So for four years, Leia has jumped successfully without shoes or splint boots. She's never been lame or sore because of it and jumps easily and smoothly over 3'. But if I were to make 3' a regular height for her, maybe higher, should I start using splint boots and put shoes on her? I understand shoes help, although her feet are fine, I'd rather be safe than sorry. But Do splint boots do anything, really? And if she's been fine so far, would I be fine to keep going barefoot and boot-less?
All opinions and suggestions are greatly appreciated :)
Here are pics of her jumping:
Also, how high do you think she could safely clear? Like what do you think her limit might be? She easily cleared 3' the few times I tried it and I show her at 2'6" and 2'9" and she steps over that height. My trainer (also a vet) says I shouldnt push anything past 2'6" (so she wont become lame later) but almost everyone else (not vets) I ask say she looks like she could definitely jump higher. What do you guys think?