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    08-06-2009, 11:29 PM
  #11
Yearling
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
     
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    08-07-2009, 03:46 PM
  #12
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Painted Horse    
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
^^^ agreed. I ride endurance and eventing and if there's no need for protection, why put it on? Its not worth the risk of rub sores, etc. and imo can cause more probems than it solves. (such as becoming loose, or absorbing water, etc.)
     
    08-08-2009, 06:25 PM
  #13
Green Broke
What if you come accross a patch of thisitles, thorns, stray wire or rocks that need to be crossed. I would rather spend $60 on a pair of protection boots than the hundrads if we needed to sew a horse up for getting cut up on the trail. I would rather my horse have protection on their legs and would never do anything other than walk without them. And when boots are put on correctly they wouldn't rub. Just my opinion on it.
     
    08-09-2009, 11:56 AM
  #14
Yearling
My horses ride through Wild Raspberry, Current bushes, prickly pear cactus, Hawthorn bushes and they don't ever seem to worry about those thorny plants. Even when I try to steer them around them, they prefer to plow through. Only once, when they got into some cactus that stuck spines in their legs above the knees did they every seem to get upset over the cactus. And rocks are just not an issue. Horses deal with rocks every day. The ony thing I'd worry about is wire. And the chances of stray barb wire only getting wrapped around the 4-6" protected by leg protection is pretty small. If the horse gets into wire, It'll get higher up the leg than your protection provides.



I've had a vet bill twice in my life for an injury to a horses leg. Once for a horse getting a leg into a feeder she knocked over in the corral and the second time ( and only time on a ride) for a cut high on the gaskin where she bumped her leg on a sharp rock and split her upper leg open in front of her joint. You are worrying about things that just are not a high probablity for injury.

I worry about horses getting their feet stuck inbetween rocks, about them twisting an ankle when crossing rocky areas, I worry about them sliping and going down and getting cut or scrpped up on their knees. But I don't worry about them bumping a rock and cutting their pasturn or cornet on rocks.

     
    08-09-2009, 05:48 PM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Painted Horse    
My horses ride through Wild Raspberry, Current bushes, prickly pear cactus, Hawthorn bushes and they don't ever seem to worry about those thorny plants. Even when I try to steer them around them, they prefer to plow through.

You are worrying about things that just are not a high probability for injury.
Yes I agree, especially with that last sentence.
Honestly, I think this concern for boots on the trail relates less to the actual safety of the horse, rather, it makes the horse's owner feel better, like they're preparing for injury. I think those that ride trails often understand that horses are made to handle rough terrain and can easily pick their way through anything. They're not dumb animals, they've been running around mountains, through prairies and over the desert for longer than we have, they're built for that kind of stuff.
It's easy for us as horse owners to spoil our horses, worry for them and pamper to whatever we think their needs are. However, I've learned that letting your horse teach you what they're actually capable of doing is wonderfully surprising. I think people often underestimate what their horses can handle.
Trust me, your horse will be just fine on the trails without any sort of leg protection.
     
    08-10-2009, 02:18 PM
  #16
Green Broke
Just my opnion I guess. I event too, so I guess that perserving my horse's legs is one of my topmost priorities, and my horses ARE spoiled. ;P
     
    08-10-2009, 09:04 PM
  #17
Yearling
No critisim intended. You are welcome to spoil your horses.
I just wanted to know if there was a practical reason for doing it vs just a warm fuzzy feeling.
     
    08-10-2009, 10:23 PM
  #18
Weanling
I guess I will not do the boots for now since we go through a lot of creeks and I wouldn't want the boots to rub once wet, dirty, etc. I'm not concerned about spoiling them (heck, I spoil them anyway), but I don't want to do more harm than good which it kinda sounds like they might. We have been through some thorny stuff and it didn't seem to bother her (However, I didn't enjoy it and figured out that I need to wear some thicker blue jeans!). Thanks so much for all of the input.
     
    08-11-2009, 11:19 AM
  #19
Green Broke
Good luck and happy trails!!!!
     
    08-11-2009, 11:00 PM
  #20
Yearling
Chaps or Chinks for the thorns. Blue jeans will never be thick enough.

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