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In my understanding, no reasearch team has been able to reproduce the
results that are quoted in the ads for the Sport Medicine Boots.
In other words those results on the support capabilities of the boots might
have been skewed in some way to show a flukey positive result.
I had read this before, but Jeannie Waldron also included that in her speech
at the AERC Convention this year.
I had not been using the boots because I hated the rubs. Vaseline didn't
avoid it. Cornstarch helps a lot, but over 100 miles, I still lost hair on
the sesamoid area.
Being aware of the possible uselessness of the boots, the heat retention,
and the rubs, I did opt to use them at the Pan Am ride due to the deep sand.
I just thought it was safer. My horse had beautiful legs and no soreness or
swelling whatsoever afterwards. Possibly/probably the results would have
been the same without, but I'll never know.
I don't routinely use them. I have no problem going through water with
them. I take them off and clean them thoroughly at each stop (or my pit
If they were banned, I wouldn't be that upset. I have known others who
have had horses who got hot under them and they got sore. I have tried the
knee brace on me and at the end of a ride I have a terrible rash lasting for
a few days around my knee. The neoprene is just too hot for me.
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