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Splint boots/wraps for dressage?

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  • Splint boots/wraps for dressage?

    I am looking to get some splint boots/wraps for riding dressage, as I am getting sick of wrapping and unwrapping my polo wraps. Maybe help me out and tell me what your favorite brand of wraps are and why?

    Thank you!

  • #2
    I normally buy the DSB (Dressage Sport Boots) but honestly, I am a sucker for deals so I buy what is on sale. Really just a boot that has the fleece liner and is easier to clean than polos . When I hear splint boots I think jumpers.
    Welcome to my dressage world http://www.juliefranzen.blogspot.com/


    • #3
      The dover sport boots are good too, I like the neoprene lined ones unless you can afford the real sheepskin lined ones. Neoprene are easier to clean, and the fake fleece heats up comparably to the neoprene. If you are hard on your boots or have wet footing, WOOFs hold up really well.
      When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.


      • Original Poster

        Originally posted by Dressage_Julie View Post
        When I hear splint boots I think jumpers.
        I do too! I just wanted to make sure fellow COTHers knew I was look for boots for my HORSE and not me


        • #5
          Really love my Toklat Valena's, though they can be pricey:

          Even more money are these, but I am very into the idea of keeping the legs cool these days: https://shop.horsemensoutlet.biz/ist...d=430101!WORLD

          Any of these work: http://www.horseboots.com/1dressage.htm

          I also like these and they are easier to clean than they look:http://www.equestriancollections.com...upcode=WB01243

          Good prices on several options here: http://www.classicsaddlery.com/bootshorse/exercise.htm
          OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


          • #6
            I love the Euro Pro / Askans -- great quality, last forever, can wash hot/ Have had front and hinds for my TB who interferes behind for 7 years, they are still nice.

            However, I found that the Adelaide, Intec Boots are much cheaper at the same quality. http://www.smartpakequine.com/Produc...ctclassid=2594
            I don't know yet about longevity, only had them for a few months, but so far they wash very nicely and come out looking like new. (The Dovers are thick and stiff, I really don't like them.)

            EDITED TO ADD: The Intec Boots velcro does NOT hold up. Boots come off during exercise. Haven't even had these for a full year. The above mentions Euro Pros/Askans are still going strong!
            Last edited by InsideLeg2OutsideRein; Feb. 16, 2011, 05:26 PM.
            "Reite dein Pferd vorwärts und richte es gerade.” Gustav Steinbrecht


            • #7
              while I am not a "dressage only" person, (I event) I would second the WOOF boots. Mine have gone through hell and back and still look good for shows. I also like the Pegasus boots, since they give suspensory support. I have a pair for my big horse and they fit her wonderfully.

              These are what I use on my TB for the front. I've had them for 5+ years, and yes some wear and tear but not much considering I use them every day, out on hacks/cross country, ect. http://www.doversaddlery.com/woof-al...04348/cn/1665/

              For behind: http://www.doversaddlery.com/woof-si...04484/cn/1665/ These held up better than my front boots, just the straps and such but if you dont want to fork over the money or if you prefer the 2 strap boots.

              For my new big horse, I use the Pegasus boots. They are WONDERFULL!!!!! I like them much more than the Professionals Choice Sports Medicine Boots. I got my Pegasus boots at an expo. They are also nice because they fit my big boned 16.3 hand horse and my 15.1 quarter horse. I have the "air boot". http://www.pegasusnw.net/COLOR%20AND...BOOT%20WEB.htm

              I think its highly a matter of what you like and what fits your horse.


              • #8
                I like the Woof double locks--they lasted the longest of any boot I had, but they also are hot.

                The dsbs/dovers, etc., don't last very long. I've never had a set last longer than six months because of the vinyl cracking. I don't know if that's due to the weather here (arid/dry) or whether it's from washing them in the machine. Needless to say, I bought a couple of sets of four of Professional Choice leather sport boots (and will wash them in the machine with leather wash/hang dry) but haven't used them yet. My friend who has them has been using them since Thanksgiving and they still look new, whereas the DSBs I bought at the same time are falling apart. These type of boots are not as hot as the woofs.

                Because my horse travels close, I'm also interested in the hardshell boots. Veredus makes one for dressage called the Piaffe, with a breathable neoprene lining. However, at $400 a set, I just can't bring myself to buy them! LOL!


