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    11-24-2009, 11:13 AM
Originally Posted by Bluelover    
I tried the SMB 2 boots before that and her leg still poped every now and then. But now with the Elites they never pop.
Her leg pops? What do you mean by pops? I can not think of anything that I would describe as popping that boots would have anything to do with. Well, I guess unless you are saying popping a splint due to a concussion injury.

Originally Posted by sillybunny11486
Chances are if a horses leg pops you horse has a joint problem. You should be looking at the cause, not bandaiding it with boots.
I have to agree.
But maybe I am just not thinking of anything that I would describe as pops that the OP does. I look forward to a further explanation.
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    11-24-2009, 01:29 PM
I plan on getting my guy a pair of splint boots, but I haven't decided if I want to just use them on his front or on all four. One of the women at my barn, our English trainer, is like a boot expert and says that all horses can benefit from some type of protection, whether that be a formal boot or even polo wraps. Even though I only do trail/pleasure/arena work, I don't think it will hurt him.
    11-24-2009, 01:37 PM
Originally Posted by jlwilson    
I'm just trail and pleasure riding and have never put boots on my horses. Why do you use boots? Is it something I should be looking at?

The idea is that a horse in work should have some type of protection/support on at least their front legs.

You don't HAVE to use boots, but if you have a forger or overrunner, boots will protect their fetlocks and pasterns from injury.

I never used them on my now deceased gelding, but the 3 horses I'm riding now have them, even my trail/pleasure riding gelding.

It's entirely up to you whether you use them or not. I use mine more as a preventative measure than anything else.

If you don't have a horse you work for hours each day, then they're not really necessary.

I do use SMBs, but not bell boots. Some horses also need bell boots, especially if they're wearing shoes and tend to overrun.
    11-24-2009, 02:06 PM
I use SMB on all my horses when I am working or showing them. If I am just out plodding around I do not always use them.

Bell boots I always use again when working. When showing I use Duct Tape. Works well and weight less.
    11-25-2009, 10:46 AM
I always use Pofessinal Choice on the front . Mostly because I rein and in my spins my horse some times bumps himsrlf.
One last thing they look good.
    11-26-2009, 01:32 PM
I always put Pro Equine bell boots on every time I ride. I use Pro Equine boots on my barrel horse and Professionals Choice Elite on my filly in training.

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