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splint boots, bell boots do you use?
#1
Hi Everyone
well another question- my friend cleaned out her tack room and gave me a set of front splint boots, bell boots and SMB II boots for copie.
personally i have never used any type of support boots or overreach boots etc on my horses. She is one that swears by them and uses bells and splints on her TB all the time.
As most of you know Copie and DH are doing the trails, which are pretty nice, some rocks and downed tree stuff but nothing really awful
and when he's practicing in the paddock it's mostly walk and trot although he's loping now a bit more. Copie doesn't overreach at all,
we are working them both on ground poles and some trail obstacles, but nothing strenuous.
So what are your opinions? my first reaction to my friend was no i don't need them but she insisted and said if i didn't use them, just sell them.
so use or sell?
thanks
jane
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#2
We trail ride, and always use front and back sports medicine boots to protect legs. They're a pain to keep burr-free and to clean up after riding, but well worth it.
A friend's horse stepped in a hole and removed skin from ankle to knee; she was riding without leg protection.
Last year after riding a rugged trail I removed boots and found a cut all the way thru. No cut on the horse's leg.

When I showed horses I always used leg protection when training.

I'd say keep 'em and use 'em! Even if you had to buy them, they're cheaper than vet bills.
If you can't be a good example, at least be a horrible warning.
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#3
I always use them too. I have SMB Elite, front and back, for the protection when on the trails and working in the ring for the same reasons that dunhorsechic mentions. They hold up great and help with the "bangs and nicks" out in the woods! Make sure they fit well though...snug but not too tight. [Smile]



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#4
There's nothing wrong in using boots to protect your horse's legs when you are working with them. John Lyons swears by Professional Choice Sport Medicine Boots and says you shouldn't ride without some kind of protection on your horse's legs any time you ride.

Now that I've said that, I will say that I never put support boots on my horses for trail riding. The only time I would, would be if I had a horse with a terrible problem of interference or when riding on frozen ground. When riding on hills that are frozen, the horse can sit back on their back legs and slide down on their back cannon bones. I did this once, and never gave it a thought. But once I was back to camp after the ride, I found that the backs of both hind legs had been skinned and were bleeding because the ground was frozen on the hills. I will never ride a horse on hills with the ground still frozen ever again without support boots of some kind.

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#5
So far, I've not used support boots when riding, but probably will use them on Warsong when I start riding her again after her tendon injury.

And I've been thinking of using them on Butterbrickle for trail riding. Not sure at this point. She REALLY hates having anything on her legs, so maybe I should just leave her alone.

Like RH, I don't think there's anything wrong with using them, and they could possibly prevent an injury; but, so far, my horses have been fine without them.

EZ2SPOT
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#6
I use SMB support boots on the front with Bell boots and SMB Skid boots on the back on Hookie when running barrels and poles at speed at home and at the shows, but not for normal riding or conditioning.

I want the extra impact protection and support at speed but want to strengthen tendons and tissues when conditioning without the extra support.
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"The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. " Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
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#7
Whenever I am exercising my horse hard or going through Rough terrain on trails I always use sport boots! My two favorite Sport Boots would be the Classic Equine Legacy's I like how they give a lot of extra support. My second favorite pair is Professional's Choice VenTech Elites, I like how they are a conformed fit, and not bulky. Now if only I could combine both boots!
Rachael, Sales Expert @ HorseSaddleShop.com
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#8
I use SMB support boots on the front with Bell boots and SMB Skid boots on the back on Hookie when running barrels and poles at speed at home and at the shows, but not for normal riding or conditioning.

I want the extra impact protection and support at speed but want to strengthen tendons and tissues when conditioning without the extra support.
Hook(ed)......on Horses

"The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. " Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
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