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post #1 of 20 Old 10-13-2010, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on support boots?

I have a 3 yr old gelding whom is being started under saddle (he was started before I got him I am finding out, but he has had atleast 6-7 months off), we are not doing any cantering work, only walk trot whoa turns, trail work ect... Would you recomend any support boots for him? Also I have a 18 yr old Rocky who I trail ride and do some ring work and small gymkanahs (we are NOT fast, but have fun lol), would you reccomend boots for him? I have splint boots, but I have heard boots can cause more harm then good...whats your opinion???
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post #2 of 20 Old 10-14-2010, 12:42 AM
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You can use them if you think they can benefit from them but remember that it gets quite hot under the boots and it can actually get hot enough to cause tissue damage.
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post #3 of 20 Old 10-14-2010, 06:48 AM
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I have a 3 yr old gelding whom is being started under saddle (he was started before I got him I am finding out, but he has had atleast 6-7 months off), we are not doing any cantering work, only walk trot whoa turns, trail work ect... Would you recomend any support boots for him? Also I have a 18 yr old Rocky who I trail ride and do some ring work and small gymkanahs (we are NOT fast, but have fun lol), would you reccomend boots for him? I have splint boots, but I have heard boots can cause more harm then good...whats your opinion???
That's the first time I hear about it ever! I use splint boots EVERY time I work my horses in ring, flat work just fronts, jumping - all 4 legs. Frankly for just walk/trot and trails I wouldn't recommend any support boots at all, and highly doubt spring boots are needed. I put mine on because I do lateral work too, and I don't want them to hit the bone.
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post #4 of 20 Old 10-14-2010, 06:57 AM
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If you do decide to get some, I would look into SMB boots.

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post #5 of 20 Old 10-14-2010, 07:40 AM
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With my youngster when ever we do any work he is booted all round. You never know when a youngster is going to do something silly and end up knocking themselves.

I use Premier equine tendon support boots for his fronts and bog standard brushing boots for his hinds. I've never heard of splint boots? Maybe it is a difference in terminology over the pond, can someone stick a picture up of some splint boots.
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post #6 of 20 Old 10-14-2010, 07:55 AM
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With my youngster when ever we do any work he is booted all round. You never know when a youngster is going to do something silly and end up knocking themselves.

I use Premier equine tendon support boots for his fronts and bog standard brushing boots for his hinds. I've never heard of splint boots? Maybe it is a difference in terminology over the pond, can someone stick a picture up of some splint boots.
That's what I use: Dover Saddlery | Woof All-Purpose Horse Boots. It doesn't support, BUT protects.
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post #7 of 20 Old 10-14-2010, 07:58 AM
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kitten_val if those are splint boots then they are known by me as brushing boots.

These are what I use on his fronts: (top image)
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post #8 of 20 Old 10-14-2010, 08:06 AM
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My horses have had many different types of boots. (IGNORE MY EQU IN THAT JUMPING PICTURE, it's like 4 years old) Here are them wearing splint boots. :) Also looking back now, those polo wraps aren't done so great. But anywho, for western I use SMBS (game shows, trails etc), english flatting I use splint boots or polos, jumping I use open fronts and polos. I never work my horse without support.
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Those aren't splint boots! :) These are splint boots..
Splint boots image by cookietime11 on Photobucket

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post #10 of 20 Old 10-14-2010, 08:51 AM
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Those aren't splint boots! :) These are splint boots..
Splint boots image by cookietime11 on Photobucket
Other wise known as brushing boots. I use them on my horses hind legs, I use the Sports boots on the fronts though to give his legs a bit more protection and support.
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