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post #1 of 14 Old 09-22-2009, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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SMB's ? Any good?

I am thinking about getting a pair of SMBs. They aren't the newest version but they are new so they're on clearance. Are they ok for cross disciplines and training?

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SMBs are very good for protecting the front legs when jumping or from overreach, but they provide very minimal to no support to tendons, etc. despite popular belief. I love them, personally, as they are much quicker to apply than polo wraps (especially getting ready for a trail ride) and you don't have to worry about applying them wrong (ie. Wrapping the wrong way and causing possible damage to tendons). Also, they are good for trail riding as you can take them off quickly when you stop for a rest or a drink. I use them whenever I ride. =)

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Barn where I ride sometime use them on all 4. :)
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Hmm... how do I know if I need tendon support? Carolina has on occasion overreached and she has a pretty decent scar on her left front from it.

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Hmm... how do I know if I need tendon support?
What exactly are you doing with her?
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Not the Olympics LOL!!! At the moment just basic flatwork, some jumping and dressage lessons. But we'll be getting into eventing as soon as possible.

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For jumping I'd get the front ones at least. For flat/dressage I don't think you need any...
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Ok, so here is my opinion :) lol

SMB are the CHEAPEST insurance every- look at Discounthorse.com they have them cheap- I use then almost on every ride with my horses on flat, trail, arena work, ext.

For jumping I would use:
Wanting to spend a little more
Veredus Aerox Splint Boots Horse Boots Horse Equipment Stable HorseLoverZ.com
And
Veredus Aerox Back Ankle Boot Horse Boots Horse Equipment Stable HorseLoverZ.com

Or on a budget (I have 2 sets of these one in black and one in white and LOVE them)
ROMA Open Front Jump Boots Horse Boots Horse Equipment Stable HorseLoverZ.com
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Roma Fetlock Boots Horse Boots Horse Equipment Stable HorseLoverZ.com

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Hmm... how do I know if I need tendon support? Carolina has on occasion overreached and she has a pretty decent scar on her left front from it.
Over-reaching is more effectively protected against by bell boots. It would be a pretty dextrous horse who over-reached anough to injure themselves in the area a sport boot covers!

Sport boots are designed and marketed as 1. Protection from knocks and scrapes. 2. Tendon support.

I think the whole tendon support thing is hooey. They aren't custom fitted to your horses leg, they aren't tight enough to effectively support similar to a human strapping a knee/wrist. The only reason I ever use them is for polocrosse, as they are compulsory, and also because of the high liklihood of your horse being stepped on/knocked by another.

For everything else? I ride MG, campdrafting, sporting, working classes, and don't use them. Horses have pretty goo natural tendon support, they put their bodies through a lot of strain even in the paddock, and normally come out ok. I think Sport bootsare uncomfortable, they over-heat the tendons...

It's personal preference, but I don't use them unless I have to. I know that I wouldn't like my legs baking inside neoprene on a hot day!

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LOL yeh Carolina isn't that motivated! I thought about bell boots, but don't want the ones I have to pull on. Any reviews on the modern kind?

Since the SMBs are only $25, I'm going to try them out, I'm also going to order a full set of those Roma's. Thanks Karley for pointing them out for me!

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