Hey guys I've had my paint mare for just over two months now. Whenever I take her for a walk down the road she is constantly tripping. She does this both walking and walking under saddle. I live on a hard packed dirt road with a small amount of pebbles and loose rocks.
I've asked the farrier about this and she said that moisture in the pasture could be causing this. Only problem is that it hasn't rained it weeks here. I do not want to get her shod. Would renegade boots or something similar help? Let me know guys
It sounds like the tripping is definately associated with tender feet. You have to keep in mind that some horses will never ever be 100% barefoot. They are in soft pastures and then asked to walk down a rocky road. Its not much different than you taking off your shoes and walking down a rocky road, its going to hurt. And YES, boots should give you instant results. You shouldnt ride your horse again until you have boots or shoes - whatever your choice. Not only could your horse get seriously injured from a trip but you could to. Be safe!!
Tripping is not the same as "picking steps" which is what most horses do with sensitve soles.
Perhaps her trim is not up to date? How is she on other surfaces? eg. sand, grass, pavement/concrete, wood, matting. Does it seem to be with all her feet, or just one?
She had her feet done two weeks ago and was like this even right after a trim. She is fine on grass and she seems to know this. When going down the road she will always try to walk in the grass along the sides. She is like this with her front feet.
I agree with not riding her in the road until I get her shoes. I know she is sound and healthy. She also loves to trot but will not do it on the road.
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Also, if her feet are that sensitive, boots will really help her as they will give her complete sole protection! Years ago when I used to have my horses shod, I had one horse that was tripping, drop to his knees, skin his nose on the ground and I almost went over his head many times. He not only just had tender feet but the farrier was really hacking away at his soles. I bought a pair of boots for him and I had a new horse. He moved out much quicker as he was pokey and would go along on the rockiest of roads.
What type of boots did you use? I've heard good reviews about renegades.
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My barn owner has a horse with sensitive feet and she uses BOA boots on him. We have a dirt/gravel road where we hack and they work perfectly for him. They can be left on the horse for turnout as well. I think she said they can stay on 23 out of 24 hours! She's tried many boots and the BOA boots were the best.
You can also try putting venice turpentine on your horse's soles to harden them a little bit. Don't put it on the frog though, just the sole!!
bnayc -- so, is she actually tripping? You asked about tripping, but your further detail indicates to me that it's not tripping, but as you suspected, sensitive soles.
If she's just sensitive, yes boots will help. I have no experience with boots YET, but my easyboot gloves are on order and I can't wait for them to arrive!
Aiya what does BOA stand for?
Yes she sort of stumbles on her front feet. She doesnt pick them up all the way on the roads and doesnt like standing still on the rocks. I know it isnt a lameness or sound issue, as she will be back to normal the second we hit grass or sand.
I think Boa is the actual name, sorry I shouldn't have made it all caps! Here is the website... Boa® Horse Boot | Advanced Hoof Protection | EasyCare Inc
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