1) Boots offer protection to the horse's legs.
|Cute in his fluffy boots|
I can get behind that. To me, it makes sense to put a horse in front boots regardless. That's a horrific injury that a $20 set of boots can prevent. I like those odds. It's probably not a big deal if you only ride on level, groomed surfaces, but given that Cuna and I spend most of our time trying to escape that environment, we go with it.
That said, putting dirty, sweaty boots on is disgusting and unsanitary. That means after pretty much every usage, I have to scrub the boots. In an effort to save labor, I quit putting hind boots on Cuna this past summer.
|Hind boots for a reason.|
He interferes behind.
Boots it is.
|Fluffy bell boots for a red princess|
So there it is. Cuna goes in full boots or wraps every time he works, plus bell boots. He also gets bell boots for turnout if I have a reason to think he'll act like a nutter. It's a philosophy that works for me. What are some other boot ideas that work for you? Does anyone not use them?