therapeutic hock wraps caused my horse to go bonkers, advice?
If this is a training issue I can handle this, what I'm wondering is if anyone else has had this experience and perhaps its not training.
I have some BOT hock wraps I wanted to try on my 30yr old retiree. Both his hocks are shot, and one hock is capped. My wraps do not have the hole in the hock.
I put on the wraps while breakfast was being served, and they fit nicely, etc. All is well for a while, then he starts to fidget, and bam, freaks out runs backwards trying to climb his butt up the stall wall (thank goodness it was deeply bedded). He was absolutely freaking out about his hocks, holding his leg up so high and out so far he nearly got his hoof over the kickwall. :eek: He retained sense through his panic, and calmed down immediately once the wraps were off.
This is a very bomb proof horse, and this reaction is extremely out of character for him. Though he's never worn hock boots before, he has had shipping boots on, has worn all manner of leg wraps on the cannons, I even made a stifle sling for him once, etc. New things are normally 'whatever' with him. Having said that, he did freak out in a similar fashion once when being introduced to a muzzle, he darn near passed out from terror actually, it was odd. So, its possible its training.
Has anyone ever had a similar experience with BOT products? or hock wraps in general? Could they be heating up and making odd sensations? Could they be pressing down on the point of hock and making an uncomfortable feeling?
I don't want to train my horse to accept something that is making him uncomfortable. Poor old man has so much heart he'd do it if I said do it, even if it hurt.
Thanks for any help or advice.