leg protection for barrel racing!????
hi i am just starting barrel racing and was wondering what the best kind of boots are to use on my horse... i know that bell boots work... but i was wondering if skid boots would give enough protection for the back legs? and what are the best boots to use for the front? and i would like to spend under $70 !
Hello and welcome.
We've chatted about this topic before. Here's one of the threads.
As well as some of the research behind boots:
Basically, the brand and type of boots is all personal preference of the rider.
I myself prefer to use Professionals Choice SMB 3 sport boots on all four legs, and Classic Equine bell boots on the front legs.
Some people prefer Classic Equine Boots. Some prefer Iconoclast. Some Pro Equine. They are all good quality brands; just different preferences.
Some people prefer to use polo wraps, which is fine too. However, do NOT use polo wraps unless you know exactly how to wrap them. If they are wrapped wrong they can cause serious tendon and ligament damage to your horse's legs, or come undone during a run.
Most people do not use skid boots on the back legs for barrel racing, unless you've got a horse that really slides into the turn. I've seen them used, just not commonly. Usually you'll see a sport boot or polo wrap.
And some people use nothing on their horse's legs. I myself don't go for that, because I feel like the boots at least provide phsyical protection from a leg hitting another leg. The boots are much cheaper to replace than horse flesh or a vet bill.
Sorry. There is a good chance you are going to spend WELL over $70. Do not buy the cheap no-name boots. They do not fit well and they do not last. A good quality set of sport boots will last you YEARS. I still have one of the first pairs I bought and they are almost 10 years old. Ive have taken good care of them over the years, and so they hold up.
i just ordered a pair of classic equine legacy boots! wahoo.... but was wondering do you think skid boots will give my horse enough protection for until i can afford ones for the back? or would you recommend nothing on the back?
Depends which skid boots you are talking about.
Obviously the top skid boots are going to physically cover more of the leg, thus protecting it from the other leg hitting it.
The bottom skid boots are only going to protect the fetlock from getting "burned" by sliding.
I personally would just run without any boots on back, rather than the bottom picture of skid boots.
There are some people that do not like using boots on a horse's back legs. Again, it is all personal preference. I myself like to have boots on all four legs.
Agreed with Beau 100%
For what it's worth, my preference is the Classic Equine Legacy boots. I have a horse who will tear up a boot, and those have held up fabulously to them. For bell boots I personally don't care, they all work great for me. Have a pair of CE and Pro Choice bells at the moment that I both use.
For hinds I either use polos, my Legacy boots, or the CE Protech Skid boots.
i have classic equine skid boots.. they work great i love them... but i wanted to make sure that it was safe and actually protecting my horse while running barrels! thanks so much for all your help!
My guy wearing his boots. Only thing I have to add to what's been said is I prefer the bell boots with Kevlar. Blue over reaches bad and has cut himself before. I found these work the best for protecting the backs if his fronts.
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You could probably get by using skid boots on the back if you wanted to. I've always used Classic Equine Legacy boots on all four, with bell boots on the front as well.
Essential Tools: Iconoclast Horse Boots
Iconoclast boots are my favorite hands down. They actually have veterinary and scientific studies behind them. I had used both Professionals Choice and Classic Equine for years before discovering Iconoclast and I've found they have so much more support and honestly protect better. They keep dirt and sand out better and the velcro lasts a life time! They are a little bit more expensive but last longer even with hard use. I was retiring my other horse boots at an alarming rate (every 6-8 months) due to velcro loosing it stickiness or even tearing, the liners would start to pull away and even the outsides would have holes.
They also have a rehab boot for bringing back a horse from an injury. Haven't tried them but I know people who have tried them with great success.
I have to agree. Now that I have bought a full set of Iconoclasts I wouldn't change back. I have my pegasus boots and they are great, but the iconoclasts just conform a touch better and adjust better. I sold my smb and my legacy boots. Hated the Legacy boots with a passion. That ridge in them could irritate a lot at the least put on incorrectly.
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