Originally Posted by beau159
Sure, if you leave them on for hours and hours and hours on end, they will cause heat damage.
But if they are used correctly
, and in the time frame they were designed, it's a bit ridiculous to say that sport boots will cause more harm than they protect.
I've heard way more instances of damaged tendons/ligaments from incorrect polo wrapping, than I have of heat damage from sport boots (although I do routinely see idiotic people leaving their horse tied up all day with their sport boots on
There is a lecture on YouTube from a sport horse guy talking about how quickly boots heat up and cause damage. I don't argue with science and what seems to me to be a pretty respectable conference the guy is presenting at (AEP?). Saw it a while ago so don't remember his name..
I see the legs get quite hot and sweaty on boots, just from observation. The Ford Pinto was designed to be a safe vehicle and look how that turned out. Design rarely comes to fruition and times are a changing with regards to sport horses. Wrapping their legs in neoprene for 90 minutes is counter intuitive. Look at the big guys - their horses are wrapped with climatex. And have been for years. I haven't seen a big dressage barn with SMBs or these tendon boots ever. Horses legs see too valuable and if they aren't wrapped they are bare, because a whack with a foot causes far less long term damage than heat trapping.
The tissues in the lower leg start to get more brittle at 6 which is why conditioning on different surfaces and keeping the legs cool, including icing after riding, become so important.
For a dressage horse in work 6 days a week, it is important to help them to maintain soundness however is possible and that includes reading and learning. These horse me are athletes and should be treated as such. Put SMBs on your legs and go run in heat for 50 minutes after having them on for 30 mins and then leave them on for 10-20 mins after. Horses can't tell us what's hot. We have to watch sweat patterns. Posted via Mobile Device