Leg wraps, boots, or neither???
Im starting to do LD endurance rides and do lots of trails. Should my horse wear leg wraps/boots or neither? What type should they wear? Polo, SMB?? :) Thanks!
I used SBM they work the best for protection of the legs and easyer to clean and put on and stay in place
A good trail horse should know how to take care of his legs. If you compete in NATRC competitive trail rides, wrap, splints etc are not allowed and their horses do just fine.
I've ridden my horses in the wilderness of the west for years and never had more than minor rock bit from trail rides. It's not like a reining competition where you are asking them to spin and have a high chance of stepping on their own legs.
Unlike performance events like barrel racing that last 17 seconds or a 2 minute cutting run, A trail ride or endurance race can last 5-6-8 hours. That a long time to have something on their legs that holds in heat and can capture and hold sand, water or grit against their skin. You are better off with no protection.
Does your horse interfere?
If no, then nothing is by far the best choice.
If your horse does interfere, you may need to do some experimenting to see what works best (SMBs, brush boots, etc), but in my opinion polos are dangerous out on trail and are never an option.
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