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post #1 of 8 Old 09-04-2013, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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bell boots and polo wraps??

I see everybody putting bell boots and polo wraps on their horses for barrel racing, are they necessary? 50 years ago nobody used them..

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-04-2013, 01:57 PM
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Alot has changed in 50 years. You don't have to, but those $25 bells and $20 polos could save you a hundred some vet bill. I don't ride without bell boots, just last night a friend who never uses bell boots her horse cut the back of his front foot riding. He doesn't have shoes either. Polos and sport boots save from cuts, burns from the ground at times, and they offer some support. There not going to keep your horse from being injured, but at least there's something there.
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-04-2013, 01:58 PM
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50 years ago they hardly existed. For example, Professional's Choice (make both polo wraps and sport boots) have only been around for 25 years.

What sort of leg wraps you use is very much personal preference. We've talked about it a lot on here.

leg protection for barrel racing!????

Boots vs Polos .... Here is the Professional's Choice SMB study from 1998 ...

Does my horse need protective boots

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post #4 of 8 Old 09-04-2013, 03:29 PM
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No you don't HAVE to use them...just like you don't HAVE to eat healthy.

But they protect the legs and give you less of a chance of having to call the vet when your horse slices the back of their legs. I want to keep my horses legs protected and sound, because without healthy/sound legs you don't have a horse.
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-04-2013, 04:45 PM
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Buying a pair could save you thousands on vet bills, highly recommend it!
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-05-2013, 02:13 AM
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My mare was wearing bell boots and she tore them clean off and did this.

Can you imagine what would of happened had she not of been wearing boots at all?

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-05-2013, 03:39 PM
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yes I would get them last night my horse clipped his front foot when his back hoof came up. I use both sport boots and polo wraps and bell boots they will for sure save you money in the long run.
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-17-2013, 05:20 PM
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I would use them if I were you. And learn how to use them properly. They can pay for themselves hundreds of times over when it comes to horses getting wounded. No matter how careful you are, its not a matter of "if" your horses get hurt, its "when" and "how bad".
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