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post #11 of 19 Old 05-28-2016, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Foxhunter View Post
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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That's a good idea. Thank you.
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post #12 of 19 Old 05-28-2016, 05:58 AM
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This happens - and it will happen again.

Often it's not immediate but many owners do things that aren't great for their horses and then later look back and kick themselves for it.

One common one is saddle fit - lots of new horse owners don't know about saddles and saddle fit. When I got my first pony me and my mother went to a second hand store and bought a saddle for $200. I sat in it there and it seemed fine. We had no concept of saddle fit, and I had a instructor but it had never been properly explained, it had just been said you need to fit at least two fingers under the pommel. So I rode in that saddle for the next year and until my horse got really grumpy in canter transitions we didn't know anything was wrong. Eventually we learned, had to get his back worked on, re-stuff saddle etc.

It happens, and we try to avoid but when it does happen we need to acknowledge it, learn from it, and move forward.

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post #13 of 19 Old 05-28-2016, 07:29 AM
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Your trainer's reaction means it's probably nothing at all. Someone at our barn said something similar when my horse scratched his face on something. I was all, "Oh my gosh, what did he DO???" and she just laughed. I've since learned that horses get scratches and superficial wounds all the time, as part of their effort to kill themselves on a daily basis. Your horse is going to be FINE; maybe just have your instructor look at the fit of the boots. I'm sure you've had a rubbed spot on your foot from an ill-fitting shoe before--not a big deal! And congrats on the horse!
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post #14 of 19 Old 05-28-2016, 10:31 AM
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A farrier should be able to correct the timing of the breakover of the hoof that is causing this issue. Don't beat yourself up over this----I've seen even experienced trail riders return to camp with a horse whose hoofboots sored a leg. Since your trainer is on top of this, just follow her directions and the horse should be fine.
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post #15 of 19 Old 05-28-2016, 12:01 PM
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Horses do this all the time, don't worry.

I assume based on the description, the boots were splint boots - Maybe like these?

I don't really use splint boots just because I like sport boots better, but they shouldn't rub like that regardless. Maybe there was already a scab and it just pulled it off?

I will recommend to you maybe getting some sport boots. These are my favorite -


(She also sponsors me so I feel like I should leave her link, though any Iconoclast boots from anyone are good.)

Even though they are a little spendy, they are worth it for the support I think. They will also protect against scrapes and such. Along with those maybe get some bell boots, or overreach boots (Also seen on that page). I'm a bit of a boot freak, I always ride with them because I've had a lot of times when I go to work that a horse comes out injured from hitting itself or something. Not an issue at your level of riding right now, but maybe in the future, and it will give you peace of mind until then.

Agreed also to talk to your farrier. Is your farrier a member of the AFA? If not I would look up one who is on here.


Not to say a farrier can't be good when they aren't certified, but....They generally aren't good unless they are certified. If there isn't one in your area take what you can get and stick with who you are using, but if there is, I'd call and try to get on the books because even though it's a few extra bucks it's SO worth it not to have any trouble, to have someone who can diagnose problems, and to have someone do a good job so you don't loose shoes every other day. Quality is the difference between a 60$ shoe job and a $100 shoe job! (Or trim.) I have participated in a lot of their competitions and certifications, these guys are the real deal - I would let even the rookies work on any of my horses.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #16 of 19 Old 05-28-2016, 03:55 PM
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Sounds like she was hitting herself under the boots.

I agree, your trainer thinks you're being silly :P They can will and do get hurt, and you can't worry about every tiny thing, your trainer's reaction makes me feel loads better without a picture.

I am sure she will be fine, and regardless, if they are too big get new boots, ask your trainer what she recommends.
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post #17 of 19 Old 05-28-2016, 04:30 PM
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Don't be too hard on yourself, you didn't do it on purpose and everyone has to learn. Even people brought up with horses learn every day and make mistakes.

Remember there are sick people in the world who put certain boots on horses to make them sore on purpose... :(
At least you obviously love your mare (and dog!) very much and they are lucky to have an owner that cares!

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post #18 of 19 Old 05-28-2016, 05:12 PM
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I don't mean to make light of what you're feeling, but I remember being in Montreal once and deciding I was going to walk across town to a shop I really wanted to visit. I've never been fond of public transportation. I walked until my feet blistered and bled... and still, kept walking (heck, I was almost there!). And then I walked back. Have done that a few times in my youthful travels, being too vain to just put on a darn pair of sneakers. Not anymore. I don't care what I look like, it's comfy shoes for me when traveling!

Thing is, you could not have known these boots were going to hurt your mare until you tried them. Now you know and won't use them again! That's not bad horse ownership, it's learning and moving on.

Also, I rode my horse twice when he had abscesses which burst not long after. They were on the coronet band and I never saw them, nor was he ever lame! He can be stoic about pain. I felt horrible when the farrier told me he had burst abscesses - twice! I brush him thoroughly, clean his hooves daily, and yet never saw them. I hear about people soaking their horse's hooves in epsom salt like it's a big deal, but I just kept on riding! You can't act on what you don't know. Don't beat yourself up. You're doing great.
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post #19 of 19 Old 05-28-2016, 06:59 PM
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If you are talking about the back hooves hitting the heals of the front, that is overreach. The suggestions you've gotten so far do not protect the part of the heal being hit. These are overreach boots.
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Please don't beat yourself up, you were only doing what the previous owner said needed done. You were trying to protect your horse. I know many horses that need them, I have had horses that needed them. Some hoof trims can help but if your horse has an overstep it is how the horse walks.
Watch her walk. Look for the print left in the ground from the front hoof. Watch where the rear hoof, on the same side of course;), lands. If it lands past the print from the front hoof, she overreaches. It's not a bad thing, I prefer it myself, just how some horses step. :)

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