Originally Posted by GrittyCowgirl
I always use shipping boots no matter how short the drive. I learned my lesson a few years ago about not wrapping or protecting their legs. All it takes is one bad driver on the road, one person to cut you off in traffic that causes your horses to step on themselves trying to keep their balance. I ended up with a hurt horse, huge vet bill and having to miss several shows because of it.
Same here. When I was younger my family never wrapped and on the way to a show my mare lost her balance and raked one barefoot hoof down the inside of the opposite leg. Nasty injury + getting backside chewed out by the vet + lost show time = five extra minutes to boot up or wrap.
Better safe than injured.
Also, having traveled to shows with large stables and the narrow misses on the roadways or the need to slam on the brakes to avoid a dumb driver have happened so many times that without the boots the show horses would have gotten really hurt.
To me the injury potential is just not worth it when boots or wraps aren't really all that hard, time consuming, or expensive.