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HarleyWood 11-18-2011 11:46 PM

Hoof care?
so i was wondering about leaving bell boots on my horses when they are outside in the pasture. they are out 24/7 but they wouldnt be wearing them all the time. i would only have them on my 13 year old Quarter horse gelding. also my 4 year old Paint who sometimes clicks and has white hoofs. the snow fell today not much but can get slick and stuff so i was wondering what to do. hopefully this winter wont be that bad.

i know my friends moms horse that is like 6 foot 4 at his shoulder wears those rubber ones all the time.

my horses love to run and play my 3 year old will pick on my 4 year old adn they will cahse each other and i just want them to be safe. im hoping that my 4 year old will be my gammer next year.

what do you guys think? what do you do? this is my first winter with my two paints and they are my youngest horses yet haha.

loosie 11-19-2011 04:40 PM

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Firstly why do feel the need to put boots on them? What's the problem? Any boot can be problematic when left on for long periods and rubbing injuries are common. I'd consider hoof boots rather than bell boots could be better for this reason, for a horse that needs them in the paddock & only use them if absolutely necessary & the horse was being checked regularly & boots off. I'd also address the reason the horse was overreaching or whatever that caused the need.

MyBoyPuck 11-20-2011 06:18 PM

If the horses are barefoot, they'll be fine in snow. Otherwise, not sure why you're feeling the need for boots.

bubba13 11-20-2011 07:37 PM

1. A horse that is 6'4" at the shoulder would be, what, 21+ hands high?
2. There is no structural difference between a white, black, or striped hoof.
3. "Clicking" can be over-reaching due to structural issues, poor hoof care, or arthritis.
4. It is generally not advisable to put boots on a horse long term because of potential rubbing.
5. Bell boots will not give them traction in the snow. You need special horseshoes for that.
6. When you talk about "rubber ones," do you mean barefoot hoof boots?

goneriding 11-20-2011 07:47 PM

Sometimes we need to let horses be just that, horses.

loosie 11-21-2011 02:07 AM

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Originally Posted by bubba13 (Post 1239503)
1. A horse that is 6'4" at the shoulder would be, what, 21+ hands high?

193cm or about 19.2hh still pretty bloomin big!:-)

bubba13 11-21-2011 02:08 AM


Originally Posted by loosie (Post 1239860)
193cm or about 19.2hh still pretty bloomin big!:-)

At the shoulder. Though I assume it's safe to say the OP actually meant "withers." :wink:

HarleyWood 11-21-2011 06:10 PM

hes like 6 foot 2 or something i just know hes 6 inches taller them me roughly. and im 5 foot 8 1/2. haha yea wither. i saw some horses with bell bppts on in the pasture (my friend also does it for her WP horse) he brushes/hits his hoof together when he walks. and others say their horses overreach and thats why they have them on.

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