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post #21 of 26 Old 05-15-2013, 04:21 PM
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"A lot of "show" or "arena" people tend to look down on trail riding/trail horses because they THINK it is just lollygagging down a nice little path in the woods. They think it's something horses might be able to do as a "second career" if their show career doesn't work out for them. . .if they're not physically sound enough for arena work."

Amen. Not many show or arena horses would have a prayer going many of the places we go. No way, I'd take a show horse to the mountains. Good way to kill you and the horse.

Bought a champion TWH several years back. Trained to do everything, except take care of his legs in rough terrain. Poor guy never did make it as a trail horse I'd take on a trail. Sold him to a flat lander. They get along just fine.
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post #22 of 26 Old 05-16-2013, 03:14 PM
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Woo-hoo, I got quoted!!! Thanks, Jolly Badger.
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post #23 of 26 Old 05-16-2013, 06:08 PM
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I am originally from MI (Sturgis) & have ridden all over the state & IN & would NOT put support boots on my horse. If your horse has a tendency to overreach, then maybe bells, but no tendon boots. If your horse can't hack the trails back there w/support boots, I would find a different horse. They do create extra heat, can cause friction & if you get them wet - even if it's not muddy areas - they get logged down & heavy & don't dry while on your horse. I live in the mountains of NW MT now & we ride HARD trails. If my horses can't handle these trails, they go down the road. Would NEVER put support boots or polos on them for the trails, period.
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post #24 of 26 Old 05-21-2013, 07:43 PM
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I have been riding trails on a regular basis for 44 years. Dang I must be old. I actually never thought of wrapping their legs. I'm glad to hear all the support saying that I am doing it right. I also have never had a leg injury to a horse. I had one horse that fell on his knees and nose and skinned up the nose. The legs were fine. I don't try to ride through sticker bushes with snakes in them. I do ride on some narrow trails, but they are trails of a sorts.
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post #25 of 26 Old 05-22-2013, 07:02 AM
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Amen, Celeste! Not to hijack the thread, but people advertise stallions turned out IN ARENAS in boots. W?? I laugh and move on to the next ad. If your stallion cannot go trot around an arena without damaging his OWN legs, do I need to breed to him??

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post #26 of 26 Old 05-22-2013, 02:09 PM
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I can not say, in the last 65+ years of riding, I've never had any leg injuries. We've had many leg injuries, but none that a wrap or boot would have prevented. Most of our leg injuries occurred, out in the pasture, while running with other horses. A few from crazy mares, that kicked our breeding stallions.

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