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post #1 of 9 Old 07-07-2014, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Paso Fino Rider Needs Help With Leg Protection

Looking for some lower leg protection for my little guy. Seeking something that wont interfere with his gait but offers some protection to hazards such as sharp rocks or broken/sharp roots.

Any suggestions based on personal experience would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-07-2014, 10:31 PM
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I ride on some really rugged trails (honestly most of the time off-trail) and never use leg protection. Never had a problem. But that be something you will have to decide. None of my friends use leg protection either. We ride in a LOT of downed timber.

Now hoof protection is another matter. I keep my guys barefoot and use hoof boots for rocky trails.
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-08-2014, 11:33 AM
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I ride on some really rugged trails (honestly most of the time off-trail) and never use leg protection. Never had a problem. But that be something you will have to decide. None of my friends use leg protection either. We ride in a LOT of downed timber.

Now hoof protection is another matter. I keep my guys barefoot and use hoof boots for rocky trails.
Same here.....ride the mountains of E. TN and N. Georgia.....barefooted with Renegade hoof boots...

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post #4 of 9 Old 07-08-2014, 11:45 AM
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Ditto, riding rough terrain. Never have needed any leg protection.

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post #5 of 9 Old 07-08-2014, 01:09 PM
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Some folks wrap, some use "sports medicine" appliances, some probably have "home grown" solutions. If you hit some of the eventing sites you'll get a lot of information because they do use leg protection (probably not inappropriate given what the do).

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post #6 of 9 Old 07-08-2014, 01:57 PM
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Not following the previous post..applicances? Solutions? Home grown?

We are talking about leg boots here.

From the sound of it I would probably go with SMBs. Polos may work though I'd be afraid of them coming undone if there's legitimately that much on the trail. Brushing boots would probably work but I'm thinking you'd want something stronger on the outside as far as material. My concern is there's probably more stuff lower down and there isn't much to cover the pastern. Bell boots may be a good idea too.

Anything fitted correctly should not be interfering with any horses gait.
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-08-2014, 02:28 PM
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I guess if you're really worried about this go here:

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Thanks a lot guys and gals.
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-09-2014, 03:50 AM
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There are also down sides to leg protection, particularly on the trail. They do not allow the horses legs to cool naturally, possibly important over the hours of a trail ride, as opposed to an hour or less in arena work. They will also catch sand and grit and sticks and grass seeds that can make a horse raw.

I use them in arena work where there is crossover of legs, eg spins and two track work in reining. I use Davis boots because there is tough plastic on the outside that does not catch grass seeds and dirt, and neoprene on the inside. If the horse bangs one leg against the other you will protect the splint bone (thin vestigial bones down the cannon bone) from being broken.

Try riding through a grassy meadow in SMB boots - 10 minutes riding - 10 hours picking out grass seeds. Not practical at all. I have the same problem with hoof boots that are now almost unuseable from grass seeds in ALL the velcro as well as through the fabric. YUk.

So, for me, leg protection always in arena work, almost never on the trail (or in my case, not trail, because I ride around the farm with no trails).

The exception to this might be where a horse has some sort of deviation in its leg conformation that led to brushing or interference or treading on its own heels.
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