I didn't assume anything :]
I ASKED if you leave them on in the paddock. Thank you for answering.
1. Anytime my horses are out of their stalls, they get boots on b/c I know they run around crazy
2. I NEVER leave them on more then when needed, so when I ride I only have them on for an hour at most- at competitions my horse doesn't stay tacked up all day - they go back to their stalls and get un-tacked till me next class
How long is your horse on pasture for? If a long time, then see my comment about having them on for long periods of time and over-heating the tendons. If not a long time? Then maybe you do need them. I beleive that excessive stall tinme weakens the tendons as they are not being used how they were intended.. Almost constant movement.
Also, that may be fone for people who only ever ride for an hour. I regularly ride for 3-4 hours, and soemtimes am on all day doing stockwork or the like. My horses tendons would be well and truly fried with boots on all day in 30+ degree heat.
3. I guess I am a better safe then sorry type of person ... if I can spend $50 or $100 on boots to help prevent, why not
I'm also a rather safe than sorry person. I would rather be safe in not frying my horses tendons using boots that are not conclusively proven to do all they say they do, and can have negative impacts. I rely on my horses natural support which has stodd them in good stead for hundreds and hundreds of years.
Yep, it is each to their own. But when you said you were shocked people didn't use them, I wanted to show people that there is another point of view, just as valid, and that it is not 'shocking' that people don't use them.