Originally Posted by MIEventer
lol, I think the rumor that a horse will become dependant on the boot is silly. So, using boots for 1 hour on your out, out of a 24 hour day - means your horse is going to become dependant on it?
What a load of garbage. So out of the 23 hours that your horse doesn't have the boots on, while out in pasture or a paddock, moving around continuously grazing, and playing with their buddies - means that during that 1 hour, your horse is going to become dependant on the boot?
huh? It seems you're misunderstanding. You're not on your horse demanding higher performance from them during those 23 hrs so you would naturally not need them. I'm not sure how you came to that conclusion. When you are training your horse to jump, you are putting them under more stress. Using the boot 100% of the time you jump means your horse's legs are relying on them -wait for it- 100% of the time. When you go to the show & expect the horse to jump without the support boots, he no longer has that support.
So, for us, we use only use the boots if we are having a long practice. Our horse is developing all of his leg, including tendons, naturally.