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post #1 of 9 Old 07-05-2012, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Wont Move in Bell Boot?

So Today I wanted to step up our training- With giving my saddleseat horse more snap to his step. I was going to put chains on- but then I figured the Bell boots probably weigh the same. These bell boots are the soild rubber kind with double velcro closers maybe a half a pund or a thrid of a pound. When finally put on he acted naughtily-
I was wondering why he would refuse to move in them- I know they are rubbing/feel weird but in his past he's done this training.

It got to the point where he was acting all sorts of a fool- So I took them off. He was throwing higher after, so kinda a win.

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-05-2012, 07:46 PM
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Should not be using them to increase action. They may have been too tight also.

If all you need is a little oomph, get some bracelets.

But the bell boots protect against overreach.
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-05-2012, 07:55 PM
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Bell boots feel strange on a horse. If the horse hasn't used them in pasture then they won't understand them under saddle.

Try riding over raised poles or calvaletti.

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Mmmkay I'll try putting them on during pasture time/all day, as well then.

I think the pure point of having the boots on was acheived- But we were wonky.
And I will continue to do my tiny cavalettis lol

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If you plan on the horse wearing rubber bell boots all day, watch that they don't rub him raw or you will defeat your purpose.
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Is he hobble broke? He might think he is hobbled...sounds stupid, but you never know.
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Way to think out of the box, Cowchick!!
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Way to think out of the box, Cowchick!!
LOL! thanks Sky!

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^ its not as stupid as you'd think! It happened to me xD One of our geldings is hobble broke (granted, he's a ranch horse, not a gaited saddleseat horse) and when we put bellboots and leg wraps on him once, he flat out refused to move and had the most confused look on his face o.o

OP, try putting them on him while he's just walking around grazing or something, just so he realizes that he can actually move in them before trying to ride in them.
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