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post #31 of 35 Old 05-11-2012, 10:01 PM
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We have a trail through the woods on our property that leads to 1000 acres of park-owned grass fields that I try to work my gelding in daily. I use Pro Choice SMB Elites because we do do some heavy canter/gallop work and I like his legs to be protected. I know the terrain and know that there's no deep mud, water crossings, etc., so I'm comfortable putting them on for trail riding on my property.

Whenever we trailer to the MetroParks to ride, I don't use them. Mud, thorns, pebbles....too much risk of getting in the boot and causing a problem.
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post #32 of 35 Old 05-12-2012, 09:05 AM
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Originally Posted by mildot View Post
I find this argument meaningless.

yeah, probably is. I've spent most of my life around working horses and the ones we have here are pastured 24/7. they are sprayed for flies before saddling but never wrapped or booted. Nevertheless we take good care of them and never had a leg injury...but they're pretty tough critters and whats good for them may not be right for your horse. So my bad for the post from the p-nut gallery
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post #33 of 35 Old 05-12-2012, 09:55 AM
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I do agree with Painted Horse and themacpack and others comments on using wraps or protective boots on the trails. It would be ideal to not have to use them at all.

However, with that being said, I will share my 2 cents on the subject. I have worked with many horses who have worn protective boots for turnout either half day or full day turnout for as long as up to 8 or so hours and have not seen any problems from it. My own horses have worn them as well for turnout, especially in the winter when they are shod on all fours with winter shoes as precaution against interfering/brushing, sometimes they don't get as much exercise as they should in the winter and they don't always get turned out for as long as usual depending on the weather, so when they are turned out they play hard! Winter shoes can leave your horse with a nasty injury if they happen to knock themselves while playing around. They have worn them in deep snow and even some mud without any problems, and my horses are all thin skinned, sensitive thoroughbreds. I have also used them for trail rides lasting around 3 hours. I also know a lot of fox hunters who wear them while out hunting without any problems. All of the boots that I am talking about here have been Woof Wear Brushing Boots, either the all purpose Club boot, the Single Lock boot, or the double Lock boot. I have never seen these boots cause any problems for any of the horses who have worn them for turnout and/or riding.

If you choose to use boots on your horse, there are some things that you can do to help to minimize the risk of boot rubs and irritation. Make sure that the boots you choose are the right size for your horse and fit well. Learn to put them on properly with right amount of tension, not too tight, not to loose. Keep your horse's legs and boots really clean. Brush your horse's legs well before putting on the boots and make sure the boots are clean, you can even give the inside of the boots a brush off. After riding, if your horse's legs get really sweaty it is a good idea to hose the legs off or sponge off to clean off the sweat, also a good idea to hose down the boots and let them air dry in the sun if they are really sweaty but not too much dirt on them and then brush them off when dry. If only mildly sweaty and not dirty just let them air dry and then brush off. If they get really dirty, and also on a regular basis, like once a week or so even if they don't look too dirty, it is a good idea to wash them with mild laundry detergent, add a second rinse cycle and air dry the boots. Also remember to keep your horse's legs really clean, regular brushing, especially before putting on the boots and hosing off if they get really sweaty and once in a while washing them thoroughly with mild shampoo or even a medicated shampoo.

Also, brushing boots only offer protection from brushing or any knocks and bumps, they are not supportive boots, they do nothing to support the joints, tendons and ligiments in your horse's legs. I don't have any experience with using support boots like some people have mentioned the proffesional's choice or other styles similar to those, so I don't know if they would cause rubbing or if they would be ok to wear for longer periods of time.

If you choose to use boots, I would recommend the Woof Wear brushing boots.

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post #34 of 35 Old 05-12-2012, 11:24 AM
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I used to do Competitive Trail Rides. We would show up for a weekend and join 100 other horses/riders and spend 8 hours on Saturday and probably 6 hours on Sunday riding a trail. We would usually cover 50 miles on those trails. NATRC does not allow any leg protection during the weekend. So all the time spent on the trail, all the time tied to the trailer in the evenings, No leg protection was used on any of the 100 horses entered. If 100 horses can show up at a strange trail, be rode by everything from Novice to Expert riders at all speeds. and not need leg protections, I suspect, Most horses can do the same for avg trail rides.

Horses for me are the Ultimate 4x4 for getting through rough places.

Some times we ride on cow trails

Sometimes our trails are over grown

Sometimes we just bushwack cross country through what ever is growing

Sometimes it's just through the rocks

Sometimes it's crusted snow

Pushing cows scrambling through brush

Some how my horses survive, I've never paid a vet to treat a leg wound to a lower leg. If you feel the need for leg protection, go ahead and spend the money, But there are thousands of horses doing trail rides on a regular basis and not wearing any protection.
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post #35 of 35 Old 05-12-2012, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Well thank you for all of the advice and suggestions. I will always take into account where I will be going and how the weather has been to determine if boots would not be a good idea. I realize many horses have and do survive fine without any protection but that does not mean mine will. I would much rather prevent anything than have to treat after the fact. also I will not be doing competitive trail riding but if I did I would follow the rules when competing.
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