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post #1 of 11 Old 12-04-2010, 04:39 AM Thread Starter
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Polo wraps or open front boots on a 2y/o for a trail...

Im taking my horses on a trail tomorrow. I want to ensure my 2 y/o's legs are protected as well as possible. We wont be doing anything but walking and possibly trotting a few paces to keep up. Unfortunately the smb I bought from a fellow boarder are too bug for her but fitmy chunk gelding. So my options are polo wraps or open front boots...which do you think would offer the best support for an easy trail?
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-04-2010, 09:46 AM
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Neither are going to support her legs at all. The polos will pick up lots of "stuff" on the trail and will be a PITA to clean when you get home.
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post #3 of 11 Old 12-04-2010, 01:21 PM
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Well, they won't offer much support, but the open fronts might help if she's clumsy at all and trips or knocks legs.
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Open Fronts are only meant to teach a horse to respect the fences when jumping. The open part of the boot, is meant to allow the fence to hit the front of the horses leg if the horse doesn't tuck up properly, so when they do hit the fence, it hurts and they say "oh, I'd better pick my legs up better next time".

That's all Open Fronts are meant to do.

Polo Wraps - I'm not a big fan of these at all - can you use Splint Boots? I prefer the two choices you've mentioned.

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post #5 of 11 Old 12-04-2010, 04:15 PM
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If you can't walk the horse down a trail without it hurting itself then sell the horse and buy one that is a little more robust.

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post #6 of 11 Old 12-04-2010, 04:55 PM
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Splint boots are your best option.
They will help protect the legs if your horse were to knock herself.
However, none will provide the support you are seeking.
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post #7 of 11 Old 12-05-2010, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the feedback! I ended up buying a pair of smb 2 boots from a boarder who was selling them. They fit her great and I'm told are the best brand of boots out there? She's a barrel racer and swears by them.
Zoey isn't clumsy but she's young(3 on april 1st) I just got her and wanted to make sure she had the proper support while riding. there's nothing intense on the trails its all flat but its through the woods and I'd rather be safe than sorry.
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post #8 of 11 Old 12-05-2010, 08:46 PM
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My filly turns three on April Fools, too!

I'm also buying some SMBs for her this summer. Probably the Elites.
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post #9 of 11 Old 12-05-2010, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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My filly turns three on April Fools, too!

I'm also buying some SMBs for her this summer. Probably the Elites.
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Awe, Hurray for April fools!!
:) I bought the smb II because they were her size, black and $25 in good condition.

So they'll do perfect for now. I don't do anything extreme on her anyway. Just walk/trot
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post #10 of 11 Old 12-06-2010, 08:16 AM
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$25 is a steal.

I cringe when I think about the $140 I'm going to be forking out for mine.
Hopefully they'll go down by the time I buy them.
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