The black piece is made of bulletproof material, which is a HUGE plus for me. I've had a lot of barrel horses over reach and my mare right now is really bad about it. She runs and turns way too hard.
Ask five people about boots, get five different answers. It is completely personal preference. Just remember, you get what you pay for. I like both pro choice and CE but right now I almost strictly use CE.
Never had a problem with them being bulky constricting the horse, in fact I like it, more padding when the horse gets rolling really hard.
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.