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post #1 of 25 Old 10-17-2013, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Best leg protection for Dressage

I'm interested in hearing which sport boots my fellow dressage riders use for protection of their horses's legs. Thanks
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post #2 of 25 Old 10-17-2013, 11:30 PM
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While I will occasionally use boots while schooling dressage (when I am in a hurry) I much prefer a good wrapping with polos.
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post #3 of 25 Old 10-17-2013, 11:40 PM
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Polo wraps or brushing boots

But you can't use them when you compete, but I always have them for schooling.

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post #4 of 25 Old 10-18-2013, 12:25 AM
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Depends on how lazy I'm feeling. Polos usually but sometimes some SMBs or Splint Boots. Mostly just because my big mare has a tendency to knock her legs together just walking.
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post #5 of 25 Old 10-18-2013, 01:22 AM
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The biggest thing to be cautious of is any heat trapping. So no neoprene, SMBs, etc.. as these boots will cause more harm than they protect from.

I use polos with Eskadron liners underneath to dissipate heat. I also have a few sets of the EcoGold boots. Both options keep the legs quite cool and protected. In hot weather I will often ride with bare legs as well.
Bells on front and possibly back depending on if the horse interferes I will do as well.
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post #6 of 25 Old 10-18-2013, 02:17 AM
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Oh that's right, I do use bell boots as well!

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post #7 of 25 Old 10-18-2013, 04:21 AM
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We have used a lot of different things. open jumping boots with bell boots for horses that overstep and clash their shoes together.
polo wraps, polo wraps with lining under, these new closed soft boots, Eskadron had them first I think and then BR - oh, they seem to be called tendon boots.. all kinds of things.
Now I do dressage work basics and we don't use anything. When using cavalleti, or doing some jumps, we use the first pictured boots.
I like not using anything, but especially shod horses who like to tangle their legs need something, or they will hurt themselves. Atm I have a barefoot horse, and he does not really need boots as I have never heard them clack together

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post #8 of 25 Old 10-18-2013, 05:00 AM
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If a horse is young and unshod, and unlikely to knock themselves, I keep them clean.

It is BEYOND me why people put the biggest darn wraps they can find on their horse's legs.

Is it gamgee, that you guys call the under layer for bandages? I favour those, on all four when doing more work.

Or if I am really lazy I buy the banadges with the underlayer already attached!

I generally only use knocking boots if I am in a rush, hacking, jumping, or the horse doesn't realise it has four legs.
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post #9 of 25 Old 10-18-2013, 05:03 AM
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I must admit as I hunt without boots, I don't tend to use them for dressage schooling. (Only for a baby horse that is clumsy maybe)
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post #10 of 25 Old 10-18-2013, 05:45 AM
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I prefer to bandage with Eskadron climatex underneath, but in reality I rarely have the time to wrap. I have Eskadron open front brushing boots that I really like, they breathe well, don't allow grit into them and give sufficient protection from knocks. Bell boots on fronts, occasionally behind as well.
In really hot weather (our summers usually sit around 38*C + during the day), I will only use bells and generally won't do a heck of a lot of work anyway due to the heat.

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