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  • No turn or regular bell boots?
  • Leaving bell boots on in the pasture

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    01-23-2008, 11:24 AM
Bell boots

Have anyone use bell boots in pasture? My horse cuts her legs on ice every time we have winter storm. Just above the hoof on back side (front legs). Cut healed from one in Dec, but we had snow/ice storm last week again and cut there again. I bought neoprene bell boots and put on both front feet. She's doing OK with them. My question is I leave them on 24/7. Is it OK or somewhat the bell boots can rub the leg?
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    01-23-2008, 12:57 PM
The regular bell style do fine, but the no-turn boots can build up dirt and rub.
    01-23-2008, 01:14 PM
Yeah I have the no turn ones and I had to take them off they were getting caked with ice, my horse is accident prone so I am hoping she will be careful (yeah right)

She's currently healing from a pretty bad hock injury that she got before she came to me the vet said it was down to the tendon
    01-23-2008, 02:12 PM
Sorry for stupid one, but how "no turn" differs from regular? Anything specific in design? I just got my pair in TSC (it was cheap), and it didn't say whether it's no turn or not. :(
    01-23-2008, 03:14 PM

No-turn Bells:
    01-23-2008, 08:26 PM
It's perfectly fine to wear bell boots on your horse while they're in the pasture, I've seen many people do it.
    01-23-2008, 08:30 PM
I use bell boots for my horse in the pasture; he seems to do the same thing your horse does. && there's no need to buy the expensive kind, everybody at my barn uses those cheaper, pull on 'gum' type boots and they work extremely well! I wouldn't recommend those 'no-turn' for out in the pasture all the time though!
    01-23-2008, 10:08 PM
Yea, no-turns are very good when you want to protect their feet from overreach while riding. The no-turns have a little bulb inside that fits nicely in their heel to keep it from turning. Its specific purpose is to keep the tough end of the boots where they ought to be, and since the boots are more contoured, they wouldn't fit right if out of place.

I actually did use them 24/7 to keep my horse's shoes on. They didn't rub or irritate and they were very, very durable. He also didn't get any shoes off while I was using them. As far as dirt accumulation, I had no problems there either. I hosed them off every time I visited so they stayed pretty clean. I'd personally reccommend them. I got them because I was fed up with torn rubber ones that gave him no protection from overreach aside from the thin wall of rubber that composed them.
    01-24-2008, 07:40 AM
Thanks so much, guys! From pics I certainly got no-turn one. Lol! But as tim said they are sicker than rubber one and so far seems like giving good protection.

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