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    02-04-2013, 09:06 PM
With my gelding I use front and hind SMB 3's, no overreach boots. My mare I used front SMB II's and plain bell boots, she hated the ballistics. She also hated rear boots, and would run really crappy with them.
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    02-06-2013, 01:26 PM
Okay thank you so much your your input! I really do appreciate it. I am thinking about getting SMB/bell boots combo for just her front legs, because I think she might be cranky about the back legs...are SMB/bell boot combos okay to use?
    02-06-2013, 06:40 PM
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The combos always looked too stiff to me. I've never used them, but I like my bell boots to be a different color than my sport boots ;P
    02-06-2013, 07:08 PM
Green Broke
I've only ever put boots or wraps on the front legs, roping or barrel racing.

However, if I was heeling instead of heading or had a horse that really liked to dig with its back legs, I'd start putting some kind of protection on their back legs.

Actually, if I'm doing polo's, I'll wrap all 4 legs, cause it looks better that way :P
    02-07-2013, 12:11 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by gamingirl22    
Okay thank you so much your your input! I really do appreciate it. I am thinking about getting SMB/bell boots combo for just her front legs, because I think she might be cranky about the back legs...are SMB/bell boot combos okay to use?

I used to have a pair.

I personally did NOT like them because the bell boots tore up and wore out much faster than the boots did, because the bell boots on the combo boots are just neoprene -- not tough ballistic material. Plus the Professionals Choice Combo boots are the "old" SMB II style. I think that the SMB Elite or the SMB 3 are much better designs and fit the horse's legs much better than the old SMB II style.

Personally for me, I"ll always stick with separate bell boots and separate boots, not with the combos---->

    02-07-2013, 01:03 PM
I second what Beau159 said. I wouldn't use the combos. My friend has some and she ran into the same problem. The leg part held up while the bell boot part didn't. I always go through more bell boots than splint boots. I have used the SMB and the SMB-3 as well as Classic Equine's Legacy boots. All only on the front
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    02-07-2013, 03:00 PM
Especially on a barrel horse, you will run out of bell boots faster than you will SMBs. In a matter of a year since Selena started on the barrel pattern she has tore up four, yes four, pairs of bell boots and yet still runs in the same SMBs and Legacy boots as she did three years ago when we still focused on reining.
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    02-19-2013, 07:58 PM
Okay thanks for your replies! I have decided to get Tough-1 sport boots for the front legs and separate bell boots. But which bell boots are better to use? Such as rubber, neoprene, PVC, etc.... Please let me know. Thanks!
    02-20-2013, 01:16 AM
I don't use rubber or neoprene, I feel they aren't protective enough.

Look up the Professional's Choice and Classic Equine bell boots. Those are my favorites.
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    02-20-2013, 10:33 AM
Green Broke
I've never used to seen the Tough-1 boots in person.
Tough-1 Vented Sport Boots Front -
Although I think calling them "vented" is a bit misleading. If you look at the inside of the boot, the part that makes contact with the leg is NOT vented. It's solid neoprene. It also doesn't look as contoured around the pastern as I'd like to see, but again, hard to tell from just pictures.

I'm a Professionals Choice snob. I'll never leave their sport boots. Love them!

Originally Posted by gamingirl22    
But which bell boots are better to use? Such as rubber, neoprene, PVC, etc....
I won a pair of the Classic Equine Dy-No-Turn bell boots as a high point prize, and oh have they held up very well! Love them.
Classic Equine™ Dy-No-Turn Bell Boot - Smith Brothers

Either I'd use those, or use the Professionals Choice Ballistic Boot.
Professionals Choice Ballistic Overreach Boots

Both are made of very tough material that will actually last in a bell boot, and they are both contoured to fit the foot nicely. And work well with a sport boot.

Rubber will tear. And plain neoprene won't hold up very long. I'd stay away from both of those.

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