Team ropers’ favorites.
with Brandon Beers
HORSE: Burt, 14-year-old; Annie, 8-year-old
SPLINT BOOTS: Cactus Gear Axiom Equine Sport Boot
WHY? I’ve used them for a while now. I like the Cactus Gear splint boots because I feel that they have good support for my horse’s legs, and they last a long time. The straps are nice because they’re little and they’re easy to put on. I feel like they hold everything in place really good.
MORE: $77.99; cactusgear.com; 839-569-4666
HORSE: Turbo, 7-year-old
SPLINT BOOTS: Professional’s Choice Ventech Elite Sports Medicine Boots
WHY? I love the way they fit. They are extremely durable. Everyone knows how much splint boots cost nowadays. They last, they’re easy to use. I feel like they fit, and comfort for your horse is what you’re looking for. A lot of times, the horses have to have these boots on for long periods of time, so comfort matters a lot.
MORE: $97.95; profchoice.com; 800-331-9421
HORSE: Dude, 14-year-old
SPLINT BOOTS: Iconoclast
WHY? I like the way they have a little extra protection. It seems like the strap that goes down and around the fetlock of the horse would make for more protection than a regular splint boot. It has a double-padded strap.
MORE: $79.99; westernlegacysales.com; 972-741-3513
HORSE: Starbucks, 20-year-old; Rockstar, 15-year-old
SPLINT BOOTS: Classic Legacy2
WHY? They have good support for my horse’s legs. I use the Legacy2 on the front and hinds. They seem like they fit good and they don’t have a lot of bulkiness to them. They stay in place well. They have a cradle fetlock system and it seems like the back strap doesn’t wear out. They seem to breathe pretty good as well.
MORE: $83.99; equibrand.com; 817-573-1884
HORSE: Thompson, 13-year-old
SPLINT BOOTS: Fast Back
WHY? I think they’re the best quality boots I’ve used. They last the longest out of any boots I’ve used. They breath as good as any of them do. Like any boot, I take mine off regardless because I don’t like my horses to have them on all day. The straps are right on the money—they don’t seem too long or too short.
MORE: $59.95; fastbackropes.com; 800-479-1851