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        08-27-2014, 05:39 PM
    NB, I want that link to Woof boots too!! :)
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        08-27-2014, 06:22 PM
    I actually agree with all of the divers opinions on lunging. I never lunged a horse when I had my lesson program, but the horses that I liked and kept got dead broke by riding only. I think you should have fun trying out everything and see what works best for you and your horse. When I was breaking in "Corporal" (1982-2009, RIP), who I bought as a green 4yo--can you tell yet that he was my favorite horse?!?--I was SOOOO happy to have other broken horses to ride, bc...well, I bought horses to ride them!
    But, I have seen some masterful ground schooling, and IMHO, the best time of year to learn and practice ground schooling is inside an arena with safe footing in the dead of winter, when it's just too cold to ride and takes too much time to really warm your horse up, ANYWAY, and when you want to accomplish things. Then, your horse has gotten some holes filled in before the next riding season. =D
        08-27-2014, 08:27 PM
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    When people lunge the willies out of horses it drives me nuts!!! Horses have 23 hours a day to play and be goofy. When I take that one hour I expect them to behave and keep their focus on me.

    Bratty Mare is the one who has gotten me to work lunging into my training program. I tried for awhile to scratch lunging out of her training program but I found she just wasn't keeping the same progression. She does well with once a week having lunging in the pessoa system. We work on transitions and keeping her focus on training and forward engagement. She fakes her forward really well by throwing herself on the forehand and going fast, but not a proper forward. When I ground drive her and lunge her it really helps to get her to focus on proper forward.

    These are the woof boots I love for schooling, trail riding and even eventing lower levels Woof All-Purpose Boots | Dover Saddlery

    My favorite pair of woof boots, which I like for cross country, especially when I am doing higher levels... sadly mine were stolen a few years ago. So I have the first link I posted and I have no complaints about them at all. I use them on both horses every single day and when I compete and they still look like new two years later.

    Front Woof Ultra Front Horse Boots | Dover Saddlery
    Back Woof Ultra Hind Horse Boots | Dover Saddlery
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        08-27-2014, 08:41 PM
    But when it's done well, it's just masterful.
        08-27-2014, 08:55 PM
    I don't lunge to just get the willies out of her. I use it to work on things, and get her thinking. I work on transitions, slowing and fastening the trot, canter, and walk. Direction changing, backing up with diff cues, to get her really tuned into my body language. So I don't do it to run energy off her. I just use it to get her thinking, and work on some other things as well. I have rode her before without lunging, and while it is perfectly possible, she is much more in-tune and enjoyable after it.
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        08-28-2014, 10:30 AM
    Green Broke
    Even if you lunge regularly I would only do a couple times a week unless she needs it, which she shouldn't (a greenie I would lunge before every ride).

    Woof boots are great but won't do anything for support if that is your goal (sounded like it was).

    Even if you're trying to play safe most horses don't need boots every single time (unless in hard training)
        08-28-2014, 11:58 AM
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    This style made by Woof are designed to give support and protection
    They'll certainly do a better job than polo wraps
    Woof Cross Country Boots - Adams Horse and Pet Supply
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        08-28-2014, 12:30 PM
    Originally Posted by Yogiwick    
    Even if you lunge regularly I would only do a couple times a week unless she needs it, which she shouldn't (a greenie I would lunge before every ride).

    Woof boots are great but won't do anything for support if that is your goal (sounded like it was).

    Even if you're trying to play safe most horses don't need boots every single time (unless in hard training)
    She is a greenie. I just got back the last day of May, from getting 30 days of training. She had 28 rides when I got her back. And while she is pretty quiet. She is still pretty green IMO.
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        08-28-2014, 04:20 PM
    Green Broke
    If you think lunging will help then go for it. I would just slowly work down as she gets less green lol.

    Re- Woof boots, I was referring to the basic pair (the top pair posted above). You need something (relatively) tight around the fetlock to provide support. I am not an expert on Woof boots so probably should of been more specific. If they are made for support by all means use them as such! Lol. I do love my polos but have used boots and will continue to and have no issue, just determine what the individual animal needs.

    One huge reason to use boots over polos is they are much more "fool proof". Polos can cause waaayyy more harm than good if improperly wrapped and while boots can too they are much easier and less technical (and time consuming) to apply. OP if you are having trouble with polos I would definitely recommend SMBs or the boots linked above, etc. Just make sure if you're looking for support you buy support boots and not brushing boots (like the top ones I was referring too initially), while great will not provide support.
        08-28-2014, 04:36 PM
    Green Broke
    I have to argue on the whole support thing right now.

    Polos offer no support at all. None, nadda, zilch. I don't know where the theory came from, but its far from truth.

    As for boots providing "support" sure some SMB's might offer a tiny bit of support. But nothing like an exercise bandage would. If you look at top riders, how often do you seem them show jumping or going cross country with SMB or "support" boots? Never.

    The closest would be the woof boot cross country boot. And even then its so minor it really doesn't make a difference. You can not by any means get the same consistent pressure around the boot as you would with an exercise bandage. And I do not recommend anyone doing exercise bandages unless you have been trained to by a professional.

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