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post #1 of 11 Old 04-22-2011, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Why use horse boots?

I used to use bell boots on my mare cause she'd overreach so I understand that.. but why do ppl use splint boots? When I learned to ride, my boss never told me about horse boots or used em... my friend on the other hand uses em every time she rides :/ so now I'm just lost lol
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-22-2011, 06:54 PM
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Splint boots can be useful. Some horses are pretty good at knocking themselves in the leg with another leg or some other random object. If your horse doesn't have a problem though I don't see the need to use them.
I used splint boots on my anglo-arab when starting him under saddle and I used some support boots when I rode my friends barrel horse, but that's pretty much it.
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post #3 of 11 Old 04-22-2011, 06:59 PM
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If a horse has small cannon bones it can be helpful. Its a supportive thing. I used them on my arab when I was younger to help support him but I now have a QH Draft X and I don't use anything like that. It's really just a choice....

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If a horse has small cannon bones it can be helpful. Its a supportive thing. I used them on my arab when I was younger to help support him but I now have a QH Draft X and I don't use anything like that. It's really just a choice....

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Splint boots can also help avoid injuries from overreaching, interference, or flying debris / bad ground. Some types are also designed to support the soft tissues of the leg, such as the Iconoclast boots, which help to prevent hyperextension of the tendons and ligaments.
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-22-2011, 08:10 PM
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What they said ^^
I don't use them on my bomb-proof gelding unless on trails or going over jumps. But with my last mare (who was sassy and sometime overreached) and on the baby I will use them pretty much every ride. Also, if you use polo wraps the colors can be really fun :)

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post #7 of 11 Old 04-23-2011, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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hmm ok.. well I'm going to be working and training a two year old.. should I used boots on her? And which ones would you suggest?
P.s. I'm not going to overwork her, I don't want to hurt her.. I was just thinkin' it might be a good idea.
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-23-2011, 01:16 PM
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A good basic for some extra protection is one like this:

You can find them at Dover.
Or you can go for the soft version that is a bit less expensive, and easier to keep clean. (plus it comes in fun colors)


This can also be found at Dover (both shown are Professional Choice brand).
I personally prefer the latter because it is easier to fit to each horse's legs, and if you buy Pegasus brand (what I have) it's one-size-fits-all. Though they say the former type gives more protection because it is thicker and more shock absorbing. Generally speaking, english disciplines use more fleece-lined and western use the cloth ones. It's pretty much a personal choice based on what you can afford and what look you like best

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post #9 of 11 Old 04-23-2011, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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hmm alrighty. Thanks :)
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post #10 of 11 Old 04-23-2011, 09:18 PM
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I have never bothered with boots before, but my trainer requires that all horses are booted or wrapped for lessons, and now I'm getting into the habit of it.
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