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post #1 of 6 Old 07-01-2011, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Bell boots when a horse is turned out

Why do some people put bell boots on a horse when they are turned out? I've seen many horses with the boots on but never knew the reasoning for it.
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-01-2011, 02:14 PM
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Some overreach. One of mine manages to cut herself right above the front hoof, so I keep pull-ons on her 24/7.

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post #3 of 6 Old 07-01-2011, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Well now it makes since! Thanks for clearing that up!
I just never thought of that I guess. haha
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-01-2011, 02:21 PM
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I started leaving them on after my horse pulled a shoe in his paddock, as well as for convenience.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-02-2011, 07:36 AM
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My friend keeps bells on his horse 24/7 because he is notorious for pulling his shoes off.

I keep bells on my boy, because he's great at over reaching and cutting up his front heels.

Keeping Bell Boots on, are far from convenient IMO. You have to regularily clean under them, ensure that your horse isn't incurring rubs, scars, infections, hair loss, etc, etc from the bells being on. Lots of mud and dirt get caught up in there, and also lack of oxygen. Everytime you bring your horse in, you always have to flip them upside down and brush and clean under there to keep anything from "showing up".

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-02-2011, 07:45 AM
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Yep, while we were correcting my boys long toes he had bell boots on in the paddock to ensure he didn't hurt himself or pull his front shoes off.

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