Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Overreach boots? Bell boots? What to use and how to size?
My Quarterhorse has an extreme overreach… even when he's lagging along as slow as he can go, he oversteps with his back hooves by a good couple inches… when he's motivated, he oversteps by six inches to twelve inches, and I've seen him overreach by more than that, too!
I rode him the other day, and when we got home, I saw that he'd hit one of his front hooves with a back hoof and had cut it open quite badly… it's gashed pretty deeply and it's a wide injury… but thankfully it's not sore and he's not limping on it…
I think some of the reason he oversteps so much is because he's a very compact horse. Small backed, longer legs, etc… but very compact. He's also an extremely smooth ride… very easy to ride at all gaits whether undersaddle or bareback… very, very smooth. (He has much, much more of an overstep than my two Walkers).
Since he oversteps so much, I think I should probably invest in some sort of boots to protect his front legs… but I'm not sure what kind would be best or how to make sure they'll even fit him…
Jaxxon's hooves are definitely not long. He keeps them wore down naturally, and rarely do they ever need filed. My farrier is extremely satisfied with his hooves as they are, so I don't think that is the problem here. I think it's just his small, compacted body coupled with his longer legs that causes him to overreach so badly.
Does anyone have any recommendations?
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (1994 TWH mare), Dakota (2006 TWH gelding), Jo (2012 TWH filly) & Minnie (1992 Paint mare)