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        02-14-2013, 12:28 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I don't use anything on my horses- Not once have I had an injury from it. Hell when Pepper was cutting (before me) they never hauled her with boots either and she has been around the block a time or two..

    I have always heard that you should not haul in smb, legacy or the like "performance" boots because they trap heat (when I bought my legacy boots there was even a warning about it)..And when I use mine they are put on for my run (say if I am sorting) and then pulled right back off (unless its winter and super cold, then I fell can get away with a bit more time).

    What do you guys do about that or do you just not haul that far??
         
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        02-14-2013, 12:32 PM
      #12
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by beau159    
    Anything longer than that and my horses get no-bow wraps with standing wraps and bell boots to help give a little more support on longer hauls.

    One thing to keep in mind is that SMBs should never be left on a horse legs for more than 2 to 3 hours, as they build up heat around the leg which is damaging to the tendons and ligaments. So if you haul longer than that, best to just keep them off.
    Couldn't agree with this more, forgot to mention that. Most hauls aren't too long for me. My guy is just young and at this point I don't trust the shipping boots. My hauls at least now are tops 45 minutes and that's with traffic. Now anything more than that I do wrap for support on the longer hauls, and SMBs are definitley way too hot for that long, I wouldn't advise it any longer most do have the warning! Same thing as Beau for the extreme hauls! Better to be safe than sorry.
         
        02-14-2013, 12:33 PM
      #13
    Started
    Originally I never put anything on her
    Then I decided since she danced to do the SMBS/polos
    I don't think we've been trailed anywhere that was 2 hours.
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        02-14-2013, 12:51 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Any sport boot is too hot for shipping. Your horses legs are going to over heat and its not pretty, it can cause long term damage.

    Those who use wraps for long hauls, keep in mind the same thing can happen. Legs can over heat. Also they will start to slip. Most shipping companies do not allow any wraps for long hauls, especially over night. If you are worried about protection for long hauls and don't want boots(which btw are much better for long hauls) use just bell boots.

    I love shipping boots but I will only use the ones that are the stiff ones and cover hocks and knees and have the rubber liner at the bottom around the ball of the heel.

    Whatever you use, make sure you put tape over the velcro.
         
        02-14-2013, 01:13 PM
      #15
    Super Moderator
    I use Pegasus airboots, they're ventilated so the legs seem to be able to breath - I've never seen any signs of sweaty or hot legs with them which you seem to get with other makes. The velcro is ferocious though
    We don't do long haul - just to local trails and they then get ridden in the same boots they've travelled in
    In the UK nothing is ever more than a few hours away - luxury of living on a small island!!! I used to use a wrap over light padding there with tape over the fastening if we were going to shows
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        02-14-2013, 01:19 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by jaydee    
    I use Pegasus airboots, they're ventilated so the legs seem to be able to breath - I've never seen any signs of sweaty or hot legs with them which you seem to get with other makes. The velcro is ferocious though
    We don't do long haul - just to local trails and they then get ridden in the same boots they've travelled in
    In the UK nothing is ever more than a few hours away - luxury of living on a small island!!! I used to use a wrap over light padding there with tape over the fastening if we were going to shows
    Pegasus Airboots are great. I thought you meant the actual SMB boots. They over heat horses legs horribly.
         
        02-14-2013, 01:23 PM
      #17
    Started
    How do you measure horses for SMBS and other boots like that?
    My current ones have no size on them, and I'd like to know how.
    I had medium splint boots that were too small, and the large was too big.
    I'm assuming those sizes would bw similar
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        02-14-2013, 01:36 PM
      #18
    Super Moderator
    The Pegasus are sold as 'one size fits all' and that seems to work for all of ours - though we don't have any ultra spindly legs or ultra hefty ones!!!
         
        02-14-2013, 01:38 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by jaydee    
    The Pegasus are sold as 'one size fits all' and that seems to work for all of ours - though we don't have any ultra spindly legs or ultra hefty ones!!!
    I have been itching to buy the airboots... you may have just finally convinced me. How are they going through water and stuff?
         
        02-14-2013, 01:49 PM
      #20
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    Originally Posted by NBEventer    
    I have been itching to buy the airboots... you may have just finally convinced me. How are they going through water and stuff?
    I was surprised at how well they dried out - we go through rivers (or in Loobys case - we leap through rivers) and that did worry me but they seemed to stand up to it OK.
    I always hunted in good quality leather boots (the horse) that had a light padding and they would travel there and back and go a whole day with no rubs or problems and we'd be in deep mud for a lot of the time so I'd thought about going back to those.
         

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