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    02-06-2009, 07:50 PM
Do use horse boots, or not, and why?

We have our horse, Sonny, boarded at a barn that requires the riders to use, preferably, Professional Choice SMB II boots. She had a horse a few years ago, that was not wearing them and got a bone chip in her chin, which calcified and expanded. She had to put her horse down within 5 months of the bone chip. If she would have had boots on she probably would not have had the problem.
Sonny doesn't have any issues with the boots, more-so his tail bag slapping his legs. So how about you. Do you use them???

Sonny and my daughter Sondra, enjoying a rare, nice Christmas day in Michigan.
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    02-06-2009, 08:04 PM
I have a coming 4 year old mare that I use splint boots on. She does not mind those and I am planning on purchasing some PC boots for her this spring. I think that boots are a good idea to use but not necissary to have. They are mostly used for horses that are competing and that closley placed legs because sometimes if a horse has naturally close feet and they are running or jumping etc, they will clip their hocks and can become injured. I would suggest boots for anyone that is competing, or training to compete, and definitely anyone who has a horse whos front feet are a little too close knit. Hope this helps!?
    02-06-2009, 10:05 PM
Green Broke
I use Woof Wear boots on all four of Blue's legs. She clips and they are just for protection along with some bell boots. We are in training for eventing.
    02-07-2009, 05:50 AM
I use full support boots when I am working in the arena on spins or loping circles. I do it to protect them from bowing a tendon or breaking a splint bone or any number of other possible injuries. I generally don't use them when trail riding because it is very hard to get all the stickers and burrs out of them.
    02-07-2009, 06:07 AM
I believe that boots/bandages are a good idea, especially when schooling, or on hard ground. This summer has been pretty dry and Evo is ridden with splint boots on every time. Honey's learnt to have things on her legs so she gets ridden in the them too. Protection is important, its hard to find a boot that supports and protects but its better than nothing. Obviously they are easier to accurately apply to the horses legs - I prefer to bandage if I have time, but boots are just so quick and easy to undo/put on.
    02-07-2009, 11:38 AM
i don`t ride with boots cause I do western pleasure and you can`t use boots in wp
    02-07-2009, 04:53 PM
I rarely ride in boots. Sometimes I'll throw on a pair of splint boots. When I start jumping i'm going to alternate between open fronts and nothing.
    02-07-2009, 05:32 PM
Ty always wears polos and bell boots up front even if I'm just long lining him. And if I'm going to work him harder than normal or jump him, I'll wrap him behind as well.
    02-07-2009, 07:00 PM
I use open front jumping boots or polos wraps (always with bell boots) in front during most lessons. I don't use them when competing because I can't (you can't in hunter/jumper) and I only use jumping boots when I know I'm going to be doing higher jumps or more jumps than I normally do.

I've been told that overusing boots (especially SMB, which have a lot of support( can actually weaken tendons because the horses get accustomed to being very supported all the time, so the tendons don't have to develop as much. I think they should only be used when required; when the horse actually needs the extra support.
    02-07-2009, 07:03 PM
ive herd of that two

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