Originally Posted by tlkng1
In answer, there is no great answer unless you have a specific issue you need to prevent. One thing that is VERY important however is that boots or wraps not applied correctly can do more harm than good and can cause injury in and of themselves. If you decide to wrap/boot, make sure someone who knows the process teaches you how to properly apply them. It would be better to go without than to place them incorrectly.
Yes x 1000. If polo wraps are put on unevenly it creates odd pressure points on the horse's leg - causing more problems than any good. You also need to make sure you're applying pressure evenly so you also avoid the same problem. My grandpa raced STBs for years & was super OCD about how the wraps get done. So I learned it the right way lol. Even the woman who taught my equine science was impressed how well done my wraps were. My mare got wrapped every time we went on the trails or did jumping. Then I bought my first pair of sports medicine boots and never went back...
The choice to boot up or not to boot up is ultimately yours & the horse. My gelding got booted up (in splint boots) for EVERY right because he had a tendency to trip & knock himself. He didn't need bell boots, just something to give his leg extra protection. My new mare Cally gets SMB boots put on EVERY time as well. She's older, requires injections, and we're jumping. They give me the peace of mind they're giving some extra support to help the old gal out. Dani? I used to every time we rode. Now I don't bother unless we're working really hard or jumping. She's got some SMBs as well. Whew sorry kinda went into a story there... But I'd just wait, watch how she moves, & decide for yourself. Dani wore SMBs a lot when she was younger (every ride) just because they made me feel like they were preserving her leg from extra stress *shrug* Whether they do or I'm just buying into the media promises, they were always on.