My darling mare tore her heel bulbs up horribly last night, on both front feet!! Took out a big chunk in both of them, and they are very bloody and oozy... When I first had her I put her in bell boots, but she DID NOT like them, would not walk in them (literally, would refuse to come out of the stall, and when she did looked like she had foundered the way she was walking, take the bell boots off, all problems solved.) I was wondering if anyone had experience with the italian quarter bell boots, because I was thinking these might not bother her as much?
She got both fronts? Ouch! Is she due for a farrier visit? I think I'd work on getting her used to those bell boots. Have you tried the really soft, gummy ones? My sensitive TB mare loves those. I don't think I've seen the quarter bell boots you're talking about. . . I'll have to look at Dover the next time I stop there on my way to the barn. Hope she heals quickly!
She wasn't running away with me, I just couldn't stop her!
SO sorry to hear that. They find ways to hurt themselves don't they?
How old is your mare? Is she good with other items like blankets, fly mask, wraps, etc?
Perhaps you could get her used to the boots by putting them on while in the crossties for grooming, then try it in her stall, then progress to having her walk around.
Jingles for her owies.
She is 4, she is good with blankets and fly masks... she takes off her wraps!! I am going to try to work on the bell boot issue, I cant really do much with them until her heels heal up. They are really nasty looking!