I have a 12 year old barrel mare; been running, sliding, stopping, checking cows all her life tossed between owners and not really well looked after until her previous owner and myself. I use her for trails, she's my decompression horse when my show horse goes on strike and I just want to "ride" I'd that makes sense. Most importantly though is I run her on barrels and poles.
She was a solid 1D horse for years and while I'd like to run her like that, it's more of a hobby than a focus for me.
The people who had her before me ran her with nothing on. Both my horses live in overreach boots for safety because sometimes they can be just a tad frisky.
I has bought a set of smb III's to run her in, but she hates them. We had them fitted and such by our local store to make sure we got the proper size and she hates them on her back legs. She doesn't flex as well in them and doesn't like to move out as much and will grind her teeth and pin her ears. Now a few months back she damaged a tendon kicking the fence at another horse and I just don't feel comfortable running her without any protection. I use pools when we just do light riding but Io wouldn't want to run her in them.
Oh when I say damaged it wasn't really damaged it was just inflamed and she needed a moth of rest and bute and is back to a normal workout routine now
Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated!
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