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  • What sort of boots do i put on my horse when doing mounted games

 
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    09-21-2009, 09:27 PM
  #11
Super Moderator
I just worry because I feel like when you are working the lope on a green horse you are doing those teeny tiny circles and he works so hard to get up underneath himself. Maybe splint boots would be what I should use? I don't know, I just don't want to hurt him... he's such a good boy.
     
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    09-21-2009, 10:51 PM
  #12
Trained
I'm with MIE.

I ride mounted games; See my pictures thread called 'Bundy @ MGA' to see the speed at which we turn. Do I use boots for this? Never. I also jump, work cattle, campdraft, and play polocrosse. The only time I use boots is for polocrosse, and the only reason is to prevent injury when there are 4+ horses all pushing each other at a gallop to get the ball. They get stepped on.

I honestly don't see the benefits. Velcro-on neoprene boots, whatever the model, to me don't seem like they would do much. They aren't put on tight enough to compare to a person strapping a knee/wrist, they don't have a custom fit for your horse... To me the only benefit they provide is a bit of prevention from knocks and scrapes, hence the reason they are mandatory on all four legs in Polocrosse.
     
    09-22-2009, 10:10 AM
  #13
Showing
It depends a lot on what you are doing. I put splint boots now on my horses as I started to lope them more and they are clumsy and can hit themself. But there is certainly no need for SMB. However in cutting barn I go sometime SMB on all 4 legs is a MUST even if we just work them out (it's like 40 mins of lope). I know the owner (he's been doing cutting for 40 years or so) always use medicine boots to prevent any injuries (at least diminish a possibility of one).
     
    09-22-2009, 11:27 AM
  #14
Started
Like I said before- it is the cheapest insurance ever ESPECIALLY with a young/old/active horse. It takes about another 5 min. To put them on and why not prevent?

I am kinda shocked with these people on here who do rigorous exercise with their horses and don't put anything on!
     
    09-22-2009, 12:36 PM
  #15
Yearling
I don't Do Western Riding SO I Dunno How Differnt It Is But With My Horse I Use Tendon Boots And he's Fine! I Use Fetlock Boots Too Coz He Rubs His Fetlocks In Trot Sometimes. I Personally Wouldnt Pay That Amount Of Money Unless It Was Totally Necessary!
     
    09-22-2009, 06:32 PM
  #16
Trained
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like I said before- it is the cheapest insurance ever ESPECIALLY with a young/old/active horse. It takes about another 5 min. To put them on and why not prevent?

I am kinda shocked with these people on here who do rigorous exercise with their horses and don't put anything on!
By that reasoning, you should have them on your horse 24/7, as horses do just as rigorous excercise themselves in the paddock. I know of quite a few horses who have bowed tendons and cut up legs in the paddock that could have been prevented with boots; Do you leave them on in the paddock?

Personally I don't think they would eb comfortable. They make the legs sweat, especiaklly the thick neoprene boots, so I only use them when I have to, I.e. Polocrosse.

I'm sure there are horses who have bowed tendons/etc with them on, as well. I have also read research that pints to the fact they may sometimes do more harm than good. If I have never had an issue without them, then I don't see why it is such a shock that I don't see the need to try and prevent something that has never happened, and in most cases, never will.
     
    09-22-2009, 06:33 PM
  #17
Trained
Forgot to add. At polocrosse on the weekend, it was really hot weather. Boots are compulsory. I took my boots of between every game and hosed my horses lesg to cool them off. They were steaming hot and sweaty. Most people left them on all day, including the lunch break. I am sure that baking a horses tendons is not the best thing for them.
     
    09-22-2009, 07:20 PM
  #18
Started
Well- a few things you shouldn't assume:

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
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

To each his own :)
     
    09-22-2009, 07:34 PM
  #19
Trained
I didn't assume anything :]

I ASKED if you leave them on in the paddock. Thank you for answering.

But.

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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.

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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.
     
    09-22-2009, 07:50 PM
  #20
Yearling
I'm going to be very controversial here and express my scepticism over the use of boots to do anything other than protect the horse's leg from hitting itself with its other hooves or whacking a jump. Seriously, can anyone cite any scientific studies suggesting that SMBs and similar things prevent tendon injuries. Has such a study even been done? Do a few millimeters of fabric or neoprene support the weight of a 1000lbs + horse significantly better than than its internal leg structure? I'd like to see some empirical evidence of this. I used to ride at a barn where everyone and their mother used polo wraps, SMBs, you name it, and that place had more soft tissue ligament and tendon injuries than other barns where very few people wrapped their horses. It was a very posh barn and a lot of these valuable competition horses had an hour or two of turnout if they were lucky and were only ever worked on the softest of footing. I wonder, does that sort of management have any relation to soft tissue injuries? My completely anecdotal evidence there indicates that this is a management and training issue more than it is a leg protection issue.

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