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post #21 of 29 Old 06-01-2010, 12:59 AM
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For arena work (lunging included), I prefer to use leg protection. What I use depends on the horse and what I have available, but I do like to have something on their legs.

Most of my riding time is spent out on trail, and I don't use any leg protection. Part of the reason is that the trails in this area are a freakin' mud hole.

Just recently, someone from my barn asked to borrow my splint boots and I allowed them to. Later, I saw the horse coming back in from a ride with the boots on the wrong legs, and backwards. Actually, I'm not entirely sure how they even managed to keep the boots from falling off from the way they were attached. It truly defied description.

I have to say, it surprised me that someone would specifically ask to borrow an item that they apparently had NO clue how to put on a horse properly. . .though I have seen some interesting "interpretations" of polo-wrapping over the last couple of years.

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post #22 of 29 Old 06-03-2010, 01:11 PM
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Why wouldn't you use the support boot at a show?
unfortunately for English Jumpers they're not allowed at the shows. :(

Since we just use them as supplements on strength training days we don't really need them at the show because we're not working him very hard at all.
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post #23 of 29 Old 06-03-2010, 01:16 PM
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Just recently, someone from my barn asked to borrow my splint boots and I allowed them to. Later, I saw the horse coming back in from a ride with the boots on the wrong legs, and backwards. Actually, I'm not entirely sure how they even managed to keep the boots from falling off from the way they were attached. It truly defied description.
LOL - Clearly a Kodak moment.

I'm going to start taking pics of these events. We could have a very long - very entertaining - thread about this.
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post #24 of 29 Old 06-03-2010, 01:56 PM
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No matter what I ALWAYS put splint boots on my horse. Always Always Always. Its just that little peace of mind.
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post #25 of 29 Old 06-03-2010, 02:19 PM
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unfortunately for English Jumpers they're not allowed at the shows. :(

Since we just use them as supplements on strength training days we don't really need them at the show because we're not working him very hard at all.
you must be talking about hunters. I know for a fact that most jumpers always have on some sort of leg protection.
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post #26 of 29 Old 06-03-2010, 08:31 PM
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Yes, jumpers any kind of boot is allowed. I use open fronts and bell boots whenever I show jump around. And I use galloping boots and bells on XC.

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post #27 of 29 Old 06-03-2010, 10:14 PM
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Yes, jumpers any kind of boot is allowed. I use open fronts and bell boots whenever I show jump around. And I use galloping boots and bells on XC.
Unless HorseDad is from a different country with different rules for showing. :)
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post #28 of 29 Old 06-03-2010, 11:11 PM
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Unless HorseDad is from a different country with different rules for showing. :)
well I didnt think of that. lol
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post #29 of 29 Old 06-03-2010, 11:48 PM
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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.
Nope, I am not misunderstanding anything as a matter of fact. Horses develop their tendons and muscles naturally while out in pasture, while doing dressage, while out hacking, so when it comes to higher strenuous sports like Jumping, Barrel Racing and etc, etc - our horses muscles and tendons are built up properly, through proper conditioning on a daily basis.

So when we jump, Studdies through Universities and Equine Lameness Veterinarians show, that jumping breaks down our horse joints due to the impaction that occurs when our horses front feet land on the ground. As the saying goes "A horse only has so much jump in them" and that is why Upper Level Riders in North America limit their jumping and focus mainly on proper conditioning on the flat.

So, when using these supposed "supportive" boots when jumping, helps to absorb the shock that our horses front legs absorb naturally when on landing off of a fence, which -wait for it - aids in preserving, preveting and protecting our horses most valuable parts of their bodies...their legs. Not because they are "supportive" but because of how they are designed and the materials that are used.

Studdies show that many boots that are out on the market, do not offer that much in "support", so if that's the case - then how would a horse become dependant on a boot, if studdies show otherwise? Curious.

And in North America - we can use boots when in Jumping Competitions - regardless if it is Jumpers or Eventing.

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