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Re: RC: SMBs

The biggest problem I have seen with SMB is Professionals' Choice!!!!  They do
NOT seem to be customer service oriented....they do not make LONG or SHORT
girths (our arab need SHORT girths, you know...and people with large hunters
need more than a 52".  They also do not listen when I tell them their pads won;t
sell for endurance because of the heat retention.

IMO, MOST problems are rider-caused (or farrier, or breeder..bottom line is that
WE do it) and will NOT be solved with gimmicky products.


Roberta Harms wrote:

> Cat,
>   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
> crew does).
>   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.
> Roberta Harms
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