Who’d have thought I’d have more than one post to write on this blog about bell boots? Back in 2013, bell boots caused Simon to sit on the ground like a dog. At the show this past weekend, we had another incident with bell boots but this time it wasn’t nearly as visual.
Since Simon has pretty severe hock arthritis, I take a lot of (USEF legal) measures to make sure that he’s comfortable at shows and doesn’t get stiff sitting in his stall. So when he came out feeling a little stiff Sunday morning, I was on alert.
His trot felt a little stiff in the front, which is not normal. Hind end weirdness? Maybe, sure. Front? No.
While I waited for my trainer I felt him going, and he did improve to normal. Plus his canter and jump felt fantastic so I decided that I was being paranoid.
This was until after my first class, when I mentioned to my trainer that he came out a little stiff.
“Yeah, I thought he looked stiff at first too,” she said. That’s when my alert raised to slight alarm, because now it just wasn’t me being paranoid.
I trotted him a few laps for her, and he felt weird starting off again. The words coming out of my mouth were something like, “Not right! Not normal! Scratch! Not worth it!” My brain on the other hand, was taking things a step farther. Lame! Suspensory! NEVER TURNING TIGHT AGAIN! BROKEN FOREVER!
Before I lept off my horse to go scratch and then call the emergency vet, my very sane and rational trainer wanted to check his bell boots. His new black bell boots I ordered to match his open fronts, since he typically lives in gummy brown pull on bells.
Sure enough, under each bell boot was a significant sized sore from rubbing. You may now award me the worst horse mother ever award.
She took off the bell boots, and miraculously my horse was cured. No more weird trotting, so we finished our second class and then I doctored him up with silver spray. Now all I have to do is cease feeling guilty about it and email SmartPak to see if they will refund me from the murderous black velcro bell boots.