I only use "boots" if I need them Lunging is one activity where I will use splint boots or polo wraps esp on a young animal for support, and or protection.
I use support boots if I am working an animal hard or if the animal is out of condition and needs time to strengthen up. Usualy combination boots. If the horse is older and a bit arthritic I will also use a support type boot.
If the horse interferes like brushes his/her fetlocks pasterns and etc then I will protective boots like splint boots. If the animal over reaches I will use bell boots. I use bell boots often esp when training walking horses that arent realy square in thier gaits.
I don't use skid boots because I don't do activities that might risk injury to backs of fetlocks and will require them. (ie sliding stops like in reigning) and I no longer jump so tendon boots and the like arent in my "boot" requirments any longer
If the horse is built like a freight train with legs of steel and does not interfere with its other limbs then no I do not use boots or wraps. I don't use wraps of any kind on trails and will limit use of boots.
I do wrap up for trailering though.
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