By buying a set of protective boots following our handy checklist, you’re doing the best you can to protect your horse’s vulnerable lower legs from injuryRead More
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A pair of overreach boots can be a valuable piece of kit for your horse. They’re designed to wrap around your horse’s pastern and cover his heels offering a layer of protection should he strike into himself.
Wth so many available, here’s our pick of four of the best.
Caldene Croc Overreach Boots
These eye-catching mock crocodile pattern and patent overreach boots look great. Comfy and stylish, there’s a sheepskin collar around the top of the boots so they won’t rub your horse’s feet, as well as a double touch and close fastening to hold the boots in place.
Buy at www.harryhall.com
Woof Wear Pro overreach boots
Great for all types of ridden work including competition, the Pro Overreach Boots are both stylish and functional for everyday use. The boot not only provides protection against overreach injuries, it also comes in a variety of different colour options so you can match your boots with other products in the Colour Fusion range from Woof Wear.
For stockists www.woofwear.com
PDS Patent over reach boots
These eye-catching patent leather overreach boots are sure to turn heads. Lined with sheepskin for extra comfort they’re also great at absorbing impact to the hoof and pastern.
Complete with secure double touch tape fastening so they stay on securely, these boots won’t slip during your ride.
For stockists go to www.gfsriding.co.uk
Stretch & Flex Bell Boots
These stylish bell boots provide all-round protection from knocks, scrapes and overreach injuries.
The tough TPU and 5mm neoprene lining is designed to last as well as protect.
Whether your schooling, lungeing or out at a competition, these boots are great for any discipline.
For stockists go to www.equilibriumproducts.com
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If you're looking for a pair of boots that offer protection to your horse's legs and have the added benefit of being hi-vis, the Diamond Reflective brushing boots from Equisafety fit the bill perfectly.
They incorporate highly reflective mercury fabric that shine brightly when light hits them - a fantastic safety feature when you're riding on the roads.
The boots also have a hard strike pad plus a neoprene lying to offer protection sand padding.
They're available in pink, red or yellow in sizes pony to extra full
RRP £59.99 per pair
Buy at www.equisafety.com
This brand-new range of boots for your horse has something for every discipline - an Event boot, a Tendon boot and the all-round, low profile Hybrid which can be used for most disciplines, including dressage and racing and also as a work boot.
The innovative Pro Mesh boots are extremely breathable and have an integrated layer that offers superior airflow to cool your horse’s leg, but stops sand and dirt passing through the outer layer. They provide excellent impact and abrasion protection and are designed to stretch slightly to allow movement in the joints, offering outstanding comfort.
The Pro Mesh shell and comfort lining don’t absorb water and the hexagonal holes reduce the weight of the boot –the medium Hybrid only weighs approximately 130g per boot. No adhesives are used during production, increasing strength and durability without compromising on protection and comfort.
These boots offer a glove-like fit due to the naturally hypoallergenic polyolefin closed cell foam which is perforated to increase air flow. This material resists mould and bacterial growth and is perfect for horses with sensitive skin.
The anatomically shaped, lightweight Pebax strike guard offers exceptional protection. The strike guard is rigid where needed but flexible enough to conform to your horse’s legs and won't shatter on impact. Holes in the strike guard allow heat to escape.
Price from £48.99 and come in a range of sizes and colours.
Order online at www.kmeliteproducts.co.uk
These new boots provide cold therapy and compression to protect your horse's legs from injury and can also help the healing process if he does hurt himself.
These clever boots mimic an ice bath or cold water immersion. They work to constrict blood vessel, flush away waste products and reduce swelling.
CRYOCHAPS are easy to put on your horse and cover all the major tendons and ligaments in his lower leg.
They're made in two parts, the ice gel inner that cools your horse's leg and the neoprene outer section that provides compression.
The smooth material is part of the ice gel boot. When applied to your hors's leg it won't stick and is simple to keep clean.
Once he's wearing the boots, the gel quickly cools his legs and maintains a low temperature. the outer part of the boot is stretch neoprene, which provides a secure fit and gives compassion to help with recovery.
Price £85.50 per pair*
*price correct at time of publishing
Winner of the Your Horse magazine brushing boot Big Test that appeared in June 2017
Reviewed by Your Horse associate editor Allison Lowther
Used for four months
A smart set of boots that are quick to fit and flexible enough that they wrap around the legs well.
They're lightweight and soft, but with a good-sized padded strike pad area that covers all the vulnerable areas of your horse's lower legs.
The hook and loop straps are quick to fasten and secure, plus they wash well and dry quickly.
These are a great everyday boot for under £20, what's not to like?
Price £19.95 per pair*
*price correct at time of publishing
Reviewed by: Event rider Julia Dungworth
Used for four months
These simple and practical boots are so easy to put on and they mould to the legs surprisingly well. The single wrap fastening holds the boots in place really well.
These boots have a good sized strike pad and offers a good level of protection for all activities such as hacking, schooling and show jumping.
The bit added benefit of these boots is they're reflective and when out hacking appear to catch the drives eye. I noticed drivers slowing down sooner when my horse was wearing these boots.
They wash really well and show no signs of wear after four months' use.
A very good price for boots that offer good proaction, high-vis and are easy to use.
Price £24.95 per pair*
*price correct at time of publishing
A good set of boots will offer your horse protection in all the right places. The new ARMA Cross Country Boots from Shires Equestrian look great and are designed designed to offer 360 protection.
These stylish, contoured boots are lightweight, durable and flexible to allow your horse to move freely.
They are available for front and hind legs and will protect joints and tendons from knocks whilst your horse is going cross country.
Tendon shields on the front boots protect both the digital flexor tendons and suspensory ligaments from over extension of the hind legs. There's also padding at the front of the boots to protect the legs from bruising.
On the hind boots tendon shields protect the cannon bones and common digital extensor tendons from hard knocks and if your horse hits a fence.
The boots also have ARMORTEX abrasion resistant strike pads and a breathable cooling system to keep your horse comfortable.
Size: Cob, full, extra full
Price £43.50* (front boots), £41.99 (hind boots)*
For more information and to find your nearest stockist visit www.shiresequestrian.com
*prices correct at time of publishing
Reviewed by: Your Horse Associate editor, Allison Lowther.
Used for: Four months
These boots truly are lightweight, your horse won't know he's wearing them.
They fit really well and are shaped to wrap around your horse’s legs. The design at the front allows your horse to move freely.
The fastenings were a little fiddly to do up, but once adjusted they held the boots securely in place.
These boots offer all-round protection and the soft lining adds to the comfort. My horse’s legs remained cool and not sweaty even after fast work.
They are so easy to clean and dry really quickly too.
If you're on the look-out for a quality pair of boots that are suitable for all disciplines, these boots fit the bill perfectly.
These boots are available in black or white, in sizes S to XL
Price £39.95 a pair *
For further information visit www.equilibriumproducts.com
*price correct at time of publishing
Ice-Vibe boots are rechargeable vibrating boots that boost circulation in horse’s legs. Specifically designed to achieve better results to using just ice.
Ice on its own reduces blood flow and numbs the nerves in the area, and is in danger of making legs too cold, causing the lymph system to slow down and reduce blood flow so severely that further damage is caused and healing is compromised. Ice-Vibe does the exact opposite.
They combine the effects of cooling and massage therapy to effectively treat strains, ligament and tendon damage. The boots can be used with and without cold packs to reduce swelling and stimulate blood flow.
Cooling slows down blood flow to prevent swelling, while the massage effect encourages lymph to move, draining inflammation and stimulating repair to damaged tissue. The vibration mimics the effect of a horse walking quietly