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    09-19-2010, 03:57 PM
Your preferred leg protection

I'm looking for a better option to protect JT's legs for riding and turn out. JT has a talent for finding anything that might hurt him and I cannot turn him out or go for a ride without him being wrapped. For a while I only wrapped the front legs, but for the last 2 weeks I've been dealing with a nasty cut on his hind leg, so all 4 is the only way to go.
I have the SMB sports boots, but they get stiff and I just don't think he likes them. I have polo wraps, but all the sticky plans attach themselves to them and he looks like I was trying to camouflage him by the time we get back. I have the open front boots for his front legs, they are sturdy, seem comfortable, but I cannot find them for his hind legs. Of course whatever I go with with needs to work with the overreach boots, because he steps on himself too. Does anyone have a favorite kind that may work for us?
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    09-19-2010, 06:57 PM
I don't think they make open front hind boot but they make ones that look like this... the first two pictures. Sorry I just send you a whole website
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    09-19-2010, 07:36 PM
I prefer the SMB's when a time comes that I actually feel like I need them but I normally don't use boots. I will say that turning him out in boots is more dangerous than leaving him naked, all it would take is one little weed or twig to get up in there to do some real damage. For riding, if he doesn't like the SMBs, you can always try polos and wrap a layer or 2 of vetwrap around the outside to protect from the weeds (for the most part anyway).
    09-19-2010, 07:51 PM
Green Broke
Sunny wears a pair of combination boots. I believe they are splint, overreach, skid, tendon, and something else....they also had the option of attached bell boots. I only paid around $20 for them.
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    09-19-2010, 08:58 PM
Hind open fronts:
Dover Saddlery | Eskadron Flexisoft Hind Boots .
(the picture is actually wrong - the hinds have 3 straps, not 2, that go across the front of the leg)
    09-20-2010, 01:40 AM
Green Broke
If he's hurting himself that frequently, I would find a new farrier, or talk to your current farrier about his issues. He should not be hitting himself so often, even if he's full of himself during turnout. My horses never wear any leg protection, during turnout, riding, jumping, or training. Only very occassionally do they get any kind of lower leg injury, and that's only when they do something stupid like spook or get in a scuffle.

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