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post #1 of 25 Old 11-30-2012, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Boots/wraps for barrel racing

What do you think are the best boots/wraps to use for barrel racing? Should I do front and back legs? My horse is in training for barrels, he used to have a lead change problem, were he just wouldn't change. But know he is better. When I just started to brake him to the saddle he was clumsy, stepping on his own feet, not so much anymore though. So what do you think would be the best boots/wraps? Pictures would be helpful....thanks.

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post #2 of 25 Old 11-30-2012, 08:55 PM
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My favorite boots are the professional choice SMB elite's: (and they come in a bunch of colors/designs if you look!)


If your horse over steps really bad you can use over reach boots like these:


I want to get boots for the back but right now I only have them on the front. Just remember you get what you pay for when it comes to boots. They may seem expensive at first but they are totally worth it in the end. Have someone teach you how to put them on too and make sure the pressure is even or you can do more damage than good.

Im not a fan of polos when it comes to barrel racing (I like them for arena type work), they don't offer as much support. And you REALLY have to know how to put them on or you can do serious damage to your horses legs..
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My daughter runs in the PF choice smb 3... I would have liked to get elites but couldn't find any where they sold smalls :( I only have her where fronts was told that was good for her bc she is not pushing her pony that hard :) we also have the bell boots by PF choice... Like in the pics in first post they have neat colors n designs
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post #4 of 25 Old 11-30-2012, 10:06 PM
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horsecrazy4, I found smalls at a local tack shop. I was shocked they had them haha my horse also takes small. Little bugger
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horsecrazy4, I found smalls at a local tack shop. I was shocked they had them haha my horse also takes small. Little bugger
Lol I so wish I could have found them I drove my husband crazy going to every tack store looking for them :) gave up n ordered them :)
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Hahaha isn't that how it always goes!
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post #7 of 25 Old 11-30-2012, 11:18 PM
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I like Pro Equine Boots the best, I also like the bellboots (only brand that will fit JJ)


When running I prefer Polos on the back legs, JJ can't stand boots and kicks out with them on. And I just overall prefer because I can cover more leg then a boot will. But that is just my personal preference....if you don't know how to wrap polos CORRECTLY please don't attempt to wrap your horses legs.

For boots on the back it depends on your horse...some horses work great in them and some horses don't like the feel and feel like they are restricted so don't run as hard. While some horses need them and won't run as hard or turn as hard without something on the back legs. Just depends on the individual horse.

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post #8 of 25 Old 11-30-2012, 11:19 PM
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Ask five different people, get five different answers. I personally love to use polo wraps but they are inconvenient and can cause awful consequences if you wrap them wrong.

For horses that step on themselves I especially prefer the Classic Equine Legacy boots. They have the material on the outside of the fetlock that will support and is also tougher than that of the SMBs (Though I also love those boots). Then I would get bell boots as well. I almost always ride front and hind with front bells.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #9 of 25 Old 11-30-2012, 11:35 PM
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Another vote for the Pro Choice Elites.
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Ask five different people, get five different answers.
Yup.

All about personal preference and the horse's preference!

Mine get Professional's Choice SMB 3 boots on all 4 legs, and bell boots on the front.

They also get shipping boots in the trailer when going short distances, and standing wraps/no bows when hauling longer distances.

Legs are so important!!!

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