Once, my mom wrapped her horse's legs for a trail ride, and they fell in a sink hole. Set of four ridiculously expensive support boots and bells sucked right off. I often wonder if it would have been easier for them to get him out of the mud if the boots hadn't been sucking him down more.
Polos a definite no, too much to snag.
THe only boot I would EVER use, in the DRY summer, would be maybe some front splint boots, adjusted snugly, and not to go anywhere but on a clear trail....I'm too paranoid something will happen.
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.