Sorry to take over your thread, Ale. I have a question for horselovinguy. My mare is in training for jumping. She has an old injury on her left hind leg, but has been declared sound by every vet that's ever looked at her. In the 5 years I've had her, and all the crazy mountain climbing we've done, she's never been lame on that leg and never had a problem. My jumping instructor has watched her and not seen any problem. The only way you know the injury was even there is that she has scar tissue from it which you can feel on the leg. Today we were practicing and due to various reasons and because we are both still learning, she crashed through the jump, took out two wooden poles and the tires I was using as standards. I checked her over thoroughly and lunged her to see if she was having any problems, and there were none at all. Then I got back on and put her through walk, trot, and canter, and still no problems. We ended the session with successfully clearing the same jump. Still not lame.
Do you think boots are not needed for a horse like this who will be competing in jumping in the future? I'm curious because the first time I had a lesson with my jumping instructor I was putting polo wraps on her and he told me I don't have to wrap her legs if I usually don't. My worry is that as we jump higher putting too much stress on her legs, but I get what your saying about training the entire horse.