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  • Open front boots for XC?

    I am looking for new boots in my new colors (navy and light blue and I found some really cute ones that have both navy and light blue on them! But they are open front boots. Is it okay to run XC in open front boots?

    Also, should I get fleece lined or Neoprene lined?
    Thanks!!
    *Paige*
    ~*It's not about the ribbons, but about the ride behind it"
    R.I.P. Teddy O'Connor

  • #2
    There is nothing that says that you can't, but I certainly wouldn't do it. You want the protection in front in case the horse raps a leg on something solid. Open fronts are for jumpers so that they feel it when they rack a rail and, hopefully, yank their legs out of the way next time.

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    • #3
      Honestly depends on your horse and the level. If he feels the need to "feel" his way around the course open fronts would not be wise, you'd hate to have him come back all scraped up just because of the boots (although might get those tootsies a bit higher ). For the lower levels most horses honestly don't even need boots, I ran my advanced horse at 2 shows with no boots because he was having some skin issues that were very uncomfortable if he got sweaty or wet under boots. But the caveat on that was this was a horse that would seriously not touch a fence, really didn't matter if he had boots or not. If your looking at boots for xc though always take neoprene over fleece, fleece will hold water and get nasty pretty darn fast.

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      • #4
        I believe Lucinda Green sometimes uses open front boots for XC. Don't quote me on that, though!

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        • #5
          Yes. And it's also okay to go without boots on XC.

          I don't put boots on my horses out of habit, especially not at the LLs. I started to put open-fronts on one of my horses at Prelim but mostly because he had a skin condition. This horse was a very experienced field hunter who did not touch fences and did not like to wear boots at all. He did not school in boots.

          I wouldn't advise fleece-lined boots for XC. Do you really want to get them wet or get stuff stuck in the fleece?

          My advice: save the money for boots and put it toward something more useful, like an extra lesson or XC school.

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            #6
            Thanks everyone! Even though I love the boots, I suppose I will go without them!!! I am so used to either wrapping or putting on some sort of boots for schooling (only go sans boots when my horse is being lazy and not picking up her feet). I might feel bad at first! This is going to be a hard habbit to break!
            *Paige*
            ~*It's not about the ribbons, but about the ride behind it"
            R.I.P. Teddy O'Connor

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            • #7
              I won't use open fronts. Ever.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Rescue_Rider9 View Post
                Thanks everyone! Even though I love the boots, I suppose I will go without them!!! I am so used to either wrapping or putting on some sort of boots for schooling (only go sans boots when my horse is being lazy and not picking up her feet). I might feel bad at first! This is going to be a hard habbit to break!

                Ah...don't feel you have to break that habit either. I ALWAYs put boots on. Why...because I've had too many vet bills from stupid cuts and scrapes and bumps that wouldn't have happened with boots on.

                Most of my horses are careful jumpers...almost to a fault. But I've had horses hit themselves when scrambling for their footing etc. I currently have one that got a puncture through a tendon to the bone.....who will now wear boots all the time...even in turn out (where he got the injury).

                There is always a debate on boots or no boots. There isn't a right or wrong answer....and pros and cons to both views. My personal view (based on my personal experience) is to boot up all the time.

                so I would get boots...but wouldn't use open front for xc.
                ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **

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                  #9
                  Alright.. Still dont know what to do, but I figure I might as well have some boots around. Does anyone know where I can get PURE navy boots? I dont want any black on them. I know I can get some SMBs in navy, but they hold water..
                  *Paige*
                  ~*It's not about the ribbons, but about the ride behind it"
                  R.I.P. Teddy O'Connor

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                  • #10
                    Ok, first of all I know how tempting it is to color coordinate EVERYTHING (trust me, my colors were/are red and black and I have black Woof boots with red tabs, red/black saddle pad, red bell boots, red buckets - I was 14, don't judge me... BUT I had a gray horse, if I got a new horse that was, say a chestnut, red probably wouldn't look very nice, but if my stuff fit it, you can be sure I would be using it!)

                    That being said, I would buy the best boots I can for my horse, regardless of color. If you have a saddle pad in your colors or bell boots in your colors and black splint/galloping boots... it's not going to matter. The boots are there to protect your horse's legs, not make a fashion statement and you might decide to change your colors again and black or white looks fine with just about any color combination you can dream up.

