Leg Protection for Trail Rides?

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  • Should horses trail ride with leg protection
  • Self protection on trail rides products

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    09-26-2012, 11:15 PM
Leg Protection for Trail Rides?

I keep trail rides interesting. Mostly trail blazing--cutting through kudzu and vines. Jumping logs and creeks. Exploring woods.

Occasionally there are twigs and sticks and crap that can hurt Scar and most boots I come across are for the protection of legs from hooves on the inside.

What do you guys suggest for leg protection from rough terrain? Id like something that supports our antics (the jumping and climbing and descending) and protects from ouchies thanks to nature.

Any suggestions?
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    09-26-2012, 11:48 PM
Green Broke
I personally just put a full set of SMB (Sports medicine boots) on my horse when I take him out on the trails.

Along with a pair of rubber bell boots on his front hooves.
    09-26-2012, 11:58 PM
Originally Posted by ChingazMyBoy    
I personally just put a full set of SMB (Sports medicine boots) on my horse when I take him out on the trails.

Along with a pair of rubber bell boots on his front hooves.
Thanks :) that's what I was thinking.
    09-27-2012, 12:26 AM
Green Broke
If you choose to go with them, SMB boots are great because you can choose from so many different colors and patterns. I have a bit of a collection...

The bell boots aren't a necessity, I mainly have them on my horse because he is shod and has an on-going issue with tracking up just a tiny bit too much.
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    09-27-2012, 01:16 AM
Make sure they fit really well. You don't want sticks getting shoved up in a boot.
    09-27-2012, 03:54 PM
Smb's and bell boots are a good idea, one other thing to consider is a leather covered sport boot. The problem with trail blazing in SMB boots is you will have half a forest's worth of bramble stuck to them by the end of your ride. They tend to act as velcro when it comes to little burrs and clingy vines (personal experience trying for hours to pick off said items).

They make some good all purpose sport boots that will offer concussive protection, I have seen some dressage sport boots, inside is neoprene and outside is leather, that might be a good option to consider.

I would also advise loose rubber bell boots rather than the fitted ones with the heel nubby, that way if something gets between bell boot and hoof, it has room to fall out rather than get wedged in.

Best of luck!
    09-29-2012, 09:33 PM
You can also get protective oversocks for smb's.
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    10-18-2012, 02:39 PM
RES Equine Products has a great pair of brishing boots/ SPlint boots. www.resboot.com
    10-18-2012, 09:27 PM
If you are going through water at all, SMBs are not a good choice. They will get waterlogged and can put stress on the horse's tendons. A nice hard shell boot would be a better choice.

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