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post #1 of 34 Old 04-28-2009, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Question Boots?

I have my first show coming up in a couple months, an eventing "mini trial". When I am jumping at the barn, I always use polo wraps for my horse to protect and support her tendons/ankle. But in eventing apparently polo wraps are "strongly discouraged" (according to the rule book of this mini trial), I guess because there's the danger of them coming unwrapped.

So I need to get a pair of boots, at least for her front legs if not the back as well. But I don't want to spend a ton of $$$$ on them. Does anyone know of some nice boots that would do the trick of tendon/ankle support that don't cost too much? I'm looking for under $30/pair if at all possible...one of my barnmates uses these for the x-country portion of eventing shows she's in, but they don't seem like they would do much other than protect from striking, although I have no experience with boots so I may be wrong...

Woof All-Purpose Boots - Dover Saddlery.

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post #2 of 34 Old 04-28-2009, 11:44 PM
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I use SMB's. I started using them back in Pony Club and have been hooked. I love them because they absorb the shock that our horses joints go through when we jump.

I use them for CC and stadium.
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post #3 of 34 Old 04-29-2009, 12:25 AM
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Polo wraps actually don't provide any support for your horses legs. I personally use the SMB Elites. They are expensive, but my gelding bowed a tendon last year and my vet told me he could only be worked if he was wearing support boots, so I bought them. They're very easy to apply, almost foolproof, and provide great support. They also fit very well and come in tons of cute colors. They are an investment, but they have a one year warrenty and mine are used on a regular basis and still look and feel new.

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post #4 of 34 Old 04-29-2009, 08:46 AM
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I am a firm beliver in not using support boots, and letting the horse make their own support by strengthening their legs. I LOVE my Woof boots! I would NEVER go to anything else! They are a great investment, SUPER easy to clean, and dry fast! I am planing on getting another pair for my new horse(once I get one!) and some of their open fronts!

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post #5 of 34 Old 04-29-2009, 12:05 PM
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those boots you linked are basically just splint boots
i wouldnt think that would be enough protection for your discipline

to be honest you wont find the protection you want for under $30
horse stuff is ALWAYS expensive lol we all know that

here is a pair of open front boots for jumping they also have magnets for $40

Roma Magnetic Open Front Horse Boots - Dover Saddlery...

there are also a couple of reviews of that product

hope this could help you out :)

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Never use Open Fronts for eventing. They are fabulous for stadium jumping - very popular right now - but never use them for CC fences.

We must put the protection of our horses legs when doing CC, above the norm. Open fronts are no-no's for that.
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I am a firm beliver in not using support boots, and letting the horse make their own support by strengthening their legs
The horse gains strength, support and muscle by doing lots of flat work with their rider. When their rider focuses mainly on proper conditioning on the flat and hacking - the horse gains this.

Absolutely NO damage is done to a horse after they have proper conditioning througout their body, and wears SMB's when jumping once a week or for Comps.

A horse conditions their bodies out on pasture as well. Being out there does a world of good for a horse.

It is rediculous to think that a horse will loose everything when wearing SMB's for a few hours a week.
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post #7 of 34 Old 04-29-2009, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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How about these everyone??

Professional's Choice? SMB II? Sports Medicine Boots - Horse.com

Would these work for what I want to use them for (tendon protection while jumping)? Price seems right and the reviews are great (and a couple of you above have mentioned you really like them)!

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post #8 of 34 Old 04-29-2009, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Also do I just need a pair for the front for jumping, or should I get 2 pairs, one for the front and one for the back legs?

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I use the Elites, but the regular II's work great as well. Do you plan on using them only for jumping? I bought the four pack, which is a lot cheaper than buying two separate sets, so that when I trail ride I have protection against branches and other things on all four legs.

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post #10 of 34 Old 04-29-2009, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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What about these? They're only $31 a pair!

Roma Neoprene Sport Boots Horse Boots Horse Equipment Stable HorseLoverZ.com

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