They might help, like wearing a supportive shoe, or a knee brace (for those of us with "trick knees") can do for us, but it won't eliminate the problem. Depending on the exact problem, a boot might be helpful, or it might do sweet nothing. I would first suggest calling your vet to ask his or her opinion on boots, considering your horse's specific problem.
Since horses are so darn big, and there's so much pressure put on a horse's legs during certain phases of each gait, there are those out there that say that boots won't do a darned thing for support. It is not an exact science at this point, and in my very humble opinion, if you have the money to put towards a good set of boots ("good" being the operative word here) it might just be worth it. Your run-of-the-mill $20 splint boots are likely not terribly well made, and therefore are unlikely to offer the type of support you would want.
I personally really like Professional's Choice SMB Elite boots. They can be quite spendy, but they are used in just about any sport for support. There are arguments, again, that a piece of fabric won't do a darn thing for the horse's legs, but in my mind, every little bit helps. Professional's Choice - Protective Gear - SMBE4
I have also heard good things about Pegasus boots: All About Pegasus EquiCare and what we do!
Something like a splint boot, in my mind, wouldn't be enough, nor would a polo wrap.
Best of luck :)
Thanks so much! I will ask my trainer or call the vet before buying them, as I don't want to spend $150 and it turns out that they wont help at all.
What my horse has is.. there is a type of fluid down on her ankle(fetlock), all horses have it as its some sort of fluid that their lower ankle needs. But she has alot more fluid than most horses, causing a lump there. She has more fluid, because her ankle needs more as it is more stressed and worn.
I really like the professional's choice boots you posted, those are extremely nice!
Also, the vet was going to get our farrier to put shoes on that on the front, is a rounded edge instead of straight down, so it is more flexible and easier for her.
We are getting the supplement soon, so hopefully that helps!
Do you think that spint boots will help not make it worse? Or, to be more comfortable for her?
I thought it might support her legs more, if she has them on while I am riding..
What do you think?
I think Splint boots will do no difference. I keep splint boots on mine when I ride in arena and the only reason is to prevent the bone from being hit. You may look into something like supportive boots (Pro Choice) rather then splint.
I agree with Kitten_Val. Splint boots aren't really supportive, go with a sports medicine boot. I've never tried the elites that justdressageit posted, but I do have the originals. You can get them a bit cheaper. If you don't want to spend a lot, try out a used pair and see if they even help your mare. Theres a few pairs on ebay now for $20-25 a pair.