Poll

Leg Protection

What kind of leg protection does your horse generally wear during exercise?
(Choose the top two most used.)

Polo wraps
12%
103
Sports medicine boots
17%
147
Splint boots
18%
152
Bell boots
17%
142
Other (please specify)
4%
33
My horse doesn't wear any leg protection
33%
282

Total votes cast: 859

Comments & Write-in Answers

The type that wrap leg, fetlock and have the attached bellboot

10/31/2011 9:17:40 PM

I believe suspensory tendon support is a vital key to keeping the active sport horse sound-I luv em

10/31/2011 8:57:27 PM

I have a very handsome, very long legged OTTB who overtracks, so bell boots are a must for him!

10/31/2011 7:48:59 PM

Stretch & Flex training boots

10/31/2011 7:12:31 PM

None. We trail ride.

10/31/2011 7:01:51 PM

depending what kind of work out they get

10/31/2011 6:57:13 PM

He has a tendency to overstride so the no turn bell boots are a must!

10/31/2011 6:25:21 PM

open front boots

10/31/2011 11:59:59 AM

Depends on the individual's interference when moving

10/31/2011 10:35:21 AM

I grew up only using polo wraps, but have found splint boots that I like as well.

10/30/2011 9:01:24 PM

I use the boots when i show my horse only!

10/30/2011 6:13:03 PM

dressage bootsDSB and bell boots

10/30/2011 4:42:13 PM

My horse doesn't interfere why would I put boots on him.

10/30/2011 3:36:18 PM

endurance rider

10/30/2011 2:28:36 PM

Proper ground training, exercise and massages along with feeding, grazing and turnouts is needed

10/30/2011 6:34:15 AM

iconoclast

10/30/2011 5:51:52 AM

Splint boots with gamgee wraps underneath

10/30/2011 2:27:24 AM

was told never use

10/29/2011 1:04:10 AM

trotting and knee

10/28/2011 10:29:04 PM

I use polo wraps or stretch and flex flatwork boots.

10/28/2011 4:01:36 PM

I always use SMB elties. Suspensory protection for a jumper!

10/28/2011 3:38:52 PM

All four legs, non-neoprene, dressage boots

10/28/2011 8:51:17 AM

He is barefoot, doesnt need to

10/28/2011 3:15:04 AM

Healthy horses, healthy feet. Feet bones connected to the leg bones, etc...

10/27/2011 10:56:49 PM

they only wear tendon boots during lunging or jumping, as they are still learning

10/27/2011 6:03:11 PM

rear interference fetlock boots, endurance horse

10/27/2011 3:45:02 PM

If my horse's legs needed protection during an exercise, I'd have to consider why I was doing it.

10/27/2011 3:32:39 PM

If we use too many bandages horses become careless with their action

10/27/2011 3:15:51 PM

I don't even use shoes ,have used pads when needed on pasterns once

10/27/2011 3:01:01 PM

and ankle boots my horse is base narrow hind and a bit clumsy. I am woking on clumsy with cavallitte

10/27/2011 2:41:13 PM

I have a QH used for polocrosse who always wears polo wraps and bell boots .

10/27/2011 1:57:38 PM

Wraps on the Freisians and boots on the rest. It is so important to protect their legs!

10/27/2011 1:53:21 PM

No need once I started "less is more" barefoot trim

10/27/2011 1:29:25 PM

Brushing Boots

10/27/2011 5:47:59 AM

Velcro boots when go on trail to protect legs getting cut by bramble

10/27/2011 5:42:26 AM

quite straight in his movement and as a draft, is not a narrow horse

10/27/2011 5:26:52 AM

Horses all barefoot , know where their legs are and never brush or cut themselves in 8 years since

10/27/2011 5:24:51 AM

I use Pro Orthopedic boots or Dalmar Racing Boots and Pro Ortho or Dalmar bells

10/27/2011 1:40:34 AM

I use the sports boots first as they are easy to put on. I sometimes use polo wraps too.

10/26/2011 9:46:26 PM

We race in vetrap support bandages

10/26/2011 7:22:51 PM

Brushing boots on hind legs/fetlocks

10/26/2011 5:18:18 PM

Kevlar brushing boots

10/26/2011 4:13:57 PM

just normal fleece bandages.

10/26/2011 3:49:39 PM

to avoid interference injuries and provide support

10/26/2011 3:04:00 PM

professional choice ventec elites, front and back. Tried others and they did not fit correctly.

10/26/2011 2:31:57 PM

brushing boots all round

10/26/2011 1:30:27 PM

Sports medicine boots only worn during barrel racing/pole bending and over fences practice.

10/26/2011 1:17:39 PM

tendon boots or brushing boots

10/26/2011 11:09:31 AM

I think a lot of people overdress their horses.

10/26/2011 10:53:48 AM

Trail rider and have found that "booting up" helps protect against rock scraped and root punctures.

10/26/2011 10:05:09 AM

Splints and bells for added protection over old injuries.

10/26/2011 8:12:32 AM

unnecessary more often than not

10/26/2011 7:13:26 AM

brushing boots

10/26/2011 7:12:59 AM

peesbeschermers. they are like slint boots with a hard backside for impact from hindlegs

10/26/2011 6:59:59 AM

brushing boots

10/26/2011 2:17:42 AM

Dressage Sport Boots (DSBs) & sometimes bell boots

10/26/2011 12:18:42 AM

I've found Equilibirum wraps to be great as they don't hold heat as much

10/25/2011 10:58:29 PM

sliders on rear legs, smb and bell boots on front

10/25/2011 10:44:43 PM

Not doing anything to warrant any wraps..

10/25/2011 9:40:35 PM

back ankle boots

10/25/2011 8:20:05 PM

I use my barefoot, good legged horse for trail & dressage.

10/25/2011 8:09:12 PM

Jumping or flat always bell boots and eskadron open front boots and ankle boots or polos

10/25/2011 8:01:00 PM

My horse is in light work for pleasure riding and has never sustained and injury while being ridden.

10/25/2011 7:14:06 PM

My horse has a large scar on a front fetlock from an old injury, wraps just irritate him.

10/25/2011 7:07:51 PM

ankle prote3ction

10/25/2011 6:47:06 PM

Fortunately we are trail riders!

10/25/2011 6:24:54 PM

I don't think ANYONE should work their horses without some form of leg protection.

10/25/2011 5:36:00 PM

Dressage

10/25/2011 5:30:23 PM

front & hind

10/25/2011 5:24:42 PM

Polo wraps for dressage, jump boots for hacking and jumping

10/25/2011 5:22:04 PM

Leg protection only if not traveling properly

10/25/2011 5:08:43 PM

dressage boots

10/25/2011 5:00:33 PM

I either use dressage boots with fleece or polo wraps.

10/25/2011 4:52:30 PM

Always use bell boots, depending on the work level splints, polos, skid boots, smbs

10/25/2011 4:44:25 PM

Knee boots if anyone else rides him

10/25/2011 4:31:14 PM

ankle boots

10/25/2011 4:24:47 PM

eskron wraps and liners

10/25/2011 4:19:19 PM

Occasionally splint boots for training.

10/25/2011 4:14:04 PM

My horse doesn't wear shoes and nevwe has stepped on himself yet. Also, we don't exercise hard.

10/25/2011 4:06:57 PM

EASY BOOTS

10/25/2011 4:03:07 PM

Don't use wraps or boots unless really needed!

10/25/2011 3:58:44 PM

trainer uses boots, I don't

10/25/2011 3:32:17 PM

wool splint style

10/25/2011 2:56:01 PM

Hind ankle boots

10/25/2011 1:45:54 PM

I also use hoof boots as my horse gets sore sometimes due to occaisional whiteline separation

10/25/2011 11:22:32 AM

I use leg protection only if there is a specific interference problem

10/25/2011 10:33:26 AM

As an eventer, I think leg protection is important for equine athletes.

10/25/2011 10:18:42 AM