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post #1 of 16 Old 03-16-2009, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Boots for Jumping

Okay, I have the SMBII boots for my horse (front only) and I only boot him when we go on trail rides. I like him to have that extra support for that kind of thing. I do eventually plan on jumping him and was wondering what is the best boot for that? I'm not sure if I'll go with an open front boot, my horse has nice scope and doesn't come close to hitting the jumps when he goes over them online. Would the SMBII boots be okay? If not, why? I like the Woof Boots, but they aren't for jumping...so yea
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There have been quite a few University Studdies on the trauma horses take in their joints and tendons when they jump. They take allot of shock - which is why it is so important to not only condition our horses properly, but preserve their job *a horse has only so much jump in them*

I use SMB's when I Jump, Fox Hunt or do CC. University studdies show that they do aid in absorbing that shock that our horses take when jumping and doing strenuous acitivies *barrel racing, reining, etc, etc*

I use them only when I jump, nothing else. Not for Flat Work, not for hacking - that, I do bare. My horses legs are conditioned and strengthened through hacking, flat work and being out in pasture 24/7 - using SMB's are just added protection for my horse when we jump.

We want to aid in preserving our horses legs, and preventing injuries when doing strenuous acivies - that is why I love my SMB's and I will continue to use them.
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SMBs are fine. But if you decied to jump at a higher level eventually, and find your horse is starting to hit the rails, switch to open fronts, just to give him a wake up that it hurts when he hits the rail. Both offer support and shock absorbtion when fitted correctly. I use gel open fronts when jumping, and sports boots for when I used to event, at sporting days, strenuous trail rides, and when I am doing lots of galloping.
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Open fronts do not offer support - they are just a glorified spint boots, protecting from knocks and bangs.

There is really no boot that offers support.
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I just wanted to add.. I'm not sure if you're wanting to go hacking/trail riding or coung Xcountry with your horse, but it's worth mentioning:
I would steer clear of using a fabric boot like SMBs if the horse is new to drops. An inexperienced horse will sometimes rock back on its hind legs and slide its front legs down the support beam of a drop obstacle (I know I am not being technical, sorry...!!) and the boot can get caught up if that support strut is wood or any other catchy material. I would recommend a hard-shell boot till you know what your horse is going to do. If nothing else, the fabric will look more beat up.
With trail riding... look at your route beforehand.. if you're crossing water, avoid using boots that will soak up a lot of water. If you're planning on going through a briar bush... don't use cloth boots ;)


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My SMB's do fine in water obsticles - never had a problem. Although I have gone thorugh Burr *sp* bushes - they are a pain in the hooey to get those burdocks out......but water, never had an issue with my SMB's.

The drops with SMB's - never heard of that before. I've seen many a newcomer come out to the fascillity to train CC on the certified, approved course, with their coaches, in SMB's and new to drops, water and all that fun CC stuff - and never have seen any incidents.

I have never seen anything go wrong with SMB's on when used correctly and put on properly.

I see many an Eventer, even riding through water obsticles, using SMB's from Novice to CIC*** CCI***.
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I have definatly noticed that the boots provide added support to my mare when we do something strenuous. Maybe you define support differently. But my open fronts are definatly not glorified splint boots.
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There is a warning on many fabric boots saying not to use them XC for unseasoned horses.
Equilibrium boots come to mind, and they are designed in the same fashion as SMBs.

Anyways, each to their own.

I agree with Miss Katie about open fronts though... they most certainly do offer tendon support.


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Ive heard the warning about fabric boots becoming waterlogged as well. But I use them and havent had a problem.
I know what you mean about horses sliding their front and Ill post more later just got hit by lightning
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OK so sorry we just had a major storm, and a pretty large lightning bolt hit very near by, we had to shut off the wireless, so that explains the above post.

Anyway I have seen first hand the damage horses can do to themselves by sliding their front legs down drops. And I can see where JDI is from, if a horse does that on a course that is unkept, has splintery logs ect, that the boots could catch. Im not saying it is a common occurance, in fact there is probably a one in a million chance of it happening to you, however it is a possibility, and is something that should be kept in mind.
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