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post #1 of 20 Old 11-18-2010, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Bell Boots while trailriding

I have a very dumb question!

I have never used bell boots, I actually always looked at them as a rodeo piece of equipment. I just never needed them that I was aware of!

ANYWAY..... While trailriding with another couple a few weeks back, it was suggested that I get a pair because it would help my Spotted saddle horse gait a little smoother (she is not the smoothest) and would help her front feet. While riding with this know it all couple, I didn't want to sound stupid (which I am) so I didn't ask, but exactly how would bell boots do or help me while trail riding??? My mare is not extremely smooth at gait, and she is slightly tenderfooted on rough ground, she is shod. She does not strike her front hoofs with the back and that is what I thought the bell boots helped with.

So please answer some questions for this dummy!!

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post #2 of 20 Old 11-18-2010, 12:10 PM
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Rhonda, I am with you on this question. I look forward to hearing how regular bell boots could help your horses gait.


My horse wears bell boots pretty much 24/7 when he has shoes on (which is most of the time) to make his shoe removal game a little more challenging. I take them off right before I go into the ring (I show hunters so they are not allowed) and they go back on when he comes out.
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I don't see how they would help with the gait. Some horses are very dramatic when they have boots on their legs and exaggerate the motion but that is typically initially - not a constant.
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I don't believe bell boots can help the gate. In fact I was told by old hunter/jumper instructor (with like 40-50 years of experience, very well know in area) that they interfer with the movement and should be avoided.

Personally I still keep bell boots on even on trail rides and in arena (because she wears them 24/7 anyway), and didn't notice any "interfering", but I definitely didn't notice any improvement in gait either.
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post #5 of 20 Old 11-18-2010, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Two of you responded that your horses wears bell boots 24/7.... why?? What DO they help with???

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post #6 of 20 Old 11-18-2010, 12:21 PM
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I'm with you all, I thought they were only for avoiding strikes from the rear hooves?? That's what I use them for, since Sandie went and took a chunk out of the back of her front leg once when we were galloping without them!

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Two of you responded that your horses wears bell boots 24/7.... why?? What DO they help with???

Rhonda
I'm assuming they mean because they get turned out with them, so if they're running around in the pasture they won't do what my mare did

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Nope. My horse wears them in his stall, turned out, any time he is not actually in the show ring.

He finds shoe removing to be a fun horse sport. With out his bell boots his shoes do not stand a chance.


After giving him an evening bath I put him away in his stall for the night with out his bell boots on. When I took him out in the early AM the next day to leave for a show, he had removed one of his front shoes. Yes, over night in his stall.

I use the rubber pull on style.
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Ok, Always behind, I can understand why you would need/want the bell boots. Not only for the safety of his foot but $$$ saved!!!

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The entire point of bell boots is to protect the heel from overreaching, and of course help keep horses from pulling shoes that have them. My mare is barefoot, but she has a horrible habit, of overreaching and cutting her heel bulbs with her hind feet. She does this on an almost consistent basis. I turn her out, or round pen her, and pretty much every time, she's managed to catch one of not both front feet. I finally got bell boots after being able to handle her feet better, and I can see where she steps on them when I turn her out. I have used them on a couple of my horses, but all because they over reached.
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