Leg Protection for Horse with Old Bowed Tendon

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Leg Protection for Horse with Old Bowed Tendon

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    08-07-2012, 03:55 PM
Leg Protection for Horse with Old Bowed Tendon

Hi all! I'm new to the forum and to barrel racing. I'm working with a couple of good riders in my area to help me train my OTTB for barrels and poles. He's coming along nicely and really enjoys the mental challenge. Currently we are working on a lot of basics and have begun trotting the patterns.

My horse is an 8 YO OTTB gelding who raced until he was 5. He got tangled up with another horse coming out of the starting gate and bowed his left front tendon. Treatment and rehab were already done when I bought him. My vet has looked at the leg and did an ultrasound. The leg looks ugly, but vet said he is ok for any type of riding. What I'm wondering is what type of leg protection you all recommend for a horse with this type of old injury? I've been working him in bells and simple splint boots up front. Thanks for the help!!
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    08-07-2012, 06:42 PM
I don't know much about bowed tendons, but as long as you are always doing regular check-ups with the vet, and the vet clears him for barrel racing, then obviously you're okay.

I use Professional's Choice SMB 3 boots on all four legs on my horses, plus bell boots on the front feet. They offer more 360 protection than splint boots do, and do offer a little bit of support. Not as much support/shock protection as the company claims, but the research does indicate that it does give a little.

Now you will get many different opinions on which name brand is best. It's a matter of personal preferance. The only suggestion I can make is to buy a name brand boot. Do not buy a cheap $20 pair of boots. You'll get what you pay for. They will be stiff and they will not mold nice to your horse's legs. Yes, the name brand is going to run you over $100 for all 4 boots, but they are worth it and the boots last for years and years if you take care of them.
    08-12-2012, 05:38 PM
I agree, sports medicine boots and bell boots are a great way to protect any horse :)
    08-12-2012, 06:53 PM
I am extremely hardcore Classic Equine Legacy boots, or Iconoclaust boots.

I'm okay with SMB VenTech Elites, and I do use those to school in most days, but I only compete in Legacys or Iconoclaust.

Like Beau said, it's personal preference. I also do front bell boots.

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