Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: USDF Region 1, USEA Area 2, USEF Zone 3 - Maryland
I can see where both sides are coming from, here.
It may not be that your horse is a bad loader, kicks the trailer, fights with other horses in the trailer. What if you hit a pothole? Or if someone cuts you off and you have to brake hard or swerve? All those things can cause the horse to be off balance and step on his own legs. What if you're in an accident? A bandage or boot might keep a piece of metal from cutting a tendon, artery, etc.
I see the "they're a horse, let them be" side. But some things are out of the owner's/horse's/hauler's hands. You have to be safe out there when there are a LOT of dumb drivers who don't seem to realize you have live animals cruising down the highway at 65 mph.
I'm not one to always boot/wrap. Depends on the horse. Haven't booted Beau since November for shows because he's always by himself and he's quiet. But, after thinking about what I just typed, he's going to start being booted/wrapped (depending on hauling distance) again.
-Melanie Mom to 3 bays: Beau, Daisy & Cavalina