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Ale 04-29-2014 07:25 PM

Splint/Jumping Boots?
Since the weather is getting warmer, I am going to be working with Dixie a lot more. We start practicing a little jumping to see how she would do and she did awesome! So I want to protect her legs by getting her a four set of splint/jumping boots. Problem is, I have no idea what I am doing. I listed a few that I came across online below, so let me know what you think. Is there a better site out there or a better option? Whatever you guys and gals think, let me know. The assistance is much appreciated :) Thank you!

Black Horze Brand from Ebay:
Horze Protection Shock Absorb Jumping Tendon Fetlock Boot Set | eBay

Purple Tough 1 brand from Ebay:
Tough 1 Extreme Vented Sports Medicine Splint Boots Horse Purple Front Rear M | eBay

Purple Tough 1 Brand from SLT:
Tough-1 Vented Sport Boots 4-Pack -

Purple Basic from SLT:
Basic Neoprene Splint Boots -

Gray Horze Brand from Horze:
Horze Advanced ProTec Boot Set

horselovinguy 04-29-2014 09:00 PM

Is your horse hitting, forging or needing, truly needing boots or are you just putting them on because...well just because? :?:

Truthfully... if your horse is not having a issue where she/he really needs protection you or anyone else who puts boots on for basically a "fashion statement" are doing your horse a disservice.
When you are conditioning and working a horse, all parts of their body need that conditioning and work.
Putting on "boots" "wraps", whatever can have your horse not condition that part of their anatomy which in turn instead of "helping" could cause them to be hurt by having a untrained/conditioned section of their anatomy... in this case their legs, tendons, muscles, etc...
You are giving a crutch when none is needed but once the animal gets to rely on that crutch...:-(

If the horse is hitting/forging then by all means protect them from injury.
First though also speak with your farrier to see if small changes in farrier care could make a difference in the way the horse moves...

Me, I would not boot unless a problem...
I would save the money and spend it elsewhere on something "fun" for the horse to have or wear...


horseluvr2524 04-29-2014 09:22 PM

Sorry to take over your thread, Ale. I have a question for horselovinguy. My mare is in training for jumping. She has an old injury on her left hind leg, but has been declared sound by every vet that's ever looked at her. In the 5 years I've had her, and all the crazy mountain climbing we've done, she's never been lame on that leg and never had a problem. My jumping instructor has watched her and not seen any problem. The only way you know the injury was even there is that she has scar tissue from it which you can feel on the leg. Today we were practicing and due to various reasons and because we are both still learning, she crashed through the jump, took out two wooden poles and the tires I was using as standards. I checked her over thoroughly and lunged her to see if she was having any problems, and there were none at all. Then I got back on and put her through walk, trot, and canter, and still no problems. We ended the session with successfully clearing the same jump. Still not lame.

Do you think boots are not needed for a horse like this who will be competing in jumping in the future? I'm curious because the first time I had a lesson with my jumping instructor I was putting polo wraps on her and he told me I don't have to wrap her legs if I usually don't. My worry is that as we jump higher putting too much stress on her legs, but I get what your saying about training the entire horse.

horseluvr2524 04-29-2014 09:25 PM

Oh, and she has not been wearing boots, though I have been looking at getting some. She hasn't even had polo wraps on, she usually just wears bell boots because she can overreach with her hind.

boots 04-29-2014 09:46 PM

I'm not "hlg," but I will weigh in on your horse needing boots, hl2524. IMO, no, she does not need them and will be better off without them. For the same reason, "hlg" mentioned.

horselovinguy 04-29-2014 09:58 PM and only you can answer the question of "Do I or Don't I"... gut reaction is...
Your horse is fully healed and not having a issue. Your horse has reconditioned their anatomy to withstand appropriate work load to conditioning. Overwork, over-stressed...yes anyone would be tempting fate and injury... proper conditioning and no more higher risk to the animal.

