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post #1 of 21 Old 02-10-2012, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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what leg protection would be best for my horse?

My horse is getting a little older while also being an active lesson horse 2-3 days a week jumping. I would like to give him a little leg protection, but I'm not sure what is best. He doesn't jump over 2'3, and rarely even that high. He has arthritis in his hocks that he's able to work out and be comfortable after warming up, and I don't want something that will restrict any movement. When I mentioned SMBs to the BO she said he wouldn't have quite the range of movement he needs. Opinions?
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post #2 of 21 Old 02-10-2012, 02:01 PM
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I have a similar thread open about leg protection. I'm not sure but my trainer has said the same thing about SMBs - they impede movement. She refuses to use them at all. I don't have an opinion on them either way since I have never used them.

I will be interested in your responses.

As a side note, do you have him on supplements?
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post #3 of 21 Old 02-10-2012, 03:01 PM
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The SMB Elites, are very low profile, and with the height no higher than 2'3, he shouldn't have a problem with movement.
You could just polo wrap him as well.

No boot will take all the impact away. It'll help, but his legs will still take quite a blow from landing. Like I said though, the Elites are very fitted. I've seen them used in the dressage and jumping rings for schooling with no complaints.

I use the Legacy boots on the fronts, and even as bulky as they are, I've never felt they affected his movement.

I have had my seniors on SmartFlex senior for awhile now, and they certainly have improved off of it. Side thought....

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I really like polo wraps. I can customize the wrap to support the areas in need for each horse. Or, do a traditional wrap just to protect the lower leg from mallet and ball hits if there are no other issues.

But, if the arthritis is in his hocks what are you hoping to achieve by wrapping or putting boots on the lower leg?
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If I was jumping I would put Classic Equine Legacy boots on all four legs. I never felt like they constrict any movement. I'm not a jumper though. I just jump whatever is around for the fun of it.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #6 of 21 Old 02-10-2012, 03:34 PM
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No boot or wrap is going to provide any support whatsoever.
The biggest consideration when selecting a boot is to find something that will not trap heat, while providing protection. The new "concern" in booting horses is the trapped heat causing tendons and ligaments to deteriorate. I use polos with climatex. For boots I like EcoGold or coolmax. Anything that will protect while promoting air circulation and pull heat away from the leg is your best bet.

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post #7 of 21 Old 02-10-2012, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the responses! I do have him on SmartMSM for his joints but was curious to see if there was anything I do to offer more support to mainly his front legs while jumping.
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post #8 of 21 Old 02-11-2012, 02:16 PM
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I've seen hoof boots that have pads you can buy for them, maybe the hoof boots and pads would help with the impact on the legs that comes with jumping. If you're horse has arthritis you may want to look for a joint supplement that also has glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and hyaluronic acid in addition to msm, and give your horse more support from the inside.
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post #9 of 21 Old 02-11-2012, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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He can't have glucosamine- possible cushiness/IR horse :/ he is getting MSM though, so I'm hoping to start seeing an improvement from that. I wasn't expecting any boot to help that, but just to protect his leg in any way possible many of the girls I ride with use SMBs or splint boots. Some will use polos every now and then, but I'd be afraid of not wrapping them correctly, although I do know how I am supposed to.. I'm paranoid.
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I like SMB Elites and the Equine Legacy. My horse has a yucky front leg, I switch back and forth between all my boots (saddle pad and boots must match :p) lol, but I find that both give great support!

I think someone else suggested a supplement too, I would highly suggest it (if your horse is not already on one).

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