HEY! No one is allowed to call their horse Boo except me :P :P :P
After working/riding/training at a Fox Hunting/Eventing barn for 2/3 years - and been priveledged to ride amongst die hard, traditional Fox Hunters, I've been exposed to allot.
I have seen many ride with boots out on Fox Hunts. Some SMB's, some woof, but mostly Leather buckled boots with fleece. Allot of them try to stay traditional with conservative tack *brown, flat leather, fitted pads*
I have never heard of a boot aiding with lameness, unless used incorrectly - so that theory is way out in left field. And I know of MANY Hunter riders *arena h/j's* who ride and train with boots on their horses continuously, and take them off for when they enter the show ring. So boots protect and aid in preventing.
Fox Hunters - since Hunters are derived from Field Hunting/Fox Hunting - want their horses reliable 100%. Steady flow, so that they don't tire out quickly while chasing the fox. Clean and tight for when they jump those large natural obsticles. Non spooky, hearty and strong.
Now the Hunter Ring has become a world of WB's - where if you go Fox Hunting, you see breeds of all types and colors. QH's, Appendix's, TB's, Appy's, I've even seen Mules.
While Hunter is derived from Fox Hunting and Field Hunters, the sad thing is - if you take a horse/rider team who've ridden in the Hunter Ring for years, and put them out on a Fox Hunt or a Field Hunt Course - they would not do well at all. Again, it has merged into a world of its' own.
And you cannot perch, nor pose or look pretty while out doing a Fox Hunt. It is about survival riding, defensive riding and being functional 100% of the time.
I find it funny how people say "Hunters is traditional" when so much of it has lost so much of what Fox Hunting and Field Hunting is or was.
Hahaha its okay, I have quite a few blonde moments.
Yeah most hunters boot up in warm ups and in schooling at home, and as I said it is required in a lot of hunter barns I know for their students to boot their horses, especially school horses. I still think its kind of sad to see them jumping 4' fences without protection, but hunters is hunters :P
Haha if you took a mule into a rated hunter class I think people would have a heart attack. Or better yet a pinto and/or appaloosa mule. Draft mule. There. That would be perfect :P Mules do reasonably well in open shows in my area, depending on the competition. But that's just because they're popular in this area. I want to get a really talented show jumper mule though and take it to rated shows just to see peoples faces :P I have yet to find one though. Which is really sad :( I've seen a warmblood mule before, very cute, looked like a warmblood with HUUUUGE ears :P Not very mulish except for that. And it brayed but if it stayed quiet you could've fooled some people!
I don't have any :\ Although there is one if you just do a google image search for "Warmblood Mule"... I'll just post those pics so you don't have to dig around.
The adult picture is not the best but the baby picture is adorable!
Oh and MIE forgot to reply to only you calling your horse Boo. Hahaha I've been calling him Boo a long time, as well as Bru-boo. Which I think sounds better than Nelson-boo. Also Brutty Brutty Brutty Rockin' Everywhere and I Found you Ms. New Brutty. Hahaha such masculine names. The things we do out of love :P