Boots vs Polos .... Here is the Professional's Choice SMB study from 1998 ...
There's always the big debate on which supports a performance horse the best: Sport Boots or Polo Wraps? There have been scientific studies on both with one in 1989 on live Thoroughbreds with polos, and studies by Professional's Choice SMB sport boots.
After sending 3 unanswered emails to Professional's Choice asking for copies of their study that they quote on their website (Our Research), I finally called the company and requested it over the phone, to which they finally obliged. It just arrived in the mail today. I have attached the images below in the following posts.
They state the following on their website:
"absorb an average of 26% of energy, and up to as much as 45%"
Okay. There's my nerdy scientific evaluation. :D
Maybe I'll have more answers and/or studies to back up their other claims when I talk to someone who knows of these "studies that don't exist" like that lady told me. Because clearly there are others!
Okay, here's the first 3 pages of the study:
Lol good to know!! I am of the belief that a 1/16" thick piece of neoprene is going to do nothing to "support" 1200lbs of weight coming down on it, and especially not at the tensions at which SMBs are applied. It would be interesting to see the results of a simulation of how much resistance/support id actually provided by neoprene.
What I also find interesting is that recent, independent studies have found that using boots which allow heat to circulate in them (like SMBs) actually cause deterioration of the internal structures due to heat, and some have concluded that the reduced risk of injury from using the boots is completely negated by how much the structures are deteriorated from the heat.
Personally, I only use boots and bandages on the legs which allow circulation of air. I use the Eskadron climatex bandage liners underneath polo wraps and when I need boots, I use the EcoGold flatwork boots.
Thanks for posting all of this!! I don't have time to read it right now so I'm subbing to come back to it. Hopefully they will be able to give you the rest of the studies..and I would think that they would have done more recent studies when coming out with the Elites and now the VenTech Elites? Or I would hope so...Definitely interesting stuff to read and I'm excited to hear more..Especially about the products like the Elites and VenTech that I use..Okay, boyfriend getting irritated..I'm supposed to be leaving..Laugh! I'll be back!!
And here's the last 3 pages:
And dang they are only loading as pictures. Looks too small to read. I was hoping others could download the attachments to read themselves.
Any other way I could attach these???
DrumRunner: They have got to have at least one other study, because on their website link I posted, there a short video of a galloping horse on a treadmill with the boots on. And on the back page of the article they sent me (I didn't include it because it was all advertising junk) there is a top picture of a horse wearing tack (including Prof Choice Saddle Pad) and wearing the boots.
Maybe they "crossed" the studies with the other equipment? And "noticed" how the horse would put its weight on the booted leg when they were studying something else? Who knows.
Will have to wait and see.
Can you post these independent heat studies you speak of? Or provide a link?
Hmm, interesting. My mare wears Pro Choice any time we're barrel racing or practicing sharp turns and such at home, but I agree that the 45% claim is just ridiculous.
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