|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.