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I am looking at getting some new boots for my horse, I have also seen you can get horse leg wraps. Does anyone have any recommendations one which one is better? I mainly do showriding, flatwork and dressage. Also does anyone know why you would get leg wraps? I have got quite a few pairs of boots and I used my open front ones for everything. Any help would be appreciated!
 

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If your horse is not brushing or interfering causing injury then you don't need either. Jumping would depend on height of the jumps. For that you would want some protection against knocks.

Wraps would not be an option unless you have someone that is experienced in using them teach you how to properly put them on as you can do much damage if you don't know what you are doing.
 

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I don't mean to be mean sounding but if you don't know why you would use wraps then don't get nor use the things.
You can so very easily do irreversible damages wrapping a leg wrong.
If you have not been instructed, taught hands-on and watched by someone who is excellent at wrapping...then don't, please don't.
The risk is to great to hurt the horse..

Boots, unless your horse is forging, hitting themselves or hitting a object then to me...they are creating a issue in your using of them.
Equipment on a horse should be used for a reason other than everyone else is doing it. :rolleyes:
If the horse is injuring itself, then you use the proper boot to protect the animal.
If there is no injury/issue occurring, then leave the boots sitting in the tack locker.
Aside from the fact that using boots or wraps increases leg temperature specifically to the areas covered by .... this is something most learned and professionals know is not better for the animal but a hindrance and detriment.

There are few of us that ride and work our horses to the extent that their body can not withstand the riding activities we do with the animal.
Boots and wraps when used for the wrong reason, at the wrong time also create a weakened spot on the animals anatomy because you put/place a band-aid continually in a dedicated spot, the body learns and compensates by now not allowing the conditioning of those anatomical parts to be included in conditioning work.
Being a part of the fad does a great dis-service to the animals by their rider/owner....it is a matter of time before your luck runs out and when figured out why...you the rider/owner are the one who created the issue. Truth....

If you though have a horse who needs protection because they not move correctly, they forge or are unable to left their limbs enough to clear a fence...then you really need to evaluate your training program and horses abilities.
If the horse forges and you have not spoken with your farrier about it, what are you waiting for? Your farrier is your foot-care specialist no matter if shod or barefoot... they may be able to work a solution for you

I'm not against boots, I'm against boots being used for the wrong reasons or used "in training" and then you get to the show and no leg protection is permitted and who just raised the bar toward injury of their devoted animal...YOU.:oops:
Oh yes, depending if you show, what classes you show and divisions no leg protection is allowed in many types of shows. :cautious:
Truly, truly understand why you wrap or boot and use the correct equipment only if/when needed.
To protect your horse.....
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Thanks for the feedback! One of my horses is just learning to jump and sometimes does clip/knock a pole, which is why I want to be safe with that. He also does a lot of ‘higher level’ (if that makes sense) flatwork with me and when we do extended trot, canter and other movements I don’t want him hitting his canon. I thought that maybe wraps would be easier and more comfortable for that but from what you are saying they are not. I have another horse which I jump up to 90cm and planning to go higher, and so I use boots for him. For pony club it’s a rule to use boots for sporting (which is fine because my horse is a bit clumsy when it comes to sporting). Leg wraps are certainly not the trend in my area and as I said I was just wondering if they would be easier and softer. I have experience with horses, and lots more experienced instructors/riders around. I don’t use boots for dressage and showriding but only for training.
 

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Thanks for the feedback! One of my horses is just learning to jump and sometimes does clip/knock a pole, which is why I want to be safe with that. He also does a lot of ‘higher level’ (if that makes sense) flatwork with me and when we do extended trot, canter and other movements I don’t want him hitting his canon. I thought that maybe wraps would be easier and more comfortable for that but from what you are saying they are not. I have another horse which I jump up to 90cm and planning to go higher, and so I use boots for him. For pony club it’s a rule to use boots for sporting (which is fine because my horse is a bit clumsy when it comes to sporting). Leg wraps are certainly not the trend in my area and as I said I was just wondering if they would be easier and softer. I have experience with horses, and lots more experienced instructors/riders around. I don’t use boots for dressage and showriding but only for training.
I would use boots jumping boots for jumping and brushing boots for basic flatwork and dressage boots for more intense flatwork. Make sure they are well ventilated!
 

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Thanks for the feedback! One of my horses is just learning to jump and sometimes does clip/knock a pole, which is why I want to be safe with that. He also does a lot of ‘higher level’ (if that makes sense) flatwork with me and when we do extended trot, canter and other movements I don’t want him hitting his canon. I thought that maybe wraps would be easier and more comfortable for that but from what you are saying they are not. I have another horse which I jump up to 90cm and planning to go higher, and so I use boots for him. For pony club it’s a rule to use boots for sporting (which is fine because my horse is a bit clumsy when it comes to sporting). Leg wraps are certainly not the trend in my area and as I said I was just wondering if they would be easier and softer. I have experience with horses, and lots more experienced instructors/riders around. I don’t use boots for dressage and showriding but only for training.
Wraps are really easy to get wrong and wrapping them incorrectly can do damage to the horse's legs in exercise, I don't trust myself to wrap them yet because of that. Boots are generally used for shock absorption in strenuous work and to prevent clipping/hitting from the horse hitting jumps/obstacle or overreaching with their hind. I'd say there's no real harm in putting on dressage or training boots in hard flatwork for extra shock absorption and preventing hyperextension :) Good supportive jump boots and bell boots are pretty easy to come by too and I see no harm in them either especially if you want to avoid splint injuries or hoof damage.
 

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I would use boots jumping boots for jumping and brushing boots for basic flatwork and dressage boots for more intense flatwork
Wraps are really easy to get wrong and wrapping them incorrectly can do damage to the horse's legs in exercise, I don't trust myself to wrap them yet because of that. Boots are generally used for shock absorption in strenuous work and to prevent clipping/hitting from the horse hitting jumps/obstacle or overreaching with their hind. I'd say there's no real harm in putting on dressage or training boots in hard flatwork for extra shock absorption and preventing hyperextension :) Good supportive jump boots and bell boots are pretty easy to come by too and I see no harm in them either especially if you want to avoid splint injuries or hoof damage.
this is why I’m confused they recommend no boots I much rather be extra careful at a show then have a horse who gets hurt because I didn’t have boots on. My horse hacks with out in only hoof boots boots and does our normal walk trot canter lesson with no boots and when I jump what I’m going to jump in the hunter ring 2 feet. When I’m with my eventing trainer she always has jump or dressage boots on.
 

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Because unless your horse has a bad farrier or congenital/injury related issue which would mean a good farrier is in order your horse should not be causing himself injury. Preventing injury from an accidental knock over a jump is one thing but often that "support" you are applying for low levels of jumping or flat work means you don't develop that area you are "protecting" fully so unless you are competing at the highest levels you are aren't subjecting your horse to enough stress to need them.

Look at any study about back braces and how incorrectly they are applied and used. So few use them correctly as an AID. By the same token, if you rely on that boot as support to essentially replace the function of the joints, tendons, muscles and all working together as they should you defeated the purpose and it is now something your horse has to have to function.
 
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