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        10-18-2013, 07:18 AM
      #11
    Foal
    My horse is young. 4 1/2. She is not clumsy but did pop a splint last week. Fortunately it has not bothered her all. That shows the work is strenuous. Also she is a friesian cross and her feather were pretty until she learned how to up and step on her feathers and pull them out. I have polo wraps but those are tedious. Was looking for something quick and effective.
         
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        10-18-2013, 08:01 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    I don't use anything normaly.

    If the school is getting very deep then I may use some premier equine sports boots
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        10-18-2013, 09:35 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
    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.
    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 ).
         
        10-18-2013, 09:43 AM
      #14
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Kayty    
    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.
    You use Eskadron climatex underneath what?
         
        10-18-2013, 09:45 AM
      #15
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by faye    
    I don't use anything normaly.

    If the school is getting very deep then I may use some premier equine sports boots
    Sport Boots and Protection - Shopping Cart
    What do you mean by "if the school is getting very deep? Ar you speaking about footing in an arena?
         
        10-18-2013, 10:00 AM
      #16
    Trained
    Quote:
    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.
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        10-18-2013, 10:00 AM
      #17
    Green Broke
    We have a sand school/arena. With the british weather being as variable as it is the school can ride very deep and claggy putting extra strain on tendons.

    I've had it on 2 occasions this year, at the beggining of the year the school got super wet and ended up riding very deep. Then in mid august the school went bone dry and the wind was blowing the sand around and no amount of leveling helped so we got some deep spots in the school where the sand built up and it was very heavy going.
         
        10-18-2013, 10:03 AM
      #18
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    Quote:
    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 ).

    I have seen heat damage from sports boots used correctly, some horses are very sensitive to it.
         
        10-18-2013, 10:04 AM
      #19
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by faye    
    we have a sand school/arena. With the british weather being as variable as it is the school can ride very deep and claggy putting extra strain on tendons.

    I've had it on 2 occasions this year, at the beggining of the year the school got super wet and ended up riding very deep. Then in mid august the school went bone dry and the wind was blowing the sand around and no amount of leveling helped so we got some deep spots in the school where the sand built up and it was very heavy going.
    GGT! It is expensive but the stuff is amazing in outdoor rings if it's wet out. It's the same stuff they used at the Olympics and look how good that footing stayed. Keeps it level, same depth regardless of weather conditions, drains well, etc.. You probably don't have to pay the same import costs, so it might even be cheaper for you than here.
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        10-18-2013, 12:12 PM
      #20
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    Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
    I use polos with Eskadron liners underneath to dissipate heat. I also have a few sets of the EcoGold boots.
    Have you tried Back on Track ones? I just found out they have splint boots on market. Now I'm thinking may be I should of try those...

    I personally use EcoGold on all 4. They are pretty reasonably priced for the quality.
         

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