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Online Tack and Horse Equipment Guide: Belly Guard

Oct-11

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Belly guardAs the sport of show jumping has grown, certain items of tack that once looked peculiar have become more familiar to the average equestrian. Such is the case with the belly guard. At first glance the belly guard looks like a shield to save the horse’s underside from bumps and scrapes obtained while scrambling over difficult jumps. But that’s not the case. Many sport horses competing in jumping and eventing have caulks or studs temporarily screwed into their shoes. They act like cleats to provide traction and stability, especially when the course is set on grass or damp, heavy dirt. When these equine athletes snap up their knees to clear the jumps, they often smack their undersides with their front shoes. That can leave painful marks from the caulks and studs. The belly guard prevents that. Made from thick padded leather, belly guards can either be buckled onto a standard English girth or incorporated into one already designed for high-performance competition.

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Emma    Winter Park, FL

10/23/2011 3:06:26 PM

Wow I never knew that!

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