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post #11 of 21 Old 10-23-2013, 09:08 AM
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val View Post
Hmmmmm.... I'm gonna argue here... Good brand galloping boots are pretty far from being cheapest... :)

Agreed...galloping boots are not "cheap" especially a quality pair.

I was more referring to neoprene splint boots that can be purchased for as little as $14.99 and up as "cheap"...

Here, these linked below are splint boots not a galloping boot to me, but are called a "Galloping Boot"...

I tried to edit my post to correct and clarify that statement, but the site will not allow it...

So, smack to the back of my knuckles...

Clarified my comment here as best I can...

My apologies.
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post #12 of 21 Old 10-23-2013, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by horselovinguy View Post
Here, these linked below are splint boots not a galloping boot to me, but are called a "Galloping Boot"...
Lol! I was just picking on you. I do understand you were talking about cheap ones.

I think splint = galloping = brush (?) boots (at least from what I've seen in stores). Not sure why there are so many names for basically same thing.

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So, my experience can chip in too!
Lets start with the most common - jumping boots. These are usually Tendon boots and fetlock boots. They are soft on the inside, can be lined with sheep skin, usually velcro for closing, but can be different straps too. The outside is harder plastic material, it protects the horses leg against hitting the poles and so on. However, I always wondered, why do they not cover the front of the leg - that is what usually hits the pole and it falls. Some explained that it is only tendons that need protecting, however bones can bruise too, but apparently horses learn to lift their legs if they hit them a few times.
These boots are quite often used in flat-work as well, especially for horses who do not go clean, hit their feet together etc. I know a gelding who used to be a trotting noise maker. When he used to trot, and you got him forward enough, you heard the fetlock boots clicking together, his back hoof hitting the front shot etc etc. He was wearing tendon boots, fetlock boots and all 4 bell boots.
Bell boots as explained protect the back side of the hoof, help with not losing shoes, even though some horses still lose them
I know a gelding who used to wear back on track stable bandages, more like wraps with 4 Velcro straps, He had sensitive legs and was living in an outside box, the ground used to freeze in his box, so they decided he needs those. He was a much happier horse after he got them.
I have seen other horses use stable wraps even in summer. Not quite sure why, owners never explained, but we had to put them on for the night mostly. One horse had a bad leg and needed the warmth.
For going outside they used something similar to (at the moment the only I can find) horse work boots or horze prosoft boots - they are a lot softer, warmer material, similar for all 4 legs. We used to put those on for both training for some horses and also going to the paddocks.
Polo wraps - that's a completely another story. Some might use them at every lesson, some just in winter, some dont use them at all. They are most commonly used to help warm up the legs better for work, sometimes for stability, most commonly to wrap up for an injury. I personally use them occasionally on trail rides, they give minimal support but still, if we step wrong somewhere or brush against fallen branches or trees. And they can help in snow to protect against the crust cutting the leg. That is mainly for stabled horses who don't even grow enough fur for winter.

Transport boots - can be used only in chilly weather, in hot summer the legs will basically roast. Some horses will get bandages or tendon boots on for transport in summer instead of the big transport boots.

I think that's all I can chip in with now.
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Thanks for everyone's feedback!! I'm going to start using polo wraps for my flatwork, and the splint/galloping boots for jumping.
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When I hear medicine boots I think SMB (which stands for Sports Medicine Boots). I believe this is just a trademark name for Professional's Choice brand boots. I couldn't honestly tell you if these are any different than splint/brushing/galloping boots.

Boots have their place, but I haven't found a reason to use them on my horse, as he doesn't forge or hit his legs with his hooves. I did buy some polo wraps for him when I took him to a dressage clinic, but only because the last time I audited a clinic every horse was wearing them and I didn't want my horse to look out of place
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OPen fronts - protect from strike through from behind, and brushing (Cherrij) they stay open so the horse knows if its hits a pole and they can pick it up a bit more next time...

Im a booter - My horse wears brusing boots all round and bell boots on the front when schooling flat... she has been know to brush and will over reach...

I always boot when jumping - bell boots again, for Sjing I use open fronts and fetlocks... for XC I use closed front all around

I have both hard shelled and leather open fronts I prefer the hard shell as they are easier to put on faster.... (Velcro)... My XC ones a neoprene style with hard strike points....

I also stud the backs when jumping on grass (XC and Sjing)

I use trucking boots when I truck or bell boots and stable wraps

I dont boot for beach rides or general hacks although I will if Im going out in the evening as I have reflector splint boots.... or if Im going in the forest and likely to be going through denser bush

Note my other horse I dont boot as much - more just for jumping

I have friends who dont boot at all except for XC so its your own choice.... :) but hope that helps
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glad you started this thread, very helpful!
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For jumping I would suggest Open Front Jumping boots, and for flatwork just splint boots (which are apparently also called Galloping boots?)

Admittedly, my splint boots were fairly inexpensive. I'd say in the $20-30 range. My Open Front Jumping Boots were in the $90 range, but totally worth it. It just depends on what your horse needs, based on his step, legs, jump, etcetera.

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Originally Posted by jcraig10 View Post
glad you started this thread, very helpful!
Haha thanks!!

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