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    09-22-2009, 10:03 PM
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.

I also agree that excessive stall time is detrimental to strength and elasciticty of tendons, as well as other muscles.
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    09-22-2009, 10:05 PM
Has anyone here ever been scuba diving/surfing/anything that requires you wear a wetsuit? Remember how HOT it is doing anything out of the water with it on?

Don't think I like the idea of doing that to my horses legs unless I really have to.
    09-23-2009, 01:15 PM
Again to each his own ... I have NEVER had any issues with injury so when I have something going well I am not going to change it.

I have worked with many trainers at many barns who think the same as me and I respect their opinion as well as my 16 years of riding (competitively showing at high class barns, training many horses and even being a trainer myself). I am NOT saying you are wrong but like you said you were doing- I was giving another opinion.

I can agree to disagree with you and totally be ok with that :)
    09-23-2009, 01:18 PM
Ps. Wildspot I am jealous that you get to ride for 3-4 hours at a time... by the time I get off work(i have to work a real persons job durring the week- sucks!) I only have an hour an a half till it gets dark :(
    09-23-2009, 01:37 PM
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I'm still thinking it would be a good idea. Even after reading the arguments. Partly because he is only 3 and is unbalanced and we are doing a lot of transitions and directional changes, small circles, halts, backs... And it's been mentioned that they could hit themselves w/ their hooves. I still wonder about splint boots though, is there a general age that splints may appear or is it during heavy conditioning. Also, off the subject but at the shows (mostly reigners and speed eventers but some pleasure horses as well) have some type of white poultice on their legs with them wrapped in standing wraps, all four legs... why is this and I wonder if I should do it at shows. And I'm not a fad person. My first horse was a 3 year old that I rode hunt, people made fun becuase I waited until he was 5 to jump. I used leg wraps and head bumps when transporting, I never did wrap his legs though the entire time I showed him. He's 25 now and perfectly sound. I would like for Ri to be in such good shape when he's 25. That's why the questions. I'm goign to the tack shop today to look at the different types of support boots.
    09-23-2009, 02:02 PM
Good luck and I hope that you find the perfect combo for you and your horse :)
    09-23-2009, 05:52 PM
I also work a real persons job that I hate, but we have daylight savings in summer, meaning that it doesn't get dark until 8/9 at night. Some good riding can get done in that time!
    09-23-2009, 06:02 PM
Lucky- it gets dark here by 7 and I don't get off work till 5 or 5:30 :(
    09-23-2009, 06:09 PM
It's horrible in winter though, it gets dark at 5 and the earliest I can leave work is 4. Now that's not much riding time.
    09-24-2009, 11:10 AM
I forgot to add that another reason I had my SMB's was for when I was practicing showmanship. Sounds silly, to have boots on for when you weren't riding, but with as much as I would expect him to do (quick) pivot turns I didn't want him hitting his ankles when he was crossing over. The same can be said for asking for roll backs when you're working the lope on a rail.

Farmpony, I would say do what makes you comfortable. I know that I have been to many training barns and shows and the horses that I see are always wearing some sort of leg protection (when being ridden or lunged). I figure that those people are a lot smarter than I am and have a lot more experience than I do.

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