My trainer has offered me to do free rides (I tried one yesterday and it was great!) so I'll be doing a lot more flatwork now and start jumping (hopefully regularly) in the spring. I think X has had in the past something with his front lower leg... don't remember what it was called, but it was a small case involving his tendons or ligaments maybe? And someone had helped me put polos on him. I think his leg was a little hot so that lesson I just trotted him (this was a year and a half ago) a bit after walking him a lot, and then put a cold water on his legs and he was fine.
I don't know if this came from being overworked but If I'll be riding him a lot in the summer (If I can somehow get my butt to the barn) I don't want him to get injuries from being over worked. Of course I know that proper warm ups and gradual increases of work are the best prevention, but would boots or polos help in any way as well?