Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
My Coach, whom compeates Prelim and her Coach who is a 3 star competator who just got scouted by David O'connor, loves SMB's. I also heard Jim Graham say how much he really likes SMB's.
To each their own. Either you do like them, or you don't. I personally, love them. I use them pretty much the majority of the time, but I also have Woof Boots and I really do like the Nun Finer.
I suppose it depends on the area as well, because SMB's are very popular in my area, in many disciplines. Eventing, Hunters, Jumpers, Dressage, Gaming, Reining, Endurance and the list goes on. They serve there purpose well.
I use SMB's and I compete Novice, which includes water. I see quite a few Eventers in my area compeate with SMB's on. I personally like the brand spankin' new SMB's that just came out onto the market, the Ventech Elite Boots or their Endur-All Spot Boots. I oogled them at the tack store last weekend, very nice looking boots.
The Woof CC boots, are just like SMB's.
Studdies show, that our horses legs and joints take alot of shock when they land off of a fence - especially out on CC because the footing isn't deep and groomed like the footing in an arena.
So, that is why you see alot of CC boots lined with neoprene, because neoprene has been proven to aid in the absorption of that shock, to reduce the impact on our horses joints and legs. SMB's, are made to really target that shock.
Any boot lined with neoprene for CC will help with the absorption of shock. Get whatever you can afford. Basic Davis Splint Boots will do just as good of a job as Woof, or Nun Finer or whatever else is on the market. A splint boot is a splint boot regardless of the brand name on it.
Stick with what you can afford, and use whatever works best for you and your hores.