Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Southcentral Kansas
You can get a better pad material for the inside of the boot a lot cheaper at a place that sells exercise pads. (here we get it at walmart). It's a really dense material. Cut them to fit and you can replace them much more economically than the ones they sell for the boots. This comfort will help your horse walk properly which will give you the end result of much better hoof health. Sounds like he needs to redevelop/condition his heels. I can't remember the name of the cushion at the heel, but it would be weak due to the current hoof health. Once they are strong he will be able to do without the boots. As for jumping, I would wait until my horses hooves were in shape and then do so barefoot.
Bell boots may help keep the lil bits of gravel out, try it..