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.
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.
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.
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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