My horse is coming back from a tendon injury. We recented started doing flat work and trail riding again at a walk/trot. I've never used boots before, and have decided that maybe I should look into them.
My horse has tiny little pixie legs, and I currently can't find a tendon boots/AP boots in her size locally. When I get them, I would feel safer using them every ride... But would this mean my horse's tendons never become strong enough to ride without them? Would she become "reliant" on boots? When I compete, we are allowed no leg protection. I can't have a horse who REQUIRES leg protection.
I mostly want to use boots so she doesn't over reach and bang her tendons on the front leg with her hind feet...
(For now, I use polo wraps on the two front legs... Similar question regarding these not allowing her tendons to strengthen.)