Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
If your horse cannot take Neoprene, that's fine. There are many horses out there who are actually alergic to it - if fleece is what works for you, then so be it :)
The reason why you see many Eventing Boots now being lined with Neoprene, is because of studdies that have been done throughout the past on horses who jump. What the studdies show, is that when our horses come off of a fence, especially during Eenting, that a lot of shock goes through the hoof, into the leg, up to the shoulder, and that shock/impaction wears and tears our horses joints and aids in the breaking down of, over time.
A horse only has so much jump in them.
So during these studdies, neoprene has been shown to help in the absorption of this shock that our horses front legs take, when landing off of a fence. It doesn't take it all, but it does take some. The neoprene helps absorb some of that shock, taking it away from the legs.
So that's why we see so many boots now, lined with Neorene. Woofs, Eskadron, Thinline and their material, Davis Boots, SMB's, SMB knock off's, Nun Finer, T-Boots with their T-Foam Technology, etc, etc, etc.
Now, what also is very popular, you may of already heard of or seen, are Shock Absorbing Pads, that are put on the hooves of the horse. I'd like to give those a shot sometime.