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post #1 of 16 Old 05-05-2009, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Boots for Jumping

I want to get some boots for jumping for my horse, but I'm totally lost on what kind to get. I don't want to spend a lot, preferably under $100 but will go higher for fronts and hinds. Also, I ride hunter/jumper mostly and won't use these boots on the flat.

I was looking at these thinline boots. I'm a huge fan of their saddlepads but have never tried their boots. If I get them I'd get the full set.
ThinLine Open Front Schooling Boots - Horse Rider Performance Saddle Pads - ThinLine

Thinline also has these boots that look really nice. It's like an SMB boot but without the neoprene, which is very nice.
Cobra SMB Support Boot - Horse Rider Performance Saddle Pads - ThinLine

Those are the two kinds of boots I'm most interested in. Which ones do you think I should go with, or do you have any other suggestions?

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post #2 of 16 Old 05-05-2009, 07:20 PM
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I prefer open front boots for jumping. Before you go wrapping up your horses legs though, what exactly do you want the boots to do?
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post #3 of 16 Old 05-05-2009, 09:32 PM
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woof boots. Best boots they make and definitely best for the price. There about 50 dollars for a pair so around 100 for back and front. Also, try the eskradon open front set at dover. You get the front and backs for a little over 100.
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post #4 of 16 Old 05-06-2009, 06:20 AM Thread Starter
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Mainly I want to protect him from knocks and stuff, but I also want to provide some support too. I've never really used boots before, but I think it would be good to start using some while jumping.
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Ooooh I like the look of those SMB type boots!!!

Let me tell you, I've read allot of articles that have based their studdies on shock and our horses joints.

Our horses take allot of shock when they jump or do extreme/strenuous sports like reining, and barrel racing etc, etc - and horses, even when they have great conditioning and muscle tone through their bodies, still absorb allot of this.

That is why I started to use the SMB's because they have been proven to aborb shock far much more than your other boots that are out on the market. But after doing more research, I see how much heat is taken in through those SMB's neoprene - BUT it is the neoprene that absorbs the shock.

So I've been sorta torn.

If we jump allot - open fronts and other boots out there are not doing their job to absorb the shock, so while they prevent from bonks and knocks - they aren't protecting our horses joints and tendons properly.

I'd look more into those SMB type that Thinline makes. Our horses joints are a pot of gold, without them, we are out and so are they right. So why not do our best to protect their joints when we do sports like jumping and cc.

Studdies show that many boots on the market do diddly other than prevent knocks and bumps, and in my opinion - that is not enough for me.
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Yah, I really like the look of those boots too. I think I'll do some more research on them.
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post #7 of 16 Old 05-06-2009, 02:43 PM
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I'm not familiar with the SMB boots, but the front boots you showed are similar to the ones I use. I do very minimal jumping, so I'm not really sure which kind is better. MIEventer is probably right.

This is the kind I use:
Shedrow Open Front Boots-On Sale until Aug 31 2009 [BOE0031]

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I LOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEe Woofs! They are AMAZING! We all use them on our eventing team. They are great boots. I don't belive in support boots, some people do, but I don't like them much. My personal opnion, but I always will use Woofs!

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post #9 of 16 Old 05-07-2009, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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I've tried doing some research on the thinline SMB boots, but haven't found anything. I'm thinking they are fairly recent to the market so that's why.

The SMB's also seem like my best bet. I'm thinking I should get both fronts and hinds because my horse's back legs are built fairly close together and rub some.

I'm a little torn though because the thinline open fronts look really nice too, but I also want some support.

So does anyone else have any advice??
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I think SMB's are more for gymkhana rather than jumping.

Open fronts are what I prefer.


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