Snap Dancer is probably the only horse I have owned who has the strangest little problems. My old Morgan, Sparky, liked to randomly colic and freak me out and Dreamy has COPD which I have managed in a wide variety of ways over the years. While both of those issues are scary and potentially serious, I was always lucky to be able to easily treat them over the years.
Snappy has had ulcers, aural plaques, weight gain problems, and now dry elbows (which if I don't treat could eventually turn into shoe boils and/or capped elbows). They have always been slightly flaky when she wears shoes for half the year, presumably from the heel end of her shoes hitting her elbows when she lies down in her stall. Over the past several months it has gotten progressively worse. Her elbows are not inflamed or swollen, just dry and cracked with flaky skin. I have tried bacitracin, Bannix, a product called Dublin Dip, and Vit E capsules and bell boots at night. Nothing made it any better. Even though the bell boots protected the elbow from the shoe, there was still pressure. Today my vet came out to float teeth, so of course I asked his opinions. He prescribed a triamcinolone (corticosteroid) ointment and recommended the shoe boil boots instead of bell boots.
Now, call me crazy, but these things look super uncomfortable. Anyone in blog land ever use them? Are they as hard as they look? It makes me worried she won't want to lie down with these hard plastic things on her hooves. Maybe it will help, since it appears the boot will create a large space for her elbow (unless she just pushes the boot against her elbow...!). I am wondering if there are any other ideas or experiences out there anyone can share! :-)