Which Support boots?
Hi, I was wondering what type of support boot people would prefer; Classic equine Legacy support boots or Professional choice SMB II. I need to purchase another pair and Can't decide which ones to get. Thanks
Professionals choice SMB. They are the best for the horses and are nice and cushiony and they wont break! but they are expenxive.
I prefer the pro choice smb elites. They are less bulky than the II's and they breathe better than the classic equines.
I could have sworn I just replied to this thread.....
I have the pro Choice SMB Elites and love them, they're so versatile
Personally, I like the Professional's Choice brand. I have used the SMB II in the past but I recently bought a new pair of their SMB III and I just LOVE them. They fit even better than the SMB II's did.
Yes, the SMB III are expensive but they are high-quality boots that are going to last you a long time if you take care of them. The SMB II boots that I have are at least 7 years old and they are still in perfect working condition because I have taken care of them and cleaned them when needed.
So think of the boots as an investment toward the safety of your horse. I definitely recommend getting the SMB III sport boots on all four legs, along with bell boots for the front legs to protect against over-reaching. I prefer a bell boot made with the ballistic material because it is really tough and won't wear down as easily or quickly as a neoprene bell boot will.
This is our get-up with our Professional's Choice SMB III boots on all four feet, and Classic Equine ballistic bell boots on the front feet (that we won at a horse show for 5th high-point adult).
My mothers horse (the dark one) is standing on the right side of us and she has Professional's Choice SMB combo boots on the front legs and those 7-year-old SMB II boots on the hind feet. As you can see, the bell boot portion on the combo boot has had repairs (which is why I don't like the neoprene because it can be ripped off), but they still do their job and protect her legs.
ValleyVet has a value pack of SMB IIIs for $100. I got a pack in December because up until December 31st, they came with free bell boots and I knew i"d use them in the future. I haven't legitimately used them yet, but they feel very supportive.
Here's the link. SMB-3 Sports Medicine Boots Value Pack Professional Choice (Equine - Sports Medicine - Support Boot
HATE SMBs. Trust me,Ive USED both SMBs and CE Legacy boots, and the CE hold up ALOT better.
The Elites are junk. Mine are falling apart after 1 year vs. my CE that have held up for 5.
My barrel horses rip the heels of the back Elites.
^^ PC elite boots are definetly NOT junk! I have them, and they are absolutely amazing. Tried Legacy boots and they didn't work for my horse at all. Elites are easy to put on, awesome support, don't collect sand and are just plain amazing :D
Very expensive though, but it's totally worth it. I am now saving up to buy hind elites.
And in my experience, elites ARE junk, to me anyways. They were stretched out and ripping after 6 runs.
I figured out how to put them on right, but that's another reason why I don't like them, they are hard to put on.
Were the ones that ripped on your horses hind legs? Most barrel racers use SMB skid boots on the hind leg. That might work.
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