There are many threads about this same topic....... polo wraps vs SMB what leg protection would be best for my horse? Splint Boots vs Polo Wraps What are the different boots used for and how do you choose?
And those are only a few
I do not know how may replies you will get about this topic I think most are sick of repeating themselves.
Most important thing is get what you feel will offer your horse the most support for whatever you are doing with your horse and the proper use of the protection provided.
I prefer boots over polos any day just because it is so easy to wrap polos incorrectly and you will end up causing more harm then good, so boots leave less room for error.
My all time favorite boots are the Legacy Boots by Classic Equine
, they offer the support where it is need most, they are contoured but not too formed like I feel the Professionals Choice Elite boots
or any other Professionals Choice boots
are, the velcro is heavy duty and last long, they do not seem to collect as mush dirt as any other boots I have or have used because I can get more of a custom fit on different horses because of the material they are made out of, I also really like the rough out patch on the back side the helps protect those more sensitive areas. I also really like the Pegasus XT boots
and the Pegasus Airboots
I own a pair of professionals choice boots and they have lasted a long time I just find myself reaching for my classic equine boots every time and prefer them over the others.
As far as bell boots go, I LOVE the Justine bells boots. Like drum said they have discontinued these so I will be stocking up as well. I use other bell boots but none last longer then the Justine bell boots.....although these bells boots by Pegasus look a lot like the Justine bell boots so I may just have to check these out --> Pegasus Platinum Bell Boots
As you can see, everyone has different opinions on what the best option is for protective wear.....me and drum ride together and we have different preferences in brand of protective boots but like the same bells boots.
My best advise to you is to look at the boots in person, touch them and play around with them before purchasing them. I also recommend you stay away from anything other then Classic Equine, Professionals Choice, Pegasus, and Iconoclast brand boots....just because I have not heard good things on the other cheaper brands out there.
Also, Drum in ref to this comment
"I would like to try out the Iconoclaust boots but I haven't had a chance to see them in person and I'm not going to buy a pair without seeing and feeling the boot itself first..and another user on the forum has mentioned that those boots were recommended for horses with previous injury to their leg.
I think this user may have gotten confused with the other boots this brand has called Iconoclast Rehabilitation Boot
.....their other/regular boot is Iconoclast Orthopedic Support Boot