                • #9
                  I really like the Woof Sport (or sometimes called Club) boots. At under $30 you can't really go wrong, and they come in fun colors if you want to deviate from black and white! I like them especially since I sometimes warm up or cool down by going for a quick trail ride, and they don't slip around in the mud or water.


                  • #10
                    I only use the Equilibriums now. They are easy to put on and wash very well. All the other boots just sit in the cupboard and don't get used.
                    Summit Sporthorses Ltd. Inc.
                    "Breeding Competition Partners & Lifelong Friends"


                    • #11
                      unless your horse interferes, do him a favor and don't boot him. Boots do nothing to "support" tendons or ligaments (ask your vet), and only hold heat in, which render them more likely to tear or strain.

                      Boots or wraps are great for protection against interfering or banging legs against jumps, etc. Otherwise they are counterproductive.
                      The big man -- my lost prince

                      The little brother, now my main man


                      • #12
                        I used to use the DSBs but my horse got fungus on the front of his hind cannon bones and it took forever to get rid of it. Now I only use them when we are working in the fields or going for a hack. I don't need them for arena work because he doesn't interfere.


                        • #13
                          I use the Pelham-Ascot washable dressage boots. Tackliquidators on Ebay has them and also Tack of the Day has them from time to time. They hold up really well, even wash after wash. Nice fleece on the inside. I also bought a pair of the actual DSB sport boots and I don't like them nearly as much as the Pelham-Ascots. The elastic on the DSBs just wasn't stretchy enough.


                          • #14
                            Try Retacked on Ebay too...can usually find what you need there. The Pelham Ascot boots were a good idea!


                            • #15
                              I just got a set of baby pink pelham ascot boots on ebay and love them! I also have DSB's, t-foam open front and ankle boots, and classic equine legacy sport boots. I like them all!


                              • #16
                                I've been eyeing the stretch & flex. Do they offer any support? Is there any irritation post use? Those of you that have them; Do you use them front only or all around?

                                I have valenos and they are OK, not overly impressed. I'm looking to upgrade.


                                • #17
                                  I have the DSBs for my mare. My gelding always inherits stuff from horses I no longer have or things the aforementioned moose has outgrown. He has the Dover Sport boots. I've had them with the fleece lining and with the neoprene lining. I much prefer the fleece. He has some Woof boots that are ok. He also has some ThinLine boots. The ThinLines are my favorite of his collection of boots!

                                  I prefer to bandage, as I worry about leg fungus and I just wash the bandages after each ride. This being said, I really want to try the Ecogold dressage boots!


                                  • #18
                                    I use the equilibrium stretch and flex (not the ones shaped like a PC boot with the strap under the fetlock, just the "plain" ones).

                                    As someone said above, NO BOOT offers actual support. They only can offer protection. I only use them behind, and not every ride, because my horse occasionally will interfere behind. I bought 4 whites to use for clinics and such only because polos are a PITA. My main concern is the occasional brush, not consistent interference, because they are not heavy and do not have a strike plate. However with all the increasing evidence of heat build up being bad, bad, bad for tendons/ligaments, I wanted maximum lightness/coolness.

                                    I love them--they wash well, look nice, offer the amount of protection I need, and do not rub, hold in heat, etc.
                                    From now on, ponyfixer, i'll include foot note references.


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by asterix View Post
                                      unless your horse interferes, do him a favor and don't boot him. Boots do nothing to "support" tendons or ligaments (ask your vet), and only hold heat in, which render them more likely to tear or strain.

                                      Boots or wraps are great for protection against interfering or banging legs against jumps, etc. Otherwise they are counterproductive.
                                      This. I use polos for clinics, and NEW boots for jumping anything over 2' or when my young horse was learning about round pens. Aside from that, they go naked.


                                      • #20
                                        I use the stretch and flex, too and they are the only boot that doesn't rub my horse's fur and that he doesn't mind wearing. He's rather funny about his legs. He will tolerate whatever but he'll let you know if he doesn't like something (stomping foot, not standing still etc.). I like these because they're breathable and don't trap much heat.

                                        I have seen my horse brush his leg during lateral work when he's lost his balance for a moment and these have protected him from that. If he really interfered I don't think they would hold up. I don't use them for trail rides for that reason.