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post #1 of 19 Old 05-28-2016, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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I'm a bad horse owner - I've hurt my poor horse due to ignorance

I just got my first horse a month ago and I manged to hurt her, not badly but I feel awful.

When I got her, she came with tack and the previous owner told me to always use her boots because she catches her front legs with her back legs. I was a bit suspicious because those boots looked a bit big for her but I thought "That guy grew up with horses, I'm a newbie - who am I to question it?". I didn't use the boots for a while because we were only doing walk and light trotting (until I can get my anxiety down) but yesterday I was planning on cantering for the first time and I put them on.

My mares leg is rubbed bloody and I really feel terrible for doing that to her. And she is such a good girl, she really tried hard for me, even though she was in pain. I'm a bad, bad horse owner. Poor thing.
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Don't beat yourself up too much! You didn't know any better and were relying on the experience of the previous owner. I think any one of us in your shoes probably would have done the same thing.

I've never heard of boots doing that to a horse. They must have been too loose so caused rubbing, but it sounds extreme. If its more than a few minor scrapes you should call in a vet. However, I haven't seen any pictures so ask the more experienced people at your barn what they think. And ask more than one of them.
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Rubbed by the boot, just the one leg? Did the guy show you how to put the boots on correctly?
Without seeing it the best I can advise is to clean thoroughly, cold hose for 10 to 15 minutes and apply salve. The hosing should help any swelling. Hopefully the treatment is overkill, but back to without seeing, I don't know just how bad it is.
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I take it they were overreach boots? And her pastern has rubbed sore? I've used them myself in the last but I've never had that problem - at the most the boots rub their hair a bit short if you use them regularly.

Don't beat yourself up about your mare. Treat her sores and they'll heal rapidly. It just goes to show that often your instinct is better than bad advice, and that even lifelong horse people can get things wrong. Something doesn't quite fit though - did her previous owner always use boots on her? And if so, either she regularly had bloody legs, (which seems unlikely, and she would have scars to show) or something went wrong with the boots yesterday and they rubbed her badly. Or maybe he gave you a larger pair of boots than the ones he always used for her?

Congratulations on cantering with your horse! Don't let this minor complication detract from your achievement. It's great that you're feeling confident on her again.
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It isn't too bad. My instructor looked at it and rolled her eyes and muttered something about brand new parents and newborns... But she treated it and will look again when she comes in today.

She also looked at the boots and told me that they are too big for her so the hang too low.

And one of my dogs just woke up with a swollen eye. I swear, I seem to be a walking animal cruelty case!
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tell the farrier about this. there are ways to trim/shoe that may help reduce the clipping of the back feet onto the front , ways that help the horse move the front feet out of the way faster, so they aren't hit by the back feet. not a guarantee, though.
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I take it they were overreach boots? And her pastern has rubbed sore? I've used them myself in the last but I've never had that problem - at the most the boots rub their hair a bit short if you use them regularly.

Don't beat yourself up about your mare. Treat her sores and they'll heal rapidly. It just goes to show that often your instinct is better than bad advice, and that even lifelong horse people can get things wrong. Something doesn't quite fit though - did her previous owner always use boots on her? And if so, either she regularly had bloody legs, (which seems unlikely, and she would have scars to show) or something went wrong with the boots yesterday and they rubbed her badly. Or maybe he gave you a larger pair of boots than the ones he always used for her?

Congratulations on cantering with your horse! Don't let this minor complication detract from your achievement. It's great that you're feeling confident on her again.
I'm not too sure what happened but it's definitely the boots, actually one of them as it had blood on the inside, along the edge. Maybe the lining got frayed in the meantime because the plastic is exposed. I'll throw them away and get a smaller pair.

I'm not sure if they are "overreach" boots, English is not my first language but I don't think so. They are those longish boots which go at the back of the leg and are fastened with Velcro.

Than you for your advice.
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tell the farrier about this. there are ways to trim/shoe that may help reduce the clipping of the back feet onto the front , ways that help the horse move the front feet out of the way faster, so they aren't hit by the back feet. not a guarantee, though.
Will do, thank you. I didn't know that could be helped.
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Don't beat yourself up too much! You didn't know any better and were relying on the experience of the previous owner. I think any one of us in your shoes probably would have done the same thing.

I've never heard of boots doing that to a horse. They must have been too loose so caused rubbing, but it sounds extreme. If its more than a few minor scrapes you should call in a vet. However, I haven't seen any pictures so ask the more experienced people at your barn what they think. And ask more than one of them.
Thank you. My instructor treated it and didn't think it's major at all. She will look again today.
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It happens.

I have had horses rub on well fitted boots, mud can get into them and also cause rubs.

These leg wraps are really good, offer protection and cannot really be put on to tight as the neoprene flexes and has give.

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