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    04-22-2011, 07:50 PM
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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    04-22-2011, 07:54 PM
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.
    04-22-2011, 07:59 PM
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....
    04-22-2011, 08:06 PM
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....
    04-22-2011, 08:39 PM
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.
    04-22-2011, 09:10 PM
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 :)
    04-23-2011, 08:40 AM
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.
    04-23-2011, 02:16 PM
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
    04-23-2011, 10:09 PM
Hmm alrighty. Thanks :)
    04-23-2011, 10:18 PM
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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