Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand
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.
Okay... so, I am glad that the show is discouraging polos. Not only do they have the chance of becoming unwrapped-- but during XC and if the ground is wet during stadium, they absorb the water and come loose. This can cause them to fall around your horse's ankles which isnt very safe...
Im a cheapy... so my boots have always been under 30 or 40 dollars. I prefer woof or splint boots in the front. They are very sturdy and easy to keep clean. They are mostly used for protecting the front of your horse's legs, his fetlocks, and knees. If you want to protect his heels and coronet band, you can also buy bell boots.
I like the boots you are looking at... but I prefer the ones that are almost all neopreme and have like a soft, rough suede like cusion on the inside. Ill try to find them because its hard to explain. They are basically the exact same thing, but more flexible.
These are the boots I have used and will probably always use. Any other questions, I will answer :)