Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Research shows that SMB's offer very minimal % of support in compareson to many other boots out on the market. So in sence, SMB's are just glorified splint boots, but with added perks.
The 3 layers of neoprene that are in the boots are there to absorb shock. Studdies show that the Neoprene aids in absorbing the shock that our horses legs take when doing strenuous sports, like jumping.
That is what I like about the SMB's, is the fact that they absorb shock, but now there are TONS of Eventing Boots that are coming out onto the market, that have caught onto this revelation of the Neoprene, and are now lining their boots with this material - because especially in eventing, the horses legs take high %'s of shock from the terrain.
The terrain is much different out on the CC course compared to a sandy, deep, cushioned arena where you'll find your other aspects of sports. So your leg protection would be different for the arena in compareson to out on the CC course.