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post #11 of 19 Old 03-26-2013, 06:12 PM
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Also when your spinning at faster speeds, an upturned bell boot around a front leg sitting/resting above the splint boot (splint boot will keep it up over the knee - but because its a bell the horse can still move) will save the horse from crossing over and accidentally whacking itself and getting hurt and not wanting to spin
I have sat here and read this a dozen times trying to picture it. So you put bell boots over the knee? And this stops a horse from knocking their knees? Wouldn't a knee boot work as well?

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I have sat here and read this a dozen times trying to picture it. So you put bell boots over the knee? And this stops a horse from knocking their knees? Wouldn't a knee boot work as well?
Haha just turn a bell boot upside down and put it above the shin boot:) it's easier than buying knee boots;) It doesn't stop them from knocking their knees it just protects the knee if they happen to knock it, just like if a horse over reaches on to a bell boot;)
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Prevent wasn't the word I meant to use lol. But awesome. I never would have thought of putting a bell boot on upside down over the knee. I've never needed anything for the knees before other then the harness racers and we used knee boots.

Anyway cool, learn something new every day!
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Personally, I wouldn't do the Tough-1 synthetic skid boot. I feel like it wouldn't hold up and you'd end up buying another pair shortly.

I definately don't like the tough-1 economy sport boot. The strap that goes around the fetlock looks bulky in thickness, but actually too narrow in width. I don't like it.

The Tough-1 extreme vented boot may be a possibility. I like the shape and contours of it. Would be interesting to see it in person.

I would definately NOT go with the old SMB-II technology on the Professionals Choice SMB. I love Prof Choice and all my horses wear their boots .... but not the original SMB-II. I personally like the Professionals Choice SMB-3 design. Much more contoured to the horse's leg and fits much better than the original SMB-II.

Main point --> Don't slack and buy cheap boots just because they are cheap. You will get what you pay for. A $70 pair of sport boots will still be cheaper than a $400 vet bill, and a potentially scarring injury. Stick with a good quality name brand. I know we've discussed this over and over on the barrel board with you.

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And this is why I never claim to know what is ideal for reining lol. I personally don't like SMB's I just know I see them on a lot of western horses.

I must say this thread has educated me on boots for reining

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Best combo is Weaver Leather skids on the back. I prefer the velcro ones but you can get buckle ones too. Then SMBs in the front. Bells for practice and Duct Tape for shows for their feet.

Some horses do need the bells over the knees but usually only on one depending on how they turn. All mine step fare enough back and out to not need them but if the horse does need them the bells work 100 times better then knee boots as knee boots will keep the horse to restrained to turn properly.
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What do you mean duct tape for their feet? I have to say I am loving this thread right now lol. Reining has always been interesting to me.
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You wrap duct tape around their hooves to protect them from over reaching during the show. I do this vs using bells. Bells are great for practice but they at times will get in the way or come off. So I use Duct tape. Wrap it just below the hair line of the hoof and round a few times. Since it comes in many different colors you can have alot fun with it and not spend a lot of money.

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^ I kinda wanna see a picture of the duct tape thing. My mare gets bound up in bell boots but she also steps on herself, so it's a ****ed if I do, ****ed if I don't thing right now with her.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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