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        02-21-2013, 11:55 PM
    I'm a polo wrap gal, done right I feel they offer way more support, maybe not protection, but support. Although, they can do WAY more harm than good if not wrapped correctly. I love the pro choice and classic equine overreach boots. I use them for anything and any type of work. I feel they are essential. I've have a friend who told me about a $35,000 barrel horse put down because he over reached and pulled his hoof off. Overreach boots are one of the most important piece of equipment in my tack room.
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        02-22-2013, 12:47 AM
    Green Broke
    I'm a Professional's Choice VenTech Elite person.. I wear all four boots on Hickory but only front boots and bell boots on Nikki because she was in a trailer accident and has scarring on her hind legs, boots irritate the scarring and end up throwing her off.

    That said, nothing (boots or polos) offer a ton of support. They have great benefits but none are fool proof and really protect your horse. Boots, however, do offer more support than polos alone. I have nothing against polos and there are a lot of people who prefer polos but I'm just not really comfortable using them.
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        02-22-2013, 01:02 AM
    I have boots and I like both, but I started leaning towards polo's when my successful pro friends barrel horse kept coming up lame and sore, the vet told her how to wrap with polo's and that horse hasn't missed a beat yet! You can't beat the protection of a boot though no doubt. I can't use anything on the back of one of my horses, old injury as well. If I'm in a hurry I'll go with boots because for a polo wrap to work well it takes time and technique to put it on, and sometimes I just don't have time lol. Like my wrist brace, offers support and no protection, but my wrist cast, all protection. I feel some horses do better with more stretch of a polo. Nevertheless they are both great!
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        02-22-2013, 02:04 AM
    Lol me and Drum can go at it all day on polos vs. boots.
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        02-22-2013, 02:14 AM
    Lol like I said I'm a polo wrap person (not the super thick fleece kind), I've wrapped the legs at the track and never once had an owner use support boots and they've got hundreds of thousands invested in those horses there. When I run in the morning I wear my flexible, lightweight, form fitting running shoes, now if I'm hiking... I'll go for something more rigid and protective.. My theory anyways.
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        02-22-2013, 12:02 PM
    Green Broke
    Lol I still lurve you SH!
        02-22-2013, 02:44 PM
    I do boots on all 4 plus bell boots. My horse has a overreach problem and a brushing in the back problem to. My horse dosent mind them either. I HATE polos, I used them for a long time and I swear they always unraveled in my tack trunk!
        02-23-2013, 07:24 AM
    Thanks for your input! Also No-Turn bell boots are the type of bell boots that I want right?
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        02-23-2013, 07:34 AM
    Green Broke
    For games or arena work I'll put on all 4 SMBs..for trails, you can forget any type of boots after I have a few rides and am confident there won't be any tearing off through the woods in a spook or any big attitude issues. On a new set of trails I may toss boots on, but it's such a pain to wash the mud off them afterwards that I don't bother if I don't see anything too hazardous on the ground and such. Plus, my trails are generally more than 2-3 I'd have to get off and let their legs breathe in the middle of my ride so they don't heat up too bad.
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        02-23-2013, 09:15 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by gamingirl22    
    Thanks for your input! Also No-Turn bell boots are the type of bell boots that I want right?
    Yes. They will help keep the boots centered and in proper place on the foot. Yes, they can still turn sometimes in deep footing, but usually they stay.

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