Stormy, educate me here. WHY use leg protection?
Mustangs runs across some pretty rough country and have no extra protection. If you compete in Competitive Trail Rides you are not allowed any protection above the cornet line. And they ride 50 mile trails every other weekend, they are not taking a short ride around the pasture. And hundreds of horses have been competng in that sport for decades. And in all the rides I competed in, I never saw anything more than rock bites and scraps on horses legs. Horses loose points for getting nicked up on their legs in that sport.
A good trail horse should know how to take care of his legs. He should pay attention to where he places his feet.
We are not asking them to chase a cow in an arena, they are not going full blast and quickly and repeatedly changing directions. Trotting or even a canter down a trail just doesn't require that kind of protection.
It's kinda like wearing a helment inside your car. Yes we see the value of seat belts and air bags and most of us use those devices, But most of us don't feel the need to wear a helment inside our cars. If we got in an accident, yes a helmet may help protect us, But the discomfort of wearing one full time is worse than the odds we face of having an accident. So nobody wears a helment in their car except race drivers.
Yes leg protection might prevent an injury to your horses legs, but the chance of a serious injury doing trail rides does not outweigh the discomfort to the horse of wearing them and the possibility of rubbing a sore. I just don't see the need.
I look forward to your opinion