08-06-2009, 08:20 PM
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Sorry, I didn't see your thread.
Have you discussed this pradicament with a Veterinarian? I don't want to recommend a boot that might not be what she needs.
I perosnally use SMB's. I have since they came out and love them. I'm a Low Level Eventer and my horse never goes out on the CC course without them, nor does my horse do stadium without them.
But, I never use them for anything but jumping. When we do Dressage or Hack, we are bare legged....well, he is. Lol.
I love my SMB's because I believe they aid in protecting, preventing and preserving. Now, I've looked at tests done on boots through University Testing and articles written by Veterinarians and the level of support SMB's give is not much more from Polo's or other knock off's.
What I do like about SMB's is that they aid in absorbing shock, because of the Neoprene, which is the key factor - so as the studdies say.
They are made with 3 layers of the shock absorbing material, which they state protects the ligaments and muscles, I have yet to see studdies that state otherwise.
I know of MANY Reiners who use them, and MANY Barrel Racers and I even see many Endurance Racers use them.
I wouldn't leave these boots on for any longer than 2 hours due to how thick they are. They don't breathe well.
There are different models of SMB's. The SMB II's are longer - meaning they cover more from knee to ankle. This type I see used mostly by Western Folk. This type I know allows dirt to enter into the boot, but it is minimal.
Then there are the SMB Elites, where they are shorter in length, allowing more ankle room for the horse or ankle flexion and now they have an even newer model out.
I have a pair of the Elites and the SMB II's.