Originally Posted by Zimpatico
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.