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I have recently learned that open front jump boots are not good for going cross country. I understand why but my sister has just bought a new pair of open fronts she plans on using for eventing. I told her the new info i learned but she doesn't think that it will make a difference because she will only be jumping between 2 foot and 2 6. Will her horse be okay in this sized jump with open fronts or should i really try to convince her to get full coverage boots? Thanks!
 

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To me, a jump is a jump is a jump and I'd get closed fronts :-/ But maybe that's just my personal opinion. Sandie and I take on cross country with a full set of sport boots, and we were only jumping 6"-1' last year, Intro level. I am more the "better safe than sorry" type though! ;-)
 

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well me and my mare Lily... we very rarely use boots, half the time i am jumping her bareback so i want a little on her as possible... :smile:
 

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NEVER EVER EVER EVER! Go out on a XC course without full coverage boots. Prsonally, I think it is unsafe and reckless. Those jumps are unforgiving, solid, inmovable obsicales, and when you hit them, it hurts. I would rather my horse's leg have as much coverage and protection on them when I run XC. I'm wearing a helmet nd chest protector, am I not? Open front boots are used for one thing, stadium jumping. Why? Because they are open fronted so the horse can feel when they hit or knock a pole, so they will be mor careful. XC jumps don't knock down, so what's the point in using a boot that won't protect your horse?
 

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I would never go on XC with open fronts. Stadium, yes (depending on the horse obviously) but not XC. It's just not that safe. Like I said on the other thread, It'd be like hitting your shin on a solid object with absolutely no protection. It can lame horses temporarily.

not good in my opinion. Brushing boots, every time.
 

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Open Fronts really only belong in the Stadium Ring.

These boots were designed for Stadium only, for horses who are just starting to jump to teach them to respect the fences. When the horse hits the pole, it hurts...it seriously does hurt them, so they learn to tuck their legs up more, so that the next time, they wont hit the fence.

That is where the design of the open front comes from. So that the rider can protect the rest of the horses leg from being knocked or bumped or striked, while the open front allows the green horse to hit the fence, and learn to respect it.

So please tell me - how these boots are functional for the CC Course? These boots were never designed with CC in mind, they just are not capeable to protect the horses legs over solid obsticles that don't budge if your horse hits them. These boots are not capeable to do the job needed.

Besides, what is the point of open fronts - other than they being a fad?????

My question to those who like using these boots is - If your horse respects the fence as it is, then why need them? AND - if your horse does not respect the fences, then what business does your horse have, being out on the CC course in the first place??????

So - if your horse respects fences, then why need these useless boots aside from being a sheep, following the rest of the flock due to fad?

If your horse doesn't respect the fence, then fine - use these boots, they are valuable to your horses training.......but do so over stadum fences in the sand box, and do not step foot out on the cc course, until your horse learns to tuck accordingly.
 

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Thunk your sister hard in the shins with a broom handle then ask her if she'd like shin pads next time you do it. :p

If she's stubborn there isn't much you can do about it. Maybe bring it up with someone she highly respects and see what their opinion on the matter is.
 

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Haha Cougar, I love your idea! =]
I think you're right, though. She's putting her horse at risk of lameness if she goes with the open fronts, too. I just got a new pad from statelinetack.com, and hence the catalog came with. There are some REALLY nice brushing boots for $9.99 on clearance- I can look them up online for you if you want me to.
 

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ohh wow ill def tell her about the state line tack boots they sound great. if you have the webpage that would be great otherwise i can look them up too and see if i can find them. Ill show her some of these posts and see what she says. Thanks everyone!
 

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I've ridden some horses that I didn't use boots on at the lower. One stallion just hated boots and would try to rip them off, if given a chance. I didn't make him wear them until after training level. Here he is at training level in a recognized show. He had iron legs and, luckily, never had any problems.

I like using neoprene boots at low levels and at uppe rlevels I use custom formed pads with vet wrap and electrical tape. They are one use boots, although the pads are reusable.

 

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I've ridden some horses that I didn't use boots on at the lower. One stallion just hated boots and would try to rip them off, if given a chance. I didn't make him wear them until after training level. Here he is at training level in a recognized show. He had iron legs and, luckily, never had any problems.

I like using neoprene boots at low levels and at upper levels I use custom formed pads with vet wrap and electrical tape. They are one use boots, although the pads are reusable.

 

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^ O_O I'm ogglaling....
 

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Grr- Stateline is sold out already of the brushing boots. Sorry! They were a great deal. =[

I did find the following:

LOVE Chicks Saddlery:
Guardian Showmans Neoprene Splint Boot: Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com

Never heard of them:
Splint Boots With Black Patches, Horse Splint Boots, Splint Protection

Those are both great options for you, not too expensive. =] I use the splint boots on my horse's front legs and love them.

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These would be ok for hind boots, if she doesn't have anything. Again, not too expensive. [Boots in top of photo]
http://www.statelinetack.com/item/moxie-guardian-neoprene-rear-boot/SLT700910/
 

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I love Woof Wear boots, great pirces, and they last seriously, FOREVER!
 

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I, and any eventer, will agree NO OPEN FRONTS ON XC! 1 foot, or 6 foot it doesnt matter. I have a full set of galloping boots, and I duct tape them on even for BN! Its just common sense, just like what someone said previously, people wear vests and helmets why shouldn't your horse? But I understand trying to convince a sister...problem. :) Good luck.
 

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DEFINALTY get full coverage boots. The jumps may be small but her horse can still hurt himself. I have never gone out without boots, I would even borrow a pair if i ahd to but don't go out without them.
 
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