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Q: I have a 13 yr old TB that has lousy feet but have good maintenance program and great farrier.
Problem is the horse takes his owns hind shoes off.  He rests one foot sideways and on top of the other foot.  When he goes to move he steps down on the foot on the bottom and removes the shoe.  He either catches the edge of the shoe or get the clinches of the nails and the jerks the foot on the bottom out without taking the upper foot off.  Dumb horse!
Is there a "bell boot" or protective boot designed for the hind foot?  Ordinary bell boots hand at an angle and do not cover the part of the foot on the side where he is grabbing.
If I put oversized bell boots on him they irritate the back of the foot when walking.

A: Now, there is a question I haven't seen before!

Unfortunately I do not have any magical formula to fix the problem, though. I actually have a horse that frequently rests one hind foot on the other like that but he has never gotten a shoe off by doing it.
A couple thoughts...
It is hard to imagine how the horse could get his shoe off by stepping on the clinches. In fact, if the clinches are "fine" (as opposed to coarse), I wouldn't think he should even be able to damage the clinches by stepping down on them. Perhaps your farrier has started using coarse clinches in an effort to keep the shoes on when your horse steps on one. Coarse clinches never help keep a shoe on. If the horse steps on it hard enough to take it off, it is going. Coarse clinches merely make it more likely to take a large chunk of hoof with it. After your horse is freshly shod next time, run your hand over the clinches. You should barely be able to feel them. If they feel and appear fairly large and bulky you could tactfully ask your farrier if he thought that the clinches would be less prone to being damaged if he could make them more fine.
Good farriers will nearly always shoe a horse with "room for expansion". In other words, starting from zero at the last or heel nail hole of the shoe, there will be about 1/16 inch of the shoe extending laterally from the outline of the wall at the heel. Some horses should not be shod with the heels wider than the wall of the hoof, however, These include horses that tend to pull shoes. If your farrier is leaving expansion room, you should suggest to him that he try not doing so, to see if it will cure the problem. The heels of the shoes can also be slightly rounded with the rasp to make it more likely that the foot that steps down on it will simply slide off rather than pull the shoe loose.
Don't know if this will help or not, but I can only hope that it will. Please let me know what you do and how it works.
Mary Bayard
American Blacksmith
Murphys, California

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