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post #11 of 26 Old 08-14-2009, 04:25 PM
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I barrel race and the only time I ever use them is if I am running the pattern. I lope, hand gallop, sidepass, trot, walk, go over poles all without boots. I have never had a problem. I use SMBs for when I am running the pattern as a preventative measure because we are turning at full speed. I don't think a horse needs protective boots everytime they canter though.
I use SMBs on the front feet and do not use bell boots (Never had a problem with over reaching or anything that would cause me to use bell boots) on Diesel but I did on my old mare because she tended to clip her front heels.

I think full support boots are better than medicine boots as they protect more. I personally like the SMBs.

EDIT: When I say "running the pattern" I mean running. I will lope the pattern and train without them.
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post #12 of 26 Old 08-14-2009, 04:29 PM
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Alot of people in the Western world seem to really like SMB's, they arn't my cup o tea. :/ differance of opnions I guess!

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post #13 of 26 Old 08-14-2009, 04:32 PM
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I like Woof boots, but the only ones I have seen are more like splint boots. The think I like about my SMBs is how they wrap under the fetlock as well as around the leg. I havent seen any that have something similar to that but I haven't looked too hard lol. I try not to buy boots any more often than I have to
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post #14 of 26 Old 08-14-2009, 05:06 PM
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I just don't like the whole support aspect. I dunno, just my opnion! They are basically splint boots.....

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post #15 of 26 Old 08-14-2009, 05:53 PM
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See...the support is the only reason I use them so I guess thats why I go with SMBs
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post #16 of 26 Old 08-14-2009, 06:42 PM
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^Ah, I get it

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Instead of going on a thought that you hear from others, why not do your research on the boot and boots that are on the market today, and you will soon realize that allot of the beliefs you have about SMB's Stormy - are unfactual.

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Oh, did you mean Woof boots are basically splint boots or SMBs are? Because I find that SMBs give far more support than Splints. Woof boots seem to be similar to Splint boots but I have never used them really.
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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.

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I said Woofs are like splints And they have always been made from Neoprine. I use what I use, and I love them!

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