Bell boots or similar to improve proprioception?

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  1. SEAmom

    SEAmom Senior Member

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    I've been looking around online for different ideas/methods for helping my horse with his neck arthritis and SI issue. This is all looking toward the future once we determine whether it's the SI or neck that's bothering him (or possibly both).

    In the process, one of the ideas I came across was using weighted boots or something similar around the hind legs to improve proprioception in the hind legs and also increase mobility in the hip, stifle, hock, and ankle. I'm curious about this because the vet noted that he has some slight issues when his head is up and he's moving forward with proprioception in both hind legs. Would this really work for in-hand exercise?

    Use of trot poles at irregular intervals I've also seen mentioned for similar reasons.
     
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    No, not unless you want him sorer than he already is. That's not inappropriate for sound horses, but with a horse who already has hind end issues, it's going to exacerbate the issue.

    Backing exercises would be more appropriate.
     
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    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    Nope. I’m with manes, no weighting anything for him. He’s injured.

    Surefoot pads could be a good idea though. They directly affect proprioception.
     
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    SEAmom Senior Member

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    That's interesting, Manes. I've seen it now a couple of times that it was recommended by the diagnosing vet for horses with SI issues.

    Then again, I've seen everything from walking for a week, then to canter, then to w/t/c to rest for 7-10 days and then back at it as recommended by others' vets.
     
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    SEAmom Senior Member

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    I've never heard of them. These are what you mean? SURE FOOT | The Murdoch Method
     
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    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    Interesting idea, but it looks a little hokey to me. Do you have any experience with it or know anyone who's used it successfully?
     
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    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    Yes I own the entire set and have seen it work magic on multiple horses.
     
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    More hokey than weighted bell boots???
     
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    My horses chiro applied KT tape for his SI issue.
     
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