I came away from schooling with some interesting gear observations that I wanted to share. More comparisons to other types of boots and half pads than review, since I have reviewed both of these things before: Supracor, Majyk Equipe XC Boots
First, boots. I have lamented my boot woes here before, how he goes in plain three strap neoprene WoofWear fronts because I still haven't found an XC front that is small enough for him in height.
On the hinds, he was wearing his Majyk Equipe XC boots. Which I love. A lot.
(I haven't given up on my campaign to get ME to make a small XC front, although I understand why they don't. Especially after the performance of their boots today, I would pay them a whole lot of money to custom make me a set.)
This was a particularly great boot test, because one of the first things we did on our 2.5 hour XC school was the water complex, and also, the ground was pretty muddy in spots. This is what the boots looked like when we got back to the trailer:
And this is what he looked like under the boots:
|Fronts: soaking wet|
|Hinds: I realize the tail got in the way, but they're almost totally dry.|
I didn't get a picture of this, but the inside of the Majyk Equipe boots were bone dry, and the inside of the WoofWears were still soaking wet after all that time. My horse had soaking wet neopene against his skin for two straight hours, and it was hot under those boots too. If ever there was an argument against using something soft, squishy and not breathable on my horse, that is it.
And on the same subject, I put his Supracor half pad on under my saddle to give him some extra shock absorption, no cover, as well as my Lettia CoolMax pad. Guess what else was bone dry?
His back. The other horses with various other types of popular half pads definitely had some sweat marks, but aside from his girth, Connor looked like he'd been standing around for the past couple of hours and not schooling cross-country.
All in all, I'm happy with the performance of the gear I've consciously chosen (Supracor and Majyk Equipe) and unhappy with the gear I am stuck with due to a lack of alternatives (Woof Wear).
|The floor of the trailer after an XC school. Are we eventers or what?|