Is there any reason to believe that an older horse (who doesn't interfere at all) would benefit from the additional support SMB's can provide?
I'm just wondering because, yknow, I want to treat Lacey as well as possible and if SMB's would help her be comfortable for longer, I'm all for that.
Currently we're doing the majority of our riding on really hard surfaces: asphalt, crushed gravel, gravel, leaf covered crushed gravel, etc. We only walk on asphalt and we do all gaits on the gravel-ish surfaces.
She's completely fine with this and I give her tons of warm up time. I just worry because the ground is so hard and I worry about it's long-term effect of her.
If SMB's could lessen the impact the ground has on the internal structures of her legs, I don't want to be missing out!