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    11-09-2012, 12:06 PM
Green Broke
Leg Protection for Trail Riding............

OK, well, I am probably going to look like an idiot asking this but, I am totally uneducated about leg protection! I ride western and just hack around the ranch pretty much (big ranch 400 acres, so do come across lots of things on the ground) or trail rides in general. What would you all recommend for leg protection. If we go exploring we can come back with bloody legs from who knows what. Probably blackberry bushes that are not quite bushes yet. Also thinking that leg protection would have saved my TB from his nasty adventure last year when my FIL took him to check out hunting spots and he was attacked by bees and went off the trail and into who knows what but 300.00 later, he is fine. He cut his lower leg and we had to deal with proud flesh, YUCK, Anyway, back to leg protection. What do you all think?? And thank you!
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    11-09-2012, 12:07 PM
I would go with SMB's. Polo wraps may get caught on something and become a trip hazard.
    11-09-2012, 12:10 PM
Green Broke
Are those different than legacy boots??? Gosh I feel really stupid. Sometimes someone will put some up for sale and I am clueless as to what is what!!! Oh and then what about sizing? My girl is 17.2 and 1500lb and my boy is a TB at 16.3 and about 1300lbs. Am I going to run into problems with fit?
    11-09-2012, 12:14 PM
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I like SMB's - they fit really nicely around the leg, give good protection and are soft enough not to cause rubs on a long day out especially when its hot. I trailer mine in them as well so no fiddling around changing when we unload
Most companies do returns so order several types so you can check them out and companies like Dover Saddlery and Smartpak are really helpful with advice and will go and measure things for you
    11-09-2012, 12:17 PM
Green Broke
So SBM's are not all one type???
    11-09-2012, 01:35 PM
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You should probably look at some websites and see what they have - lots of different makes and styles and see what you think is going to work best for you - try Dover saddlery, Smartpak, horse.com. Equestrian collections - lots more out there but you can compare prices and styles
The SMB type boots give more leg coverage than plain brushing boots
    11-09-2012, 01:41 PM
Green Broke
I believe you can find SMB's or a simliar make in leather, I would opt for those.

I have been warned many times not to use leg protection on trails that are not manicured. You run into so much that will stick to them and get under them. No mud, water, or anything really. Much easier to just go without. Unless you get the leather ones then brush and such won't stick but you still can't get them wet. Wet traps heat which you never want.

And SMB's come in different styles basically. I like Classic Equine legacy boots myself.
    11-09-2012, 01:51 PM
Green Broke
Alright. Thank you everyone. This helps and I will do more research.
    11-09-2012, 03:44 PM
I love the professional choice elites. The one thing I can say with boots is you get what you fay for. Stick with brand names. They can be pricy but its a great investment and they come in a bunch of colors!

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