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post #11 of 14 Old 06-30-2008, 11:39 PM
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so then, if the SMB boots would weaken the leg, would it be better just to use Polo wraps?
I think it's only if they are used all the time. If you are going to be doing something that you are going to need a very supportive boot then it's fine, but if you don't I wouldn't recommend using them. Like, I don't think you would need them for western pleasure.
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well I really want to train Sonny to be a ranch horse...to be able to help me do work around the stables...like cleaning the trails, pulling down hay bales, and so on....things that I'd need the tractor for (but since I can't drive the tractor it makes it hard).
Also I'd love to teach him some reining (not ALL of it...just some of the cool looking parts of it
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so then, if the SMB boots would weaken the leg, would it be better just to use Polo wraps?
I think it's only if they are used all the time. If you are going to be doing something that you are going to need a very supportive boot then it's fine, but if you don't I wouldn't recommend using them. Like, I don't think you would need them for western pleasure.
depends on if you are going to be training or just riding. When I am training or really working my horse I will always throw them on. There will be added stress to the leg when I am doing circles, quicker stops, lead changes etc... if Im going for a ride down the rode or a easy practice session then I don't put them on...


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I believe that a horse can become dependent on boots to stay sound, so I only put the SMBs on when I'm going to be doing something very strenuous with Cody, or we're working on something new where there's a very good chance he could interfere with himself. I only use the boots 50% of the time at most, and that time is decreasing the older Cody gets (he's three now).
There are pros and cons. The obvious pro is that the boots provide protection. The cons are that your horse needs to learn to place his feet carefully and correctly, and he won't learn that if he never knocks himself. Also, boots don't breath well, and they can cause heat buildup in the leg which can become uncomfortable over an extended period of time. And if dirt or sand gets in between the boot and leg it can be abrasive and uncomfortable. Also, the horses lower leg will not become as resilient to tendon and ligament injuries if boots are used all the time.
Don't get me wrong, I love my boots, but I only use them when I think it's necessary.
And I agree with the above posts. Polos don't offer any significant support to tendons and ligaments, but boots do (if they fit properly).
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