cuts or irritations
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I've talked to my farrier about going barefoot and we are as soon as his heels are back where they should be and the ground isn't freezing anymore.
When I got him his shoes were a size too small and set crooked. Then I used the farrier that everyone loved and was on rotation with. Well that lasted one time. He put hind shoes in front(if he had a reason he didn't lett me) and he did nothing to correct his heel issue and wanted to trim every 6 weeks religiously but my horse wasn't ready. I didn't like him plain and simple.
I called the guy who did my clydesdale I leased when I was 15(only 6 years ago) he lives about an hour away but agreed to do my horse. He has picked up other people at the barn unhappy with the other farrier. So he is out at least once every 2 weeks sometimes more.
We are fixing his heels then taking the shoes off. He's only shod in the front and has healthy hooves which is appariantly not common in paints since they are bred for color not hooves? What I was told. I don't know. Either way, his shoes will come off. I'll try for pictures this week.
But he has no cuts. Just puffy white coronet bands.
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Yes I would say based on your description its from the mud and moisutre trapped between his bell boots and his hoof. kinda like if you have a bandaid on too long around your nail...your cuticle gets soft and slightly puffy

Is there no way you can forgo the boots in muddy weather....if not then he may need turnout in an area that isn't quite so muddy...IE an indoor arena or something along those lines.

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post #5 of 6 Old 02-20-2011, 09:06 AM
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When feet get waterlogged, the coronet band gets swollen. It's just from excess moisture. Remove the bell boots everyday and put him in a dry stall or dry paddock so his feet can completely dry out. After a few days of this, his coronet band should look less swollen and the skin above it healthier. You will need to continue the dry stall routine until the paddock is less slushy or until he no longer needs the bell boots.
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-20-2011, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Oh thank goodness. I'm glad it's nothing too serious. I took his bell boots off. He was turned out this morning but I will pull him in and have him left inside. :) thank you for the help! I'll update when he's better!
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