good jumping boots...
Looking for some suggestions for rear jumping boots for Rocket. I have started taking actual jumping lessons, and while he is super snappy with his front end he not always very carefull with his back legs and I want to protect them, especially since most of the schooling jumps are solid. Will polo wraps be enough? I would love to get a pair of smb boots, but I can't afford new ones, any good knock offs floating around?
I have a pair of rear SMBs for sale if you're interested. They're size large. I have them listed on the tack for sale forum.
Polo wraps are not acceptable for jumping.
There are tons of used SMB's that are up for sale, most are $20.00 and in great condition. You can get great deals on www.tacktrader.com and even Ebay. I wouldn't spend more than $20.00 on used SMB's.
I just sold off a whole bunch of them, sets of 4 for $40.00's.
SMB's aren't my cup 'o tea. Mostly because they retain water and that's a big no-no on cross country.
I love my Woof boots. I have them for my horse's rear legs and just some simple all purpose brushing boots on the front. You can find both on www.doversaddlery.com (that's where I got mine) or just on Ebay.
I have woof boots for the front and I am not sold. I didn't think that polos were going to hack it for jumping either.
what kind of woofs? i have heard that some arent as good as others
They are the brushing ones with the double closure. I don't know I just find them really hard to put on right.
With jumping, are we ultimately looking for protection from hitting the fences, or shock absorbtion for the legs doing the jumping? I only ask because there are so many types of boots on the market, all make claims of shock absorbtion or protection from hitting the jumps, but they all can't be equally good. Do any of the boots actually cushion the tendons and ligaments and lesson the impact of jumping, or is it all marketing gumbo?
I've heard you and Rainbow Bright both now say that polo's are not suitable for jumping! Why is that? I casually disregarded RB's comment especially since she was trying to sell me some patented boot she manufactured, but now you too! Alright, in all seriousness, I've always used them to jump, and I can wrap one heck of a polo, seriously I can do them perfectly, but I ride where the fence's come down, just standards and poles, HJ, not eventing. ;) Are you worried about impact over more solid fences? Or people who can't wrap trying to use them and do more damage then good? Is it about support? Well then what about track bandages? I'm assuming the polo was meant for polo, therefore insinuating flat work, but is that really limiting it completely? Explain please!
^To answer your question, polo's arn't used for jumping often becuase they can snag on a rail and if they get wet, they will stretch out and could potentally injure your horse by tripping them.
I would suggest Woof boots, I use the regular Club Brushing boot on both the front and back legs of both of my jumper/eventers and they go well in them and the protect them. They are on sale in Dover right now too!
PS- please excuse my horrid spelling!
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