Bell Boots...?

What is the primary use for bell boots and would it be ok to use on a western horse? She had a callous barb wire cut finishing year and it's healed other but every once in a while she will overreach and capture her front hoof and causes it to bleed. I am afraid she will do alot of interfere with to her foot. Would bell boots help this problem. She is a 10 yr old-fashioned Polish Arabian Mare.
Answers: I believe that you should use bell boots as it will protect the back of her front foot (her heal). Bell boots are used in English and Western disciplines and most horses that enjoy front shoes on wear these when on turnout in proclaim to prevent the shoes from coming off. Just a piece of guidance though: make sure that if you depart the bell boots on all the time, when you rinse her stale, pull them up so that the moisture doesn't stay surrounded by. I have see horses with unpromising fungus and sores from bell boots being on for too long and not letting the skin breath underneath it. Also, you can carry bell boots with velcro on them so that they are completely easy to put on/take past its sell-by date everytime you ride. A lot of western riders have "no turn" bell boots wich are shaped differently than other bell boots. They are designed to not turn around and own a piece of the material which is made to fit right higher than the heal. This will prevent rotation but contained by your case, I don't recommend it since this would be touching her deformity and could irritate it...
Best of luck and I think you are doing the not detrimental thing for your mare.
If she have an over reaching problem, you need to settle to your shoer (whether she wears shoes or not) and relate him. Bell boots will help protect the cut, but if you trail ride you can capture mud and debri caught up surrounded by them.


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