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    02-07-2009, 11:57 PM
  #11
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Supermane    
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.
I completely agree with this. Although we are using boots at this moment in time, its because the ground is hard. I don't believe in abusing the use of equipment, but I do see the need to use boots for actitivites that are more than just hacking etc.
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    02-08-2009, 06:50 AM
  #12
Weanling
I'm kinda undecided, but I agree with what ohmyitschelle and Supermane said, use when necessary and avoid it when you can.
I thought this girl had an interesting arguement for it too, although she's talking interms of dressage, not other disciplines.
::: Sustainable Dressage - Tack & Auxillary Equipment - Gadgets & Auxillary Equpiment :::
Just thought i'd throw that in there.
     
    02-08-2009, 11:37 PM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by RedHawk    
I'm kinda undecided, but I agree with what ohmyitschelle and Supermane said, use when necessary and avoid it when you can.
I thought this girl had an interesting arguement for it too, although she's talking interms of dressage, not other disciplines.
::: Sustainable Dressage - Tack & Auxillary Equipment - Gadgets & Auxillary Equpiment :::
Just thought i'd throw that in there.
Interesting argument in that link, I very much like it. Made me think about why we do the things we do and where they are/are not neccessary. Looks like I'm off to buy some new splint boots for Honey this week
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    02-08-2009, 11:42 PM
  #14
Banned
Always booted when ridden. I have my own favorite kind though.
     
    02-08-2009, 11:54 PM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Spyder    
Always booted when ridden. I have my own favorite kind though.
Going to keep your fave a secret from us or will you share? And why is your horse/s always booted when ridden?

I use open front when I am jumping but usually don't bother when we flat. I like open front because the horse feels the knock if they get lazy or misjudge but there is protection for the ankle if poles fall or they clip themselves. I use splint boots or a SMB rip-off for games as I like to give him a little protection during hard turns and galloping about like mad men
     
    02-09-2009, 01:08 AM
  #16
Weanling
I use open front boots as well on Joe and I use fetlock boots because Joe hits his legs pretty bad. He can go a day or so w/out boots like if we jump in a hunter class, but not all the time. I also use polo wraps ocassionally when its muddy and I don't want to wash my boots. I wish I didnt have to use them! I used to use those Professional Choice boots on my old horse because he bowed a tendon before and he needed extra support or w/e. I agree to only use when needed. Im looking into getting some leather open front boots for shows but I mainly do jumpers so im not sure if they are necessary lol.
     
    02-09-2009, 02:58 AM
  #17
Showing
I always use boots on my horses, always. A lot of the times I will use polos actually because I prefer the custom fit BUT the boots provide the actual protection. Regardless my guy always wears something. Better be safe than sorry and worst case scenario, if he were to get hurt anyways at least I know I did everything I could to provide protection.
     
    02-09-2009, 09:57 AM
  #18
Foal
I use sport boots when just riding around the yard/trails
And open front boots when jumping.
Id rather put them on every time than have a leg injury.
We wear protection,why shouldnt they.
     
    02-09-2009, 11:55 AM
  #19
Weanling
My boy uses open front boots (they're pink and fuzzy! :) and supportive too) every ride. But then again we jump every ride (he loveloveloves jumping and if is a very high energy horse who needs to get rid of some of that energy, so why not do it in a way that makes him happy?) so it is needed protection. If we are going higher or working harder I put polos on the back.
     
    02-09-2009, 05:57 PM
  #20
Green Broke
I always use bell boots, I never want to lose a shoe cause of Blue's overreach!
     

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