So, as a lot of you are probably aware, my old lady mare is heading down the downhill road towards blindness due to ERU.
That has led me to get her some leg protection because, at this point in her sight loss, she has a hard time judging distances, trips rather often, etc, (mostly blind in one eye with a bit more vision in the other eye) and therefore she's pretty at risk for doing some damage to herself before she even knew what happened.
I watch out for her and alert her when I see something that could pose a danger (we have words describing pretty much every scenario we might come across) but there are times when unassuming things pose more of a threat than I realize+she has to scramble a bit to get herself in order.
I'm still riding her quite often (we average about 20 miles on the trail/week) so, while she wears bell boots on all 4 when she's on her own time in the pasture, she needs more for the trail since that's a bit more high risk than just her pasture.
I have been just sticking SMBs on all her legs for our rides but I am a little concerned about how warm they allow her legs to get - her legs will be sweating profusely under them in just 15-20 minutes (even before any saddle sweat shows up!) and we usually are riding for upwards of 45 minutes.
So, I'm wondering if polos would offer a similar level of protection that I'm getting with the SMBs (I assume polos would keep her legs cooler...)....?
I don't really use the SMBs for support purposes, just for all around leg protection (if I wasn't needing to protect her entire leg, I'd just use splint boots or something similar).