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post #1 of 17 Old 12-15-2009, 02:51 AM Thread Starter
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boots?

I was wondering if I should be using wraps or boots on my horse when we do flat work. I plan on taking jumping lessons in the near future and will definitely put boots on him for that (any suggestions? I'm totally new to jumping.) but I have read mixed things on using boots for the flat so I'm wondering what you guys think.

Tanner is pretty good with his feet but I'm going to start trotting some poles and we have been doing a lot more lateral work lately so I am kind of thinking I should have at least some sort of protection for the old man. I have some folks at the barn who can show me how to properly put them on him (I know polo wraps have to be done just so), but opinions vary widely as to when they should be used. Your thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 17 Old 12-15-2009, 03:20 AM
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If you're just walking/trotting I wouldn't bother. Only time I put boots on horses is if I'm out cantering/galloping across varying terrain (with all the hills and bumpy ground you never know if they'll clip themselves while trying to deal with the footing), barrel racing, or jumping. I mainly just use splint boots and bell boots.

It's pretty much up to you and what your horse is like? Is he a clutz and knocks himself up? I don't think you need them for what you're doing unless you've got one of those accident prone horses who is prone to overreaching. Horses gallop around, buck, play, and jump out in the paddock and (usually) come back just fine. I've jumped and competed in barrel racing a lot without any kind of boots on.
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post #3 of 17 Old 12-15-2009, 03:47 AM
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well i never ride without them- personal preference is all- sometimes with lateral work when u get them to track up they can clip themselves- maybe just a front set of brush boots/polos and a set of bell boots on the front

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post #4 of 17 Old 12-15-2009, 05:50 AM
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It depends on what you're doing - boots aren't compulsary for flatwork or jumping, they are for protection (for horses that are unbalanced) or for support in a situation where the horse might injure himself.

My horse brushes in his hind legs, but I don't put boots on as he's not damaging himself when he does.

A lot of people say you shouldn't put boots on for schooling as it teaches the horse to be more careful about where he's putting his feet. YMMV

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post #5 of 17 Old 12-15-2009, 11:55 PM
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I ALWAYS boot my horse, and so does my trainer. He only has four legs, and we need all of them in perfect condition for shows, so why risk it!

I boot for flatwork, and jumping. I would personaly just get a good set of brushing boots(I perfer Woof Wear. They are made of neoprene so they absorb a little shock, they last for years, they are easy to wash, and if you get black, you can use them for warm up in dressage, if you ever go XC, and in the jumper ring!) so you can use them for everything!

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post #6 of 17 Old 12-16-2009, 01:13 AM
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I only use boots when I'm jumping becasue my horse has windgalls on all four legs and I don't like to put any more pressure on them than I need to. I always have to try to have them on for the shortest amount of time possible aswell. Yes it's extremely annoying. lol :P
My horse tracks up amazingly, but that's his natural gait so he never clips himself.
For jumping I use a set of rubber bell boots and a pair of open front boots with a hard outer shell and a neoprene inside. I find that rubber bell boots work better for my horse as he also has a narrow chest, so when he's wearing the bell boots they sometimes brush up against eachother, nothing serious but he ripped up my neoprene ones :P

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post #7 of 17 Old 12-16-2009, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the info! Even though there are a lot of differing opinions, everyone has given me their reasons which gives me a lot to think about, I really appreciate it.
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post #8 of 17 Old 12-16-2009, 08:35 PM
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i use polo wraps for dressage, but if your just doing basic flat work then i dotn even think you really need anything, you could just put boots on tho, if you get the right type of boots they do the same thing as wraps. :P unless they are jumping boots

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post #9 of 17 Old 12-20-2009, 12:36 PM
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^I'm cofused. Wraps and boots do one thing- protect.

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post #10 of 17 Old 12-23-2009, 11:47 PM
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^I'm cofused. Wraps and boots do one thing- protect.
wraps are actuallu to help support the horse as they dont have any muscle under their 'knees' so when you are doing hard dressge work their legs are being strained mroe then they usually are, so they need extra support. boots are to protect a horse when jumping,. some boots support to tho.

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