02-16-2009, 08:28 PM
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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.