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post #11 of 19 Old 09-04-2010, 08:03 PM
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I dont care what anyone says about not needing them, if you are running barrels or anything you need leg support. Those boots will help your horses legs and they are a must have in my book and everyone I barrel race with. They give the legs the support they need when your running and turning as hard as barrel racing requires.
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post #12 of 19 Old 09-05-2010, 10:38 AM
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If I were you, I would invest in a pair or set of the SMB Elite for your barrel horse. They are not mandatory for barrel racing, but better safe then sorry! I'm going to buy a set for my horse as soon as I decide which color I want since I can't seem to find the color that I really want! She's only in light work right now, so it's not really a problem at this point, but she will have a set before she ever runs barrels.
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post #13 of 19 Old 09-06-2010, 03:34 PM
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I Agree with kchfuller on this one. If you cant afford a pair of decent boots for your horse, how are you gonna pay for the vet in he get injured? how will you pay for things like medicine, joint support meds, farrier??

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post #14 of 19 Old 10-11-2010, 08:01 PM
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Okay just saying, a sling boot is like a sport boot. A "splint boot" does not protect from pulled tendons and such, just from the horses legs accidently hitting eachother. Just saying:) These are sling boots:
And these are splint boots:

Sorry I have an OCD sometimes for things like that :P
They'll allow you to ride wihtout the boots, but you should deffinately think about getting some sling/sport boots for all four legs. Some people only think its important to do the front legs, but both the front and back legs take the same amount of force from barrel racing. All four legs of your horse are important!! They are expensive, but vet bills are more!!

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post #15 of 19 Old 10-11-2010, 08:12 PM
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You DON'T have to have them.

I rode my pony to zone gameing champion 5 years running with no boots and he is fine. Not just barrels either - flag, mug, bend, bonfields, diamond flag, Ben bar aft, scudaho, etc.

If you want them for some extra protection then go right ahead! I just bought a pair of elites for Latte. Sling boots are definitely better than splint boots.
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post #16 of 19 Old 10-11-2010, 08:14 PM
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Oh and another thing - try them out before your show. Some horses hate them - Bubdy has never gotten used to them even after full weekends wearing them for polocrosse. It's not fun riding a horse that is trying to kick his boots off all day.
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post #17 of 19 Old 10-11-2010, 11:25 PM
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Better safe than sorry. I hardly ride without my SMB boots, they support the tendons. It takes a long time for those to heal up.

p.s. why don't you skip the rodeo this time and spend your money on boots to keep your horse safe for next time?
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post #18 of 19 Old 10-13-2010, 11:26 PM
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I would use the sports medicine boots. There are several different brands, and I've heard good things about most. There are two things to keep in mind about any kind of boots, though. If you've never used the type of boot you plan on getting, have someone knowledgeable show you how to put them on. I've seen people slap them on and go, but they weren't getting the benefit of the support strap because they were applied incorrectly. Also, take the boots off periodically and use your hands to remove any dirt from the leg and the inside of the boot.

Wildspot is definitely right about trying them on your horse well before you expect to compete.

I always run with bell boots.

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post #19 of 19 Old 10-14-2010, 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by angelsgrace View Post
OK big problem i do a lot of barrel racing but have not yet competed at a full event and i only have bell boots i know i should have sling boots but there is a rodeo coming up and i want to enter do i need them or can i go without them?
It is not a requirement at any show or rodeo that a horse must be wearing protective boots.

I understand that good quality boots are expensive, but if you can afford to pay your rodeo entry fee and fill your truck with gas or diesel to get to the rodeo, I think you can also manage to find $100 somewhere in there to get your horse some quality protection.

And I totally agree with the comment kchfuller said. What happens if you horse injures himself and needs a vet visit? What if that injury could have been prevented with a pair of sport boots?

I think that if you are going to ask your horse to compete for you in high-impact and high-speed events like barrel racing, the least you can do is protect his legs the best you can. LOOK AT THE PROS. All the wonderful ladies competing at the NFR have protection most often on all 4 legs and also use bell boots. I would think they know a thing or two about barrel racing.

Personally, I like the Professional's Choice SMB 3 sports boots the best, along with a heavy duty pair of bell boots. The SMB 3 fits really well and seem to keep the dirt out too.

Yes, although you are looking at around $150 when you figure in shipping, these boots will last you a very long time if you take care of them. I have SMB II boots that are at least 6 years old and they are still good as new because I have taken care of them.

So my honest opinion? Get some sport boots and bell boots for you horse. YOUR HORSE DESERVES IT.

And sling boots are NOT the same as splint boots. I've actually never hear them called sling boots before - everyone I know calls them sport boots.
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