What Protective Horse Boot Provides The Best Protection?
I want to make sure my horse is safer from any tendon or ligament injuries as we start working a bit harder. I've seen lots of people use polo wraps or professional choice SMBs but which boot or wrap has the most protection for the horse's leg? I ride primarily in an arena, but sometimes out on trails and we show western pleasure. Price isn't something I'm too worried about, but I don't want to spend a fortune. I know that proper warm up and cool down are important to reduce injuries but I want to take the prevention one step further.
I ride a horse that's a TB/paint cross. I've been helping in training her for western pleasure along side a trainer and her leasers. She's hyper and the most mare-ish horse I have ever met in my life; high maintenance. She was ridden in a wonder gag bit since she got her two years ago except in shows where she wore a pretty long shanked curb. I can ride her primarily with seat and leg but her leasers don't know how and don't really want to learn. I've recently convinced her owner to put her into a full cheek snaffle because she chomps on the bit so much and is just too fidgety. She's really softened up a lot and understands how to do everything in the full cheek but she HATES it. I've had multiple people tell me that she hates the bit, so it's not just me. She just has an over active mouth. I've tried a mylar with a roller in the middle and didn't see any difference and I don't want to go back to a shanked bit with her. She could use something with a little more "bite" because she sometimes decides that the bit isn't there but she's fine in something softer. Does anyone have any ideas on a bit I could try for her for everyday riding? She will go back to her show bit during show season but I want to have a good bit to ride her in on the off-season. We've had her in the mylar (eggbutt, level 2), full cheek, regular eggbutt, smooth D-ring, Roller D-ring, O-ring, ported kimberwicks, short shanked low port curb, wonder bit, wider tom thumb, skinnier tom thumb, tom thumb with slobber bar holding the shanks in place, her show bit (medium port, longer shanks), a pretty average simple curb, and I believe she's been in a hackamore as well. The only one she doesn't hate is her show bit. I've been told to try a twisted wire O-ring on her? Or something with a twist and a roller? Or a solid mouthed snaffle? Any ideas?
Thanks for your help :]