I compete in local shows (with reining being my main focus), team sortings, and barrel racing. I'm not insanely competitive or anything but I like to be decently competitive wherever I go
My problem is that there are times when my horse will really slide well when she stops, but immediately after she doesn't want to slide again. I recently went to a clinic and the clinician said that she's burning her hocks when she stops (BTW, this is not the first time I've heard this about my horse). How fast does the horse have to be going/how far do they need to slide for this to be a concern?
I'm considering buying the Pro's Choice SMB II sport boots for her (they seem to be the most highly rated), but I want to make sure that it's a legitimate investment before I do. I've put boots on her before, but it's been a while since I've put boots on her hind end. When I put boots on her front legs, it seems to me like she's more inclined to cross over when she's spinning, side-passing, etc. I'm not sure if this is normal or if I'm just imagining it. But hey, it makes me feel better right?
At any rate, I just need some general advice, opinions, or help from anyone!
Also, just in case this is helpful, she's a 15.5H QH mare. She's really broad-chested and just generally a BIG mare. She's never been terribly athletic (not due to being in bad shape, she's just a little klutzy), but I know for a fact that she can do some pretty awesome slides when she tries.
Thanks again for any help!!