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post #1 of 9 Old 03-11-2013, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Wrapping legs

Hey everyone,
I want to getollo used to the idea of wearing wraps or boots on his feet. I read somewhere it can be bad to do this..
I just want to get advice is it okay to have him wear them while I'm doing groundwork?

Also what sort of boots or wraps should I get when we start to take dressage lessons?
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-11-2013, 06:44 PM
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By feet do you mean legs or hooves?
If you don't know how to wrap, don't.
You can buy good easy to use boots to prevent knocks. Wraps can be time consuming not to mention terribly dangerous for tendons if you wrap incorrectly with uneven pressure.
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I used to put on wraps for all my lessons, (way back in the day) but I was taught the correct way. It's not self evident.
Later I bought and used SMB boots. Now, I use nothing.

The SMB boots



Seem to be a good choice for work like round penning, where the horse might clip himself. They are said to offer some support to the tendons and such, but that is not proven. Once your horse is ridden regularly, he should develop strong enough tendons to not need boots. But, for rough play , they can be nice.

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By feet do you mean legs or hooves?
If you don't know how to wrap, don't.
You can buy good easy to use boots to prevent knocks. Wraps can be time consuming not to mention terribly dangerous for tendons if you wrap incorrectly with uneven pressure.
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I do know how to wrap, I just never did because it was time consuming. I used little hoof bells when I barrel raced, but only on his from hooves because he clipped himself once (different horse). What brand of boots I've seen so many...
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Thanks Tiny,

Another question..

Is there a chance I wouldn't even need them? I just notice that all the horses I see doing dressage have some sort of boot on. I'm still a ways off from doing dressage training, I just like to keep my eyes peeled for things I may need later on, that may be a good price.
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By feet do you mean legs or hooves?
If you don't know how to wrap, don't.
You can buy good easy to use boots to prevent knocks. Wraps can be time consuming not to mention terribly dangerous for tendons if you wrap incorrectly with uneven pressure.
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I meant legs... I don't know why I said feet. Haha
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I always boot my dressage horse up for training, he wears bell boots and brushing boots all round. This is not up support the structures if the limbs (you would need to bandage so tight that the blood supply would be affected, to offer any support to the tendons), but to simply protect the limbs from knocks and bumps, especially when training lateral work. Ideally the horse would remain in such balance that it would not knock its legs, but in training this is not always possible.
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I always boot my dressage horse up for training, he wears bell boots and brushing boots all round. This is not up support the structures if the limbs (you would need to bandage so tight that the blood supply would be affected, to offer any support to the tendons), but to simply protect the limbs from knocks and bumps, especially when training lateral work. Ideally the horse would remain in such balance that it would not knock its legs, but in training this is not always possible.
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Thank you Kayty. :)
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post #9 of 9 Old 03-11-2013, 09:41 PM
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I agree with Kayty. Everything she said goes for western riding too. And id just like to add that I love to watch the horses 1st time walk with combo boots, like a cat when you put tape on its feet. Not that I've ever done that before
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