The fact the horse are both "learning" makes me think it was more rider error than horse.
Horses will clear or refuse, run-out and or is usually the rider error of weight shift in the air, wrong take-off point, forward impulsion erroneously checked up, etc.... rarely have I ever seen a horse "miss" on their own...rider interference, yes... then a mishap.

Think about what you said... "Your jumping instructor sees nothing wrong..".
I would think you are working with a veteran instructor, knowledgeable horseman {woman} and a learned eye... much better information coming from them than could ever come from someone such as I who knows not you, your mount, abilities or disabilities...
I would also bow to your vets learned opinion on the ability of your horse to perform successfully that which you train for...

In serious answer though... if the injury has been allowed to fully heal, then train, condition and prepare correctly...a old injury need not hold you back.
Of course, much has to do with the type of injury you refer to...but "scar tissue" is many times unsightly but very strong.
There are always exceptions to every general is life.:-(

Condensed version of the above novel...

Does the horse need boots..."NO".


horseluvr2524 04-29-2014 10:13 PM

Thanks! and yep, I'm willing to admit it was rider error. I think, though we are both starting out, that my horse is MUCH better at this than I am :wink: that's ok! Trial and error is how I learn, and I get better every ride. Yes, my instructor is VERY knowledgeable... about the horse world concerning jumping. I wouldn't go to him for dressage lessons :lol: I was just wanting an outside opinion because it seems like ALL the jumpers have their horses legs booted, wrapped, or otherwise.

horselovinguy 04-30-2014 05:46 AM

You should not be comparing yourself, a beginner, to seasoned veterans in the competition ring or watching those "schooling" at home in regards to "equipment" that yours or the horses. imo..
Once "you both got this" has been accomplished, you've added the speed into the equation and LARGE FENCES...then boots may be something to re-think.

I though have seen many top level horses compete boots.

I was told something seems eons ago by a very learned professional...
"Your horse has only so many of anything... jumps, side-passes, slide-stops, cutting the herd, anything requiring agility & ability... Remember to take good care of the legs cause once gone, no getting them back"
That meant to me... leg care, proper conditioning, leg care...make the practice you do worthwhile and don't overdue...
I have never forgotten those words of wisdom...

So many today are also caught up in the "fad" of everyone is doing so I must...NO...what you must is do what your horse needs and benefits from best, not what is the "fad"....

Trust that instructor of yours to safeguard you and your horses future together...

Best of luck and ENJOY...

Ale 05-08-2014 05:51 PM

Well that solves that problem, horselovinguy! Thanks so much for your well spoken input. I am new to this whole jumping thing and right now, Dixie and I are just starting with on the ground and low level jumps more for fun. I was not aware that she would not need boots, as long as there is no issue. I guess I just assumed that she would need the protection. I never wanted to use them for a fashion statement or use them wrongfully. I guess thats another reason I posted here to get input from people that know what they are talking about. So I really appreciate you telling me this information. If she does have a problem in the future, I would reconsider them. But since she isn't hitting or having problems, I will decide not to purchase them at this time. Thanks again!

NBEventer 05-08-2014 06:05 PM

Okay i'm sorry but hlg I completely disagree with you.

I knew someone would say "if your horse isn't hitting it doesn't need boots". Well when it comes to jumping, you need to protect tendons.

Open front boots(the first and last link the OP posted) are the best for this. They are protecting the tendons but are not interfering with anything else. At the very least I would do front tendon boots. They protect from knocks if the horse pulls a rail down, protect from the horse taking funny landings and take offs. They are just protecting the horse all together.

That front tendon is SUPER easy to tear and it doesn't take much for a horse to hit it and snap it. There was a youtube video awhile ago I am going to see if I can find, but it shows just how easy it is to snap the front tendons and ligaments, especially in jumping, barrel racing and cutting.

I have seen a horse completely end its career at 6 years young from taking a funny spot over a tiny little cross rail and hitting its front leg just the wrong way. Tore a front ligament. He wasn't wearing boots, and who knows if boots would have prevented the injury. But what if they could have?

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