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.