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post #1 of 7 Old 08-12-2009, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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When to use boots?

So I'm leasing a horse and plan to do some jumping on him.. probably like 2ft-2ft3. His owner doesn't use boots on him but I was thinking about maybe buying a pair.. do you think it's a good idea if his owner agree's? Or are the jumps low enough it probably won't matter.
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-12-2009, 01:45 PM
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I always like using brushing boots on my horse to protect their legs, I use Woof all purpose boots, they protect the leg and last forever! They are pretty cheap too! Good luck with the lease!

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post #3 of 7 Old 08-12-2009, 02:03 PM
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When I am doing something stressful (like jumping or reining manouvers) I try to always use boots. Not that they have to have them, I just feel better knowing that their legs are protected from overreaches and strikes plus have just a bit of extra support that could help prevent a bowed tendon. I use them on Denny pretty much every time I ride because he has had numerous injuries to his front splint bones and I just don't want him to hurt them again while I am using him. I use them on my others only when I am doing arena type work (not very often) as a preventative. As far as boots go, IMHO, it is better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them.

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post #4 of 7 Old 08-12-2009, 02:51 PM
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I always use boots when jumping. If I am staying under 2'3 you can get away with just using polo wraps. Over 2'3 you should use boots. Doesnt do any harm, just gives you extra protection in the long run.

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post #5 of 7 Old 08-12-2009, 02:57 PM
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I always put boots on my horses, doesn't matter what we're doing. (closed fronts and backs) Better safe than sorry.

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post #6 of 7 Old 08-12-2009, 02:57 PM
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I always have some form of protection on phoebe because she is accident prone I would use polo wraps for when im doin flatwork of cavelleti or poles or something really small and once we go to about 2'3" I always put boots on her front legs and sometimes her back ones too
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-12-2009, 06:44 PM
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I don't use boots unless I am jumping very big.

I read somwhere that some boots protect against punctures but make impacts worse, and vice versa. You can't tell what your boots will do until you actually puncture or bang them. You also ahve to be careful about overheating their legs.

Personally, I don't bother, and never had a problem.

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