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        11-18-2010, 01:25 PM
    Originally Posted by RhondaLynn    
    Ok, Always behind, I can understand why you would need/want the bell boots. Not only for the safety of his foot but $$$ saved!!!

    Actually it would be both money and safety. Pulling a shoe - especially in a stall - the horse could step on the nails and abscess, he could rip off a chunk of hoof and the farrier would be unable to replace the shoe for a couple of weeks, etc.
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        11-18-2010, 02:13 PM
    Originally Posted by RhondaLynn    
    Two of you responded that your horses wears bell boots 24/7.... why?? What DO they help with???
    Rhonda, one of my horses manages to cut herself on back of front leg right above the hoof. She did it couple times on ice (probably it broke and cut her), so I kept the boots only in winter. But then she managed to do it last summer (I guess found a rock somewhere). So I keep them on all the time since that. Of course I take them off and clean periodically, but they are loose enough, so just kinda hang out around the leg.

    Edit: BTW, she's definitely not over-reaching - at least I never noticed in field or on ride. And I don't keep boots on my other horse (except in winter when we have ice - than I do as precaution).
        11-18-2010, 02:20 PM
    These are all valid reasons to wear bell boots and I can certainly understand why you would put them on for the reasons listed in the posts above. I just don't know why the "know it all" woman I was riding with thought I needed them for my tender footed, rough gaited mare... I guess she wasn't such a know it all after all!!!hehe!!! I am glad to know I'm NOT quite as stupid as I was beginning to think. THANKS for all the responses!

        11-18-2010, 04:01 PM
    Your horse is probably pacey or trotty. A trainer would be able to tell you if it can be trained out of them, or if they need weighted shoes-- if it's that big a deal.
        11-19-2010, 07:55 AM
    Here is North Georgia we have TWH trainers around. We took my mare to a trainer friend and I rode her in the ring. She is pacey. Most of the time I can get her into a smooth gait, but she is lazy and comes out of it fairly quickly.

    We ride mostly in the mountains here in N. Ga. They are the foothills of the smoky mtns. So it is REALLy not that big of a deal that she is not extrememly smooth because we don't have that much opportunity to ride areas where I want her in gait for long periods of time.

    Thanks to everyone who has responded to this thread.

        11-19-2010, 08:25 AM
    You should ask your friend what they meant. It would be interesting to know what they were thinking.
        11-19-2010, 08:53 AM
    Well.... they were not our friends. We met them on a ride and she had bell boots on her horse. She was a "know it all" person. We were sort of stuck riding with them for the afternoon. I have ridden all my life, but I KNOW just enought to KNOW I don't KNOW anything.(make sense??)

    When she said that, I just kinda mumbled yea... ok... not really wanting to hear more. Then I starting thinking and couldn't for the life of me figure out why bell boots would smooth out her gait and make her LESS tenderfooted. Mostly less tenderfooted. She does not have a problem with striking her front feet with the back.

        11-19-2010, 09:11 AM
    Green Broke
    I did a google search, and apparently they make weighted bell boots. Maybe that's what she meant. I had never heard of it either, but I suppose I'd prefer a weighted bell boot over some other methods I've seen...
        11-19-2010, 09:55 AM
    The reason she suggested it would be that the bell boot would add some weight. The weight is suppose to help with gaiting. To make them gait better. Like a balance thing. I have never had any success using regular bell boots and I wouldnt try the weighted ones.
        11-23-2010, 07:35 PM
    Boots, chains, any additional weight on the front end will sometimes help smooth out a rough gait. Notice I said "sometimes", not always. The front weights usually do more good for the running walk, than with the rack. Weights on the rear of a rough racking horse will sometimes help them.

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