                    I know Davis splint boots come in pastel/light blue, but they still have black tabs and I'm pretty sure you can get Woof boots with navy tabs, but the boot body is still black... Most boots come in either or black or white, getting your heart set on another color might just end in disappointment
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                    • #11
                      I agree with the above post.....step away from the fashion statement.

                      Pick the boots that fit best and do the best job AND fit in your price range.

                      Color doesn't factor in. If you want to express your colors....do it in your saddle pad, vest, helmet etc. Many people will have black boots and if OCD, might tape them with their colors for a big event. I rarely bother even with that...and have only ever taped my boots on for a big 3-day....and then I just used black tape.
                      ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bornfreenowexpensive View Post

                        Color doesn't factor in. If you want to express your colors....do it in your saddle pad, vest, helmet etc. Many people will have black boots and if OCD, might tape them with their colors for a big event. I rarely bother even with that...and have only ever taped my boots on for a big 3-day....and then I just used black tape.
                        Ditto that. The less is more approach is much more professional and attractive. I've taped mine for big events... my boots are black because that's what they make fuzzy N.E.W boots in and they come clean easier. I taped with black electrical tape. My colours are also Navy and Baby blue. I have one piece of baby blue attire. It is a white saddle pad with baby blue piping. lol.

                        And honestly, if you are eventing where it's muddy (or ever at Rocking horse where it's orange) you will want black boots. Colours get stained on the legs very easily.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by nomeolvides View Post
                          I believe Lucinda Green sometimes uses open front boots for XC. Don't quote me on that, though!

                          And she went round Blenheim XC with NO boots at all with Miss DeMeena.

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                          • #14
                            I go with no boots. Or open fronts. or cheap boots, or porters and saratogas.

                            I remember a horse running around Rolex bootless. I watched him gallop around some corners and bushes and he tapped the wood with all four feet over both fences.

                            open fronts
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                            never had an issue with not using boots.
                            My grey horse is a clutz though so he wears boots just to stand. And a head bumper to eat. lol. j/k.

                            I agree with the colors. Black or white. : )
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                            • #15
                              I think one person commented but NO FLEECE. It holds water. Remember there will usually be some water on course (not always at BN, but usually there is at least a pass-through the water).

                              Personally I share your enthusiasm for color coordination (I have been known to vetrap my stirrups one green, one yellow... don't judge me), but I just used colored tape on the black plastic Davis bell boots and neoprene boots. If I wanted to be SUPER cool, I taped the opposite legs so my colors "flash" at the trot. (oh god did I really admit that!?)
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                              • #16
                                I've never really heard anything negative about the fact that SMBs hold water. My trainer has used them exclusively for the past 10 years and has never had an issue with them. I think a pair usually lasts her through 2 seasons or so. I would use them myself, but my horse is allergic neoprene. Unfortunately, we learned this after we already had a pair in hunter green! We then had to spring for the pricey tri-zones, since they're the only ones we could find without neoprene. I love them, though! They only come in black, and they have fantastic ventilation. If the water's at the middle or the beginning of the course, his legs are dry as a bone by the end!
                                Blue-eyed Eventers

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                                • #17
                                  Current horse usually wears open-fronts on all fours when we've schooled XC.

                                  She hates, hates, hates boots. This was as minimal as I could do for her.

                                  They have the hard shell around the tendon, so we hunt in them too for protection against cactus spines.

                                  I never boot her at home or out on our rocky, steep trails.

                                  I have forgotten to put boots on for an XC school and she was fine, but that was just BN and she seems fairly allergic to wood/stone/whatnot.
                                  ~ Horse Box Lovers Clique ~

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                                  • #18
                                    Buy what's right for your horse. Color is secondary.
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                                      #19
                                      I dont even know whats best! haha But I would never buy something base soley on color. I would make sure it did what I wanted and then get the color I want.
                                      *Paige*
                                      ~*It's not about the ribbons, but about the ride behind it"
                                      R.I.P. Teddy O'Connor

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                                      • #20
                                        I'm not a fan of open fronts on XC. I've seen horses have a few nasty rubs from them. And Rue once ended up with a stick poking out of his when we were schooling XC.

                                        That being said, it will depend a lot on what sort of footing you're working on. In our nasty mud, they seem to let too much water/mud into the boot.
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