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    02-15-2009, 09:40 PM
Question Splint boots

I know you can over use support boots like SMBs. It weakens the leg and when you take it off you have a higher chance of the horse injuring itself.

So I was wondering if the same thing could happen with splint boots? If it could weaken the leg in anyway since it only protects and not supports?
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    02-15-2009, 10:26 PM
Green Broke
No, I don't think so. Splint boots just protect, they don't offer support. I really don't like SMBs anyway
    02-15-2009, 10:47 PM
That's the same thing I was thinking. Just wanted a second opinion thanks!
    02-15-2009, 10:58 PM
Splint boots protect, not support. Remember the straps face the toward the back of the horse.

I don't like SMB either. Nor polos. Polos absorb water and can fall off.
    02-16-2009, 08:17 AM
Green Broke
I do like polos for when im working on the flat
    02-16-2009, 12:57 PM
Green Broke
Splint boots and polo wraps are safe to use all the time, though they're really only needed if your horse interferes or you're jumping. I leave my horses nekkid for 90% of our rides.
    02-16-2009, 07:38 PM
Splint boots are safe for all the time.
Polos are not.

Reason: Polos can absorb water and stretch. They then can fall around your horses pasterns/fetlocks (ankle area). You could use them during flat, but I would never use them on trail rides or cross country where they could absorb water.
    02-16-2009, 09:14 PM
Thanks for the info everyone!

I do have SMBs but its very rare that i'll use them. And I will never use any boots on a trail ride.
    02-16-2009, 09:28 PM
I don't know where the rumor started about SMB's causing damage when taken off their horses legs? What??

I use SMB's, they are the only boots I will use. Why? Because they protect and prevent.

I am an Eventer, and I wont leave home without mine. When jumping, your horses joints and ligaments take so much shock, wear and tear - why not protect?

I like SMB's because they help to prevent as well. They also absorb the shock from landing due to the material they are made of.

Now - can you over use them? Of course you can. Why use them when you do flat work? Why use them when you hack?

Your horse builds up the necessary muscle tone, strength, conditioning via playing out in pasture. While doing dressage/flat work. While hacking. Using the boots for a run around barrels or using them for cutting or for a reining session or a jumping lesson, is not going to cause any damage what-so-ever.

They are highly popular and used by many riders out there in all aspects of the riding world. Barrels, Reining, Cutting, Penning, Jumping, Eventing.

I use SMB's ALLOT. Whenever I know I am going over fences, I protect my horses legs. I use them only when I jump, nothing more, nothing less.

And NEVER have I ever had any issues with my horses by using them. They are very popular with the Eventers in my area, Hunter/Jumpers as well.

Polo Wraps are not good for jumping. They are too thin, and do not protect from knocks, knicks, bangs. Nor do they aborb shock. They do support, but that's about it.

I would use Splint boots far before Polo Wraps.

I like the Elites over the SMBII's personally. When used properly, they aid.

There is a CIC*** and CCI*** Eventer who uses them all the time, she lives down the road and trains in Florida. There is an A Circuit Hunter/Jumper barn who's trainer is from Germany and he competes GP level who uses them all the time. He even turns out his German Warmblood Stallion out with them on. Fox Hunters here use them on their rides, as well as Hunter/Jumper when shcooling at home.

I use mine over stadium, over CC. Schooling or Comps. Nothing more, nothing less. I school on the flat with nothing, and I hack *which consists of 80% of my riding* with no boots on.
    02-16-2009, 09:33 PM
SMB's are made for flat work and dressage only, they are not made for jumping they interfere with the movement of the fetlock.
I use smb's for dressage, flat work and road riding and most hacking cause I usually don't go threw water when I hack, I use open fronts for jumping over show jumps, and I either bandage or use XC boots for xc riding.

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