Turning a horse out in boots?

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    09-09-2010, 03:48 PM
Turning a horse out in boots?

I've always been told that turning a horse out in boots is bad for their legs (except bell boots) But I recently changed barns, and there are plenty of people here that have splint boots on their horses 24/7. So is this good for them? Or will it cause problems?
I still don't think i'll be turning my horse out in them either way though. She barely needs boots to be ridden and she doesn't run in the field.
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    09-09-2010, 04:16 PM
Wow! That's the first time I hear about turning out in splint boots, and I've been in number of barns (very fancy and not so fancy). I don't think it's all that good to be honest. Especially in mud/wet conditions. Those boots soak in and keep water pretty good (when exposed for long time), which is not healthy at all.

I keep rubber bell boots on my horse, because she cuts the leg just above the hoof, so I have no choice.
    09-09-2010, 04:23 PM
I have known many a barn that turns out many a horse in leg protection. Do the horses wear it 24/7? No.

OP, you say the horses in reference wear it 24/7, are you sure it is all the time?
    09-09-2010, 04:38 PM
Wow...on top of it not being a great idea for the horse...imagine those boots! Good splint boots are freakin expensive! I would flip if I found out my horse was being turned out in a pair of $100 splint boots that he could tear off in a second!
    09-09-2010, 04:52 PM
We had a gelding boarded with us that wore SMB's on his hind legs when turned out. He had very poor suspensory ligaments.
    09-09-2010, 05:12 PM
I turn my jumper out in splints every time. She is super high enegy and tends to buck and jump a ton in the turn outs so I do it for her safety.

But if your horse is a normal non jumper I don't see a problem of not doing this.

I do not keep her legs booted 24/7, but I did have them wrapped for the first few months I had her because of Lameness issues....are you sure they are boots nad not wraps?
    09-09-2010, 07:27 PM
Most of the ones that wear splint boots have them on when they're out, which is the majority of the day here. They really only come in to eat. Yes I'm sure they were boots and not wraps.
    09-09-2010, 07:31 PM
Here, people sometimes use paddock boots with a wool inner to protect the legs, though they again should not be on 24/7. However splint boots I would never leave on - They are a fair bit tighter than paddock boots and as they don't have a wool inner could quite easily overheat the tendons if not watched properly.
    09-10-2010, 08:53 AM
Originally Posted by Kelsyann    
Most of the ones that wear splint boots have them on when they're out, which is the majority of the day here. They really only come in to eat. Yes I'm sure they were boots and not wraps.
All day is very different than 24/7.

Corino, money spent on boots is far less than the vet bill and time off would cost for the horse that insists on being silly when turned out.
    09-10-2010, 07:26 PM
I was told that it isn't good for horses to wear boots 'all the time' or most of the time anyways because they begin to rely on the support of the boots, and once you take them off for riding lightly or for whatever reason, they are more apt to getting injured. Whereas horses who are left unbooted for the majority of the time end up with stronger muscles and can be worked booted or unbooted.

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