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post #1 of 5 Old 01-21-2011, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Boots for protection during turnout?

How many of you use boots for turnout for additional leg protection? A few horses at my barn go out in fleece lined sport boots, and I've also seen a few at other barns go out in SMBs. If you do, what kind of boots do you use and why?

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-21-2011, 07:19 PM
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How many of you use boots for turnout for additional leg protection? A few horses at my barn go out in fleece lined sport boots, and I've also seen a few at other barns go out in SMBs. If you do, what kind of boots do you use and why?
If there's no need to boot, then why do it?

If I have a horse that comes in day after day with bumps and cuts, then yes, I will throw on a pair of bells and a pair of cheap splint boots. I would not use any kind of sports boots such as SMBs b/c they are not designed to be worn for long periods of time. They hold heat in which can make the leg more prone to an injury. They are designed to be used for short periods of time. I only use sport/supportive boots when I am running my horses (barrels) or working the pattern. As soon as Im done, they come off. I also don't want the legs to start depending on boots. The leg can actually weaken if it's used to having the support of a boot all the time.

Usually, I only throw bells on when they are shod.

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post #3 of 5 Old 01-22-2011, 05:46 PM
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zimpatico, are you thinking about boots because of the swelling in your horses leg? (in a different post). I will also be waiting to see what people say about this thread as im in the same boat!! Turned out my horse and he went suddenly and unexplicably lame. I have no idea how it happened and am now wondering if I should turn him out with boots/ excersize with bandages, just to be on the safe side..
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the supportive boots hold heat in... just remember that. Heat = more prone to injury

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-22-2011, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, I am considering boots for turnout because of the kick he received this week. When he starts going out again, I was thinking of putting something on his for protection. He's out about 7 hours a day, so he would not be in boots 24\7, but I definitely see what everyone is saying about heat and making the tendons dependent on support. Maybe just splint boots to give some protection? The horses he goes out with all have back shoes on. Or, am I better off to leave him bare?
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