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    08-19-2011, 11:20 AM
What are the different boots used for and how do you choose?

Hi! I currently do not use any boots on Gem, but all the pictures and vidoes I see always have boots of some type on at least the front legs and I want to make sure I am not missing a vital piece of tack for her. I ride her about 3 days a week working on flat work (w/t/c, lateral work to the extent that I am capable of which isn't much right now, lots of transitions and circles/serpintines etc) with some days of light jumping (trot to the jumps and canter out, cross rails set to 2 ft, 1 and 2 foot verticles, and cavaletti) and we trail ride as much as possible. My old trainer before I moved said if I went any higher she woud show me how to use polo wraps, but then I moved and haven't really been able to hook up with a good trainer around here who can adapt to my horrible work schedule. I know it is asking a lot, but maybe just a quick review on the different types of boots and their purpose or just point me to a previous thread about it?? I'm not sure if their is one already in the archives. Thanks a lot!!!
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    08-20-2011, 02:37 PM
I use the professional's choice elite and I love them. They give support and contour to the horse's legs. But I do mounted archery and trail riding.
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    08-20-2011, 04:12 PM
Splints, or galloping boots, whatever you choose to call them- protect from straight blows to the leg. Blows such as hitting a jump pole, or simply nocking their own leg with another during lateral movements.
I have the Heidi galloping boots, and I hear really good things about the Woof Wear boots.

Open fronts-They're most commonly used by show jumpers, although I find them as a good overall flatting boot as well. Protect all around, except for the front. If a horse hits a jump pole straight on, there's not much protection to the front of the cannon.
Eskadron open fronts are what I'm getting. I hear Roma's are just as adequate for a much better price.

Fetlock or ankle boots- Go around the hind fetlock. Much shorter, and don't cover the cannon.

Brushing boots- Ehh, basically in the same line as galloping or splint boots.

Bell boots-Protect the heals for horses that tend to over reach.

SMB (sports medicine boots)-Cover the cannon, and cup around the fetlock, adding more cushion to the lower tendons. Not the amount of support they are advertised, but they do protect a wider range.
A lot of reiners, cutters, trail riders, those kind of people use them, since there's a lot of low to the ground leg action where they can easily knock themselves. It isn't limited to those sports though, and do make a good overall schooling boot to have. I have the Classic Equine Legacy boots.

Where I show boots aren't allowed, but I pretty much always use them for
Schooling. Personal preference, I just feel better when they have boots on.

Polo's basically do the same as all the listed above (except for the bell boots of course), but I just worry about them staying fasted properly for the entire duration of a ride. Boots, just line them up, fasten the velcro/buckles, and I don't ever worry about them. It's important to keep an even pressure with boots, and that can get hard to do with polos until you get really good with them.
    08-20-2011, 11:37 PM
Thank you so much DejaVu! That's a great summary. I think I may pick up a good pair of SMB boots for schooling and trail riding with Gem. It will give her some added protection.
    08-21-2011, 01:09 AM
I've had polos come undone on my spooky gelding and it turned into a bloody rodeo. Scared the crap out of me.
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    08-21-2011, 01:10 AM
And SMBs are pretty expensive, but totally worth it.
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    08-21-2011, 01:43 AM
I have a pair of SMB-3 and SMB ventech elites and I love them!!
    08-21-2011, 01:46 AM
Also worth mentioning that the SMB's have a 30 day money back guarantee and one yr warranty. Haven't had to use either, but it seems they stand behind their products.
    08-21-2011, 01:56 AM
The elites rock
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    08-21-2011, 07:01 AM
I use either front tendon boots or brushing boots depending if im jumping ir doing fast work.
For jumping I use tendon boots as she has been known to throw in a small stride and catch herself so for my piece of mind she is booted.
I then use overreach boots as she has a very foreward track so has cut herself.
I also use hind brushing or fetlock boots again depending on the work and just as piece of mind

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