From overreach to tendon – buyers guide for horse boots

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There’s a huge range of boots on the market these days and it can be difficult to decide which style is right for your horse.

Brushing boots

A good place to start is with a quality set of brushing boots, on both the front and hind legs.

A brushing boot is primarily designed to protect the inside of the cannon bone and fetlock from concussion should their legs get a bit close and knock together.

The benefit of a brushing boot, though, is that it offers protection to a wide area of the leg and is suitable for all disciplines. They are perfect for hacking on all terrains and also fine for low-level jumping.

Overreach boots  

The majority of overreach boots on the market are made from neoprene, ballistic nylon, Kevlar or rubber. 

There are two styles – bell boots that wrap around the hoof, or anti-spin, which have a nodule that sits between the bulbs of the heel to stop the boot spinning around the foot. 

It’s a good idea to get overreach boots if your horse is a Thoroughbred as they are notorious for pulling off shoes. 

Look for a pair that are deep enough to cover the back of your horse’s heels, but not too long or else he might stand on them and trip.

Discipline-specific

If you’re jumping above 90cm, it’s a good idea to invest in some discipline-specific boots. For showjumping, tendon boots with an open front allow the horse a better sense of proximity to a pole, which may roll and incur penalties. 

If going cross-country, seek out a good-quality, well-fitting pair of purpose-specific cross-country boots.

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