Open frount boots - why do you like them or hate them?

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    04-24-2011, 10:39 AM
Smile Open frount boots - why do you like them or hate them?

Im doing more jumping right now but I think I need boots I see every one with open frount boots, whats so good about them? Should get them?
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    04-24-2011, 12:55 PM
I'm definitely not a jumper, but I was under the impression they were so that if you horse hits a bar, it can feel the bar hit its legs and helps to make sure it doesn't continue to knock down bars and possibly injure both itself and its rider.
    04-24-2011, 01:08 PM
Green Broke
Really, boots end up being personal preference on what you end up using.

Poseidon is front boots were designed to let a horse know if they have touched a pole or not. Most horses don't want to touch them, so if they accidentally rub them once, they are more likely to be a bit more careful the next time.
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    04-24-2011, 01:12 PM
I think Open Fronts have their place - on "greenies" who are learning to jump. Just as already stated for what they were designed for, they help teachthe horse to tuck their limbs up over a fence.

On more experienced mounts, I really see no point to them.
    04-25-2011, 04:42 AM
My horse is realy layzy sometimes. Do you think it would help?
    04-25-2011, 12:29 PM
Green Broke
I've ridden green horses that can't stand touching a rail and old campaigners who can get complacent about knocking things down. Depending on the horse I think it it can benefit a lot of horses to feel it when they hit something. It's hard to say if it's going to help your horse out, you need to first figure out if your horse is just being lazy or if he needs some conditioning/training to increase fitness and jumping ability. IMO jumping horses in boots is an all around good idea regardless.
    04-25-2011, 12:32 PM
Originally Posted by upnover    
IMO jumping horses in boots is an all around good idea regardless.
I completely 100% agree! Absolutely!
    04-25-2011, 01:35 PM
OPen front boots also protect the tendons from being hit by the back feet etc.
I love my open fronts they are leather and secured with cross straps with lambs wool interior they are my show boots obv I have other cheaper ones for playing in

All horses I think should wear boots jumping for protection my guys all wear open fronted tendon boots over reach boots and then some wear back brushing boots to
    04-25-2011, 09:05 PM
Thank you guys so much. I will go get a pair then :) This has helped alot

But just one more question. Is there anything bad about them ?
    04-25-2011, 09:23 PM
I like open fronts for my youngsters and at show but when I'm schooling or on my older horses I use splint boots or polos because they support and protect the leg more.

They are a bad idea if the horse doesn't care if he knocks the rails down because they don't protect the front part of the legs

boots, comp, jumping

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