I am currently in the process of training my 4 year old Quarter Horse. We are working on lots of different things and I was wondering if I should be using boots to protect his legs. I have been doing alot of research on horse training. I'm not really having any problems with my boy with an exception of barn-sourness but I have read (and seen on the pictures) that I should be using Splint and Bell boots. I have never used them before on any of my horses so I'm not too sure what their purpose is. If someone could explain this..that would be great! I am going to start working with him on the barrel pattern when he is completely finished and I have heard that I will need these boots for that but, should I be using them for training as well?
Also, seeing as I haven't used them before..im not completely sure of how many I need. I have seen pictues where the horses have Splint boots on all 4 of their legs and the Bell boots on just their front legs. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
(Sorry if this is a little scattered. I'm getting over the flu.)