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  • Difference between split boots vs polo wraps

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    05-28-2010, 09:40 PM
Green Broke
I use polo wraps on all 4 feet or splint boots on the front and polo wraps on the back.

Even if they don't really "do" anything in the way of support, they do keep buggies off her legs and she looks awfully cute with purple polo wraps!
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    05-28-2010, 10:06 PM
I use splint or brushing boots on fronts every time I ride in ring and on hinds when I plan to jump. The last thing I need is extra-splint on my horse's leg. I don't use anything on trail though.
    05-28-2010, 11:09 PM
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I prefer to use boots when jumping. Not because they offer any tendon support (they don't) but because they soften the blows if they hit a jump. I rode one stallion who hated jumping in boots. He would try to rip them off while warming up. I had to do XC without them most of the time. Luckily, he had legs of iron.

He would let me wrap them any time we did lateral work, though. I always wrap when doing lateral work.

    05-28-2010, 11:15 PM

I use front and back boots when I ride Hammi.
    05-28-2010, 11:43 PM
Green Broke
Chinga always wears boots when we're riding. Just because its the way I've been taught and it protects Chinga's legs. They don't bother him, he takes no notice of them. So why not?
    05-29-2010, 12:08 AM
Green Broke
While we're on the subject of boots, I have a questions that been bugging me for a long time... What's the difference between gallop boots and splint boots?
    05-29-2010, 12:35 AM
Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
While we're on the subject of boots, I have a questions that been bugging me for a long time... What's the difference between gallop boots and splint boots?
If you look closely, split boots are protection for the splint bones and have extra protection that runs on the inside from right below the knee to ankle. The galloping boots have extra protection on protruding areas of inside of boots also. I believe that's the difference. Hope that helps. I could be wrong feel free to correct me. :}
    05-29-2010, 03:54 AM
^^ I don't think there's really any difference, especially since I have seen the exact same pair of boots sold by different stores under different names.

I like to use splint boots when I'm going to work on circles, sidepassing, pivots, etc.. For trail riding and moving cattle, I don't like to use anything. Depending on the horse's stride, I might also use bell boots. I sometimes use back boots if the situation calls for it. The only time I really use SMB type boots is when I'm running barrels/poles etc. (or working them).

It all depends on how strenuous the activity is and how great a chance there is of legs bumping each other.
    05-31-2010, 01:39 AM
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.
    06-01-2010, 12:51 AM
Green Broke
Why wouldn't you use the support boot at a show? That's where I think boots matter the most! Horses are more likly to spook or be just stupid at shows so I like having protection on my horse almost the whole time I'm at a show

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