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    07-26-2010, 10:54 PM
Green Broke
We haven't even been able to come to a solid conclusion in the equestrian world yet as to whether SMB's and/or polo wraps even offer real support and so it's impossible to conclude if they would weaken the legs at all.

I'm inclined to believe that the protection a good all around boot like an SMB offers is going to outweigh any potential negatives. They may or may not offer support, but they obvious offer good protection from general outside leg injury and help keep the lower legs warm and circulating.

However, I even find the ankle brace analogy a little silly. How do we know this? Have we done a study where a perfectly healthy human wore a leg brace for a year and proved weaker then someone who didn't? Typically people wearing these types of devices are those with already established problems.

And on that note, it's the reason why Zierra wears them and Jynx doesn't. They help with Zierra's leg swelling, whereas I see no reason for Jynx to wear them - she just wears bell boots for clipping.
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    07-26-2010, 11:06 PM
I use boots very rarely, ie, XC or slippery conditions. Not keen on legs getting too warm during exercise and with my youngsters, they need to learn where to put their feet and they learn much quicker if they can feel their clumsiness.
    07-26-2010, 11:24 PM
I recently read an article in my new favorite horse magazine Equus. There was a study done saying that SMBs absorb up to 25% of the shock the leg would otherwise take without the boot. While they're not the end all be all of shock absorption, they do help a little when doing high impact work.

I only use boots when I'm going to be jumping solid obstacles or trail riding for the purpose of protecting the legs from hard knocks if he slips or hits a log on the way over. Otherwise, I don't bother. I'd rather the legs work naturally to strengthen and support themselves.
    07-26-2010, 11:32 PM
I generally don't use boots unless I have to according to discipline rules - Polocrosse requires boots or bandages on all four legs.

Bundy HATES boots and has never gotten used to them even after long 6+ hours days of Polocrosse - He still kicks at them. His discomfort as well as the heat they hold in when playing in summer are good enough reasons for me not to use them unless I have to.

In my 10+ years of riding, in numerous disciplines and lots of trail riding and stockwork in rough country, i've never had a horses legs injured while riding except for a) Wildey over reaching for a few months as he matured, and b) Wildey also falling to his knees alot and skinning them as he matured. I've ridden in some rough country and done a lot of work in fast paced disciplines and never felt the need. Jumping I used to use boots but I tend to only jump low-ish and prefer the horse to feel any bangs on rails.
    07-26-2010, 11:44 PM
Alright, that's what I thought. I knew the kind of leg wraps I used were very good leg wraps and protect and absorb shock very well... I don't use them if i'm going on slow trail rides or just riding around the yard, I just wasn't sure if I should use them when I do the other things with her. Some people have told me they weaken the legs and to never use them, while others have told me to never work a horse without them.. Thanks for all the help! :)
    07-27-2010, 06:13 AM
I find da boots helpful :)

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