Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
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.