Monday, July 19, 2010

Horse Boots That Provide Support?

Does anyone out there know a brand of horse leg boots that actually provide some support to tendons and ligaments, and not just protection from overreach and interference injuries (my Eskadron gel boots are good for that)? I know that a horse can incur tendon and ligament injuries regardless of protective/supportive boots, but Maisie would benefit, I think, from some suspensory support to allow her to do normal work. I have some old Sports Medicine II boots that probably help as they do have a lower strap that is supposed to provide some suspensory support, but they're very bulky and also don't have good ventilation. I can't imagine that having overheated legs on these hot days is doing her ligaments any good.

Any and all thoughts are appreciated.

9 comments:

  1. A blogger friend, On the Bit, likes the Pegasus Air Boots for her horse that has tendon issues...

    http://onthebit.wordpress.com/2010/01/21/product-review-pegasus-air-boots/

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  2. I've heard good things about Legacy boots, though I've never used them. I also like good old fashioned polo wraps for support-when properly applied, I think they work as well as anything for supporting the lower leg, and they don't trap heat so much. I have a pair from SmartPak that is quilted on the inside (the part that wraps around the horse's leg) and a stretchy, elastic like material outside, which allows it to be wrapped a bit tighter and I think offers more support. Honestly though, I don't know how much support boots and wraps ultimately provide. I think the jury is still out:)

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  3. I, too, have heard that SMB's provide suspensory support, and that's what I've been using on Maddie as she recovered from whatever her injury was this spring. Although I agree that they do build up heat, I think of it as a "hot pack" during the work (to increase blood supply), then I do a cold soak afterward (to minimize inflammation)--just like my physical therapist did for my elbow and shoulder last winter... Don't quote me, however--I'm certainly not an expert.

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  4. I use SMB Elite's, they are better then the SMB II's, they do provide a lot of support, and they have come out with a new one that I believe is supposed to breathe better. They are called SMB Ventech Elite. I think when I order a pair for Chance, I will try those. I have always liked SMB's, they hold up really well, and give better support then a lot of the other boots.

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  5. Sport med boots are all I can think of.let us know what you do find

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  6. I have had 3 pairs of SMB Elites and while they fit great...the velcro straps wear quickly. I have contacted the company multiple times to no avail, and finally decided to try others boots. The Pegasus...ugh...they get wet, they retain it and are like a soggy diaper. They also seem big for the average horse leg. The best so far for wear and tear and fit...The Legacy Boots. I have had my current pair for about 6 months and put on lots of miles...they are holding up great, wash up well, and no wear on the velcro. Happy shopping!

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  7. OOOHHH good luck with this one. I will be very interested in what you find. I have had two friends who have had ligament problems in horses from using the SMB Elites from the amount of heat they build up. I know a few people who put them on for while they are in the competition ring and then take them off the moment they leave the ring. These people are doing campdrafting, team penning, barrels etc

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  8. My vet says he only recommends SMB's when horses are rehabbing from a tendon injury, otherwise open-front Eskadron-type is what he recommends for support and protection.

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  9. Just be sure to size them correctly. They don't work well if they aren't sized for your horse. All the stores around here carry one size, and the SMB Elite's I use for my 15.2 HH horse do not fit my 14.1 HH QH. If I get some new ones, they'll be the new ventilated ones and sized appropriately.

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