I want to find a good pair of boots for my TB mare, we are mainly doing dressage right now, but I want to start jumping (starting low 1′) and take her out on the trail. I don’t like polo wraps,and I don’t need super expensive ones. What has worked for you?
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Those little neoprene splint boots with the three velcro straps are pretty durable and cheap to replace when needed. They can get a little heated underneath and heavy if you cruise thru any water but if not left on for hours on end and the horse is properly cared for after each ride, there shouldn’t be a problem..
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There are a lot of options out there – I am a big fan of both my Roma/Low end open front boots (protects the tendons, but allows the horse to feel rails or obstetrical they hit with the fronts of their cannons and brushing boots like pheets suggests. I’m less of a fan of the ones with the velcro that doubles back on itself simply because I think it’s too easy to over tighten them – I really like the WOOF brand club or general brushing boots. All of my pairs have worn like iron, wash well in the washer at home and the neoprene is perforated to allow the leg to breathe better. They’re also nice if you’re trail riding through water and are popular with lower level eventers. I had a mare brush an XC fence hard in a pair and while the boots have a hole that punctured all the way through, the leg was protected and we didn’t have an open wound/lots of blood like I was after hearing the nasty sound. Good luck with the boots, and the jumping!
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