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post #1 of 2 Old 02-22-2013, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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Question Sizing With Support Boots? Opinions on Boots?

I am looking at getting a new pair of sports medicine boots. Currently, I have a pair of Prof. Choice SMB 2's, just front. Fits all my horses, but a lot of dirt/sand get in them.

The horse I am using this year is a 16hh Thoroughbred, and she did fit in my SMB 2's just fine. They were medium (I think thats the most common size). But I am looking into getting Classic Equine Legacy boots. I have looked at the Prof. Choice VenTech Elites and they just don't look like they are made of much, to light, and are going to fall apart. Just by looking. Looking at the Legacy boots they seem tough and are going to hold up to getting used everyday 1-2 times.

When I measured her cannon bone she came up with 8 1/4". This is the border line between Medium and Large. She is also 15.3hh-16hh (depending on how she stands) so that is also the border line. She may be the only horse I use them on this whole year, but I might be working with a big 16hh stocky Paint mare also (I like big, tall horses). But I don't know, and I might be working with smaller horses to. I really don't know.

Should I round down and go with Medium? Or should I round up to large?
My medium Prof. Choice give her plenty of room and fit nice (I can get a pic of them on her).

I just don't want to spend a ton on boots and I can only use them for one horse.

Also opinions on the legacy boots? Or any others?

My plan this summer is using them for working on pleasure, trail riding, games. We just found out this TB might have hock issues and the vet suggested always having support boots on to help her.

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post #2 of 2 Old 02-22-2013, 08:16 PM
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To be frank, no boots of the lower limbs will support the hock, nor the tendons/joints of the lower limb. To offer *any* kind if support you will need to fasten the boots so tightly that they cut off blood supply - which defeats the purpose. I put brushing boots and over reach boots on my horse to avoid knocks and scrapes.
To protect the joints/tendons it is a matter of being careful about the surfaces you ride on, warming up and cooling down efficiently, ensuring that you are not working the horse to exhaustion beyond his fitness capabilities and finally ensuring that the limbs are managed appropriately after work and in a dietary manner.

Boots can't replace good management.

To avoid the sand issue, I would go with the mediums - boots too large can be hazardous for various reasons.
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