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post #1 of 6 Old 04-11-2012, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Starting jumping, a question about boots

I've recently started jumping my 15HH QH gelding, he's doing very well and has jumped over cavalletti and even a few small standard jumps; However im worried about his feet, he's knocked his front and back feet a few times and I don't want him to hurt any of his tendons. What boots would you suggest for him? I was thinking about the professionals choice SMB elite's just to stop some of that impact he's getting. Are any of you using boots? If so what would you recommend?
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-11-2012, 10:43 PM
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my guy goes in polos and bells in front. He will pull a shoe from time to time, but he's not much one for rubbing/pulling rails. You could always try open fronts as well... but they tend to be more expensive. Which is why I ride in polos. Haha! They're always super cheap and easy to keep clean.
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personally, if I were you and my horse was hitting such low obstacles, I would keep the boots off. It sounds like he's either very unbalanced and not ready for what you are asking him, or very lazy. When the jumps are still low I prefer to ride without boots so they hit the poles a couple times and realize they want to be snappy and not hit their feet.

As far as smbs, I really don't like them at all. They get pretty hot which can damage their tendons and ligaments. They also don't have a hard outter shell or strike pad so it doesnt protect that much if they hit their hoof on their leg. Polos also provide zero protection. For a jumping boot I like a stirke pad on them. I really like woof boots.
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personally, if I were you and my horse was hitting such low obstacles, I would keep the boots off. It sounds like he's either very unbalanced and not ready for what you are asking him, or very lazy. When the jumps are still low I prefer to ride without boots so they hit the poles a couple times and realize they want to be snappy and not hit their feet.

As far as smbs, I really don't like them at all. They get pretty hot which can damage their tendons and ligaments. They also don't have a hard outter shell or strike pad so it doesnt protect that much if they hit their hoof on their leg. Polos also provide zero protection. For a jumping boot I like a stirke pad on them. I really like woof boots.
I agree with most of this however i'm not exactly a big fan of the woof boots solely because I don't like the way the neoprene overlaps. *shrug*

I do have a full set of SMB elites for my TB but we only use them out on trail rides.
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I agree with gypsy. I jumped my mare up to 3'6 without anything, no problem. She rarely hits jumps now, but when I first got her she was knocking rails all the time even at a low height. The only time I use boots are for xc, just because the jumps are solid. I have woof boots and I really like them.

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Okay guys thanks for the replys! Im going to try some woof boots then
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