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 dont 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.
The rider casts her heart over the fence, the horse jumps in pursuit of it.