Leg Protection

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

Polo wraps
Sports medicine boots
Splint boots
Bell boots
Other (please specify)
My horse doesn't wear any leg protection

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


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


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


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