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My horse seems to have a knack for injuring his back legs in the pasture. No one knows how he's doing it, but he has had scratches on the front of both rear legs, he has almost like a puncture type scratch on the inside of one of his rear ankle (hock?) and then today I went out and he has cut himself pretty good on the back of one of his front hooves, where the hoof meets the skin down by the frog. I was just wondering, is there something I can put on his lower legs to keep them protected while he's in the pasture, so he wont keep doing this? Like I said, no one can figure out how he's doing it. He is pastured with two other horses and neither one of them are having this problem.
 

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For scratches and injuries along the front of the back legs, unfortunately MIE's suggestion of fetlock boots won't help much. I would also be leery about turning out without supervision in them; my concern would be that they can ride up quite a bit if the horse decides to really play hard, roll, and lie down in them.
There are some protective boots that are specially designed for turnout, such as:
Equi-Chaps® Hardy Chaps | Help prevent leg injury | Equilibrium Products - In Harmony With Horses
That will protect the entire leg from knee or hock down. You can buy them for all 4 legs, thus protecting the entire leg. The company specially designed them for turnout for fairly long periods of time, so they won't compromise circulation.
You could potentially use SMB boots, or perhaps a splint, but my concern would be overheating, and durability.
As for the cuts on the heel bulb area of the front legs, bell boots would be the answer if you don't go with the Equillibruim product.
 

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Thanks JDI, I didn't know that the ankle boots weren't that great. I see some out at the barn I board as using those for turn out.

I see SMB's being used, especially at a GP Trainers barn, he uses them on his German Import Horses, but he only turns his horses out for an hour to 2 a day.
 

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MIE, I love my fetlock boots for riding in, but even just putting them on, they can ride up a bit, so - and this is just my opinion, they wouldn't be great for long-term turnout. Having said that, I haven't tried them so I don't know for sure firsthand.
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Ok so bell boots are probably my first item to buy. This is the first time he has cut himself down that far, but it had me worried because it is a decent gash and I was worried about it hurting his hoof. Last thing I need is a lame horse! The one's on his lower legs are 'superficial' but still, not very attractive to see a horse with cuts on their legs. I'll look into the other ones but I'm just not sure how they will do since he is pasture boarded, he would basically be wearing them 24x7 except for the times that I ride him. I'd worry about him sweating under them, his legs developing skin issues due to not being able to 'breathe' especially if there's moisture under there...what if it rains, etc...
 

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I would forward all your questions to the manufacturers of the product, they should be more than happy to answer all of your questions. Their products are designed to be super breathable, but I would be concerned about leaving ANYthing on 24/7. What type of fencing is he on? Perhaps that's the problem? Does he have any skin conditions (i.e. "scratches") that might make him want to itch his hind legs?
 

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No skin conditions I can see. I was informed when it looked like he might be getting 'scratches' on his pasturns to put desinex on it to prevent that from happening...that was when it was raining every week and the grass was dewey even when it didn't rain. But it's dry now.
 

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Well, it appears that he bruised his 'bulb' (had to look up the term) so I'm thinking that bell boots wouldn't have helped prevent that one too much.
 

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Depends on the bell boots... some are rubber, but others are actually quite thick. If your horse clips its front heels (hell bulbs) with his hind hooves on a regular basis, it might be an idea to put pull-on rubber boots... I'm not sure how something like a Pro Choice boot wears 24/7.
 

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Yep as JDI said, it depends on the bell boot. I had a horse that would pull it's front shoe off or at least bend it every ride by striking the hind toes on the bulk/heel of the front hoof. Just a pair of thick and fairly long bell boots did the trick and she never pulled a show under saddle again. If you can find a pair that will wear well in the paddock and not rub, bell boots can definitely help prevent the bruising.
 
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