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post #1 of 6 Old 06-04-2010, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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Question Horse Leg protection: Do I need them?

Hello there! I have a quick question for you guys:

What is leg protection for, and when should i use it?

I've been around horses all of my life, but now that i have my own and what to do things with them, i wonder about leg protection.

I want to game with my horse Cloud(key race, barrels, poles), ride dressage with my horse Misty, and jump when i save enough money to buy a younger horse. (of course i have to learn how to ride english first XD)

But if you could tell me about what leg protection is for, and how/what product should i use for what i want to do?

Thanks a bunch!

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-04-2010, 10:20 AM
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Majority of the boots that are out on the market just prevent your horses legs from knocks, knicks, bangs and scrapes.

If you watch alot of Gymkanner's, the majority use boots on their horses legs when involved in these highly physical games.

What I would use if I were doing sports such as those involved in Gymkanna, is a boot that wraps around the entire leg, protecting the full amount from front, side to back - to ensure that no matter where the horse gets hit either from objects that you are galloping around, or from him/herself.

You can also use these when you merge into Jumping.

You don't have to go out and buy expensive boots, heck, I just bought myself a set of 4 boots just like this:

In black, for $40.00 from my local tack store. They do their job, lined in neoprene and I like that I got black so that I can go with whatever colors I choose for the day.

Uses - to protect your horses legs from getting knocked, knicked, bumped, scraped. Some aid in absorbing shock, just like Athletes Running Shoes that are designed in this manner, so are some athletic horse boots.

When - I only use mine when I am Jumping or out on the CC course, or out on a long hack/Fox Hunt/Hunters Pace.

I do not use boots on my boy when I am doing dressage/flat work, out on a conditioning hack.

If your horse does not interfear with him/herself while doing patterns at home, then I wouldn't worry about wearing boots. *Interfear meaning legs knocking themselves, hind legs hitting the front legs, etc, etc* But if your horse does have a tendancy of interfearing with him/herself, then I would consider putting boots on to help protect the lower legs.

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-04-2010, 10:42 AM
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These are the boots that I use when I run barrels or poles or work cattle.
They offer alot of support for the horse.
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-04-2010, 11:44 AM
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Actually, studdies show that "Support" boots offer little "Support". They offer more than any other boot or wrap on the market, but the % is slim.

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post #5 of 6 Old 06-04-2010, 12:18 PM
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Do your horses hit or knock themselves? If not i wouldnt bother putting boots on them heck i hunted my horses for 4 years with no boots.

However if they do catch thmeselves maybe a pair of brushing boots like MIeventer pictured and some over reach boots. Iwould avoid bandaging unless you are extremly competent as you can seriously damage a horses legs. Tendon boots also offer protection to the front legs.

I wear boots when im doing decent jumping or fast work never when im hacking or schooling my girls.

I did hear the boots worn to regularly or tightly when doing conditioning work can actually prevent the muscles from gaining strength i dont know how true that is though so i wouldnt go on it.

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-06-2010, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Ah! Thank you very much everyone! This ansered everything perfectly!

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dressage , gaming , jumping , leg protection , tendons

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