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Leg Wraps: Richland Boots

By Joanna Byrne

I have never been crazy about sports medicine boots. Since my first horse was allergic to neoprene, I avoided it, even when lined with something. I quickly drifted toward polo wraps, and have used them successfully for about eighteen years. My biggest concern with polos is that they offer minimal impact protection for horses that over reach or crossfire. However, they have been adequate protection and budget friendly for the horses I have that tear through wraps regularly.


I have looked for several years at padding options that go under polos, and finally purchased a set of Richland boots. Here I will list my impressions of them through the process.


Round 1

Initially, I was surprised at how light they were. I had expected them to feel heavier, despite knowing their actual weight.

I attempted to fit them to Leonidas (Primoris Prognatus), using vet wrap as I do not yet have a set of Saratoga wraps. Fortunately, he is more patient with me than I was with the boots. In attempting to get them situated to determine if they needed trimming, I managed to tear one of them… Not the best first impression, but I reminded myself they were second-hand new and had been in storage for a few years.20180802_203947

I decided they were a project for another day and rode for what little daylight was left without them.

Round 2

After trimming the torn front ones down where I should have cut them to start with, and leaving my Richland boots rolled up and wrapped in vet wrap for a few days, they were easier to manage and successfully set them up on my boy’s front legs. I did not finish trimming them yet since they were close to fitting. I secured them with vet wrap, then added a standing style polo over them in the front because I was planning on doing some work that would have a high risk of my brand new boots getting torn up. Polos are hands down too bulky over them, I’ll be pulling out some track wraps until I get Saratoga wraps.

First Impressions


Leonidas was not fussy about them like he is with boots that have a noticeable weight to them, and he was more comfortable crossing over on his spins. After we rode, the Richland boots were soft and had shaped nicely to his legs. I got a good idea of where I need to trim them now that they are leg-shaped.

Round 3

I trimmed the fronts, the backs were perfect, and we had a nice work on fence day. After the ride, I decided that the fronts will need a little more trimming, maybe a half inch, and should be perfect. I am quite pleased with them, they did not pick up a lot of dirt, and were easy to clean.

I am satisfied with the Richland boots for the short term and will give my long-term impressions of them after I use them for a while. Time is the best determination of value for the dollar spent.


Contender ThinLine / Back On Track Western Saddle Pad Review

By Joanna Byrne

I will not market a product that I have not used myself. I am very serious about that – if I don’t believe in it, why should I try to talk you into buying it? So, that said, here is my review of the Contender pad.

I spent one playday switching between Leonidas (Primoris Prognatus) with a Contender pad and Tier (Tiers of Lords) with a Zone pad. I love the Zone pads – seriously, I am not knocking them, I own four – but the Contender pad blew me out of the water.

The Contender is a joint venture between ThinLine and Back On Track. I do not own a trailer load of BOT, like just about every other barrel racer I know, in fact, this pad is my first BOT product.


So what has me sold on it?

Leonidas has an issue when we run with the hair on his shoulders looking carpet burned. The pad I have had the most success with (until now) was the Zone pad. (Before anyone screams saddle fit, my Custom Ryon saddle fits him like a glove.) I’ve never had white spots, but when those curled hairs show up, he’s a little touchy and pissy about it – I don’t blame him either. With the Contender pad I saw three things that sold me on it:

First off, my saddle fit better with the Contender under it that it has with anything else. There is zero obstruction to saddle fit from this pad. My seat felt much like my close-contact hunt saddle, which I really like.


Second, in going back and forth between the two horses with two different pads, I noted considerably less saddle movement on Leonidas than on Tier. They are similarly built, the saddles are as close to identical as two hand-made saddles by the same saddle maker can be, both saddles fit both horses well, and both were cinched with ThinLine girths. A marked difference being that Tier is not quite running and turning as hard as Leonidas, so I expect less saddle movement on him. Except, comparing the two, I had more sway with Tier, without the ThinLine pad, than I had with Leonidas.

Third, and most telling, after some pretty stunning runs from both boys, when I pulled the saddle off of Leonidas I saw with 100% certainty that I would be riding that Contender pad from now on. He had zero burned hair, no dry spots, and no tender spots.


So, I’m sold on them. I also like the option of being able to shim the pad for minor differences in fit, as well as it being machine washable.

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