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post #1 of 6 Old 02-19-2011, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Hunter Sport Boots... Question

I'm going to get some sport boots for my horse. I'm kind of new to the whole "horse boot" thing since I normally don't put anything on him, because it has never been a problem. My trainer told me to get some sport boots for him just for safety. I was thinking something like this:
Dura-Tech® Soft Shell Tendon Boot in Splint/Sports Medicine Boots at Schneider Saddlery

but then again, what do I know! haha(:

If you have any personal favorites for sport boots (or whatever they're called) please give me suggestions! My budget it somewhat tight.. Under 100$ so they don't have to be top of the line boots.

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well before giving any suggestions/opinions - can you tell us WHY your trainer feels they are needed? that can make a big difference in the type/style of boot you may need.
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well before giving any suggestions/opinions - can you tell us WHY your trainer feels they are needed? that can make a big difference in the type/style of boot you may need.
He didn't say.. He just said for extra support and protection. I do the hunters that range from 2'9-3'6. Occasionally the "mini" grand prix Level 1 or Level 0 stuff. Sorry, I probably sound like a total idiot
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hey - the fact that you're asking means you're not an idiot. ;)

as for the boots you may want - if it's support you're looking for the Professional's Choice SMBs are the best (imo). the odds of your horse really needing the support for what you're doing, not to mention the debate that rages on if the support is a help or a hinderance in the long run, are going to be something you'll need to decide for yourself.

if it's more a matter of protection from interference, hitting rails, etc. then a decent pair of splint boots or open front jumping boots (maybe ankle boots for the hinds as well if that's also an issue OR if you just like the matching look) should do the trick.

the materials used in the boots you choose should also be a consideration. if you get leather be aware that you'll have to clean and condition them like you would with your saddle and bridle, etc. otherwise some of the neoprene ones are as simple as hosing off when you're done and letting them dry. all depends on what YOU like and what you're willing to care for.

i hope that helps some. :)
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hey - the fact that you're asking means you're not an idiot. ;)

as for the boots you may want - if it's support you're looking for the Professional's Choice SMBs are the best (imo). the odds of your horse really needing the support for what you're doing, not to mention the debate that rages on if the support is a help or a hinderance in the long run, are going to be something you'll need to decide for yourself.

if it's more a matter of protection from interference, hitting rails, etc. then a decent pair of splint boots or open front jumping boots (maybe ankle boots for the hinds as well if that's also an issue OR if you just like the matching look) should do the trick.

the materials used in the boots you choose should also be a consideration. if you get leather be aware that you'll have to clean and condition them like you would with your saddle and bridle, etc. otherwise some of the neoprene ones are as simple as hosing off when you're done and letting them dry. all depends on what YOU like and what you're willing to care for.

i hope that helps some. :)
Thanks!! That helped a lot(:!
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no problem. i'd love to hear about what you're looking at getting and what you ultimately decide on. :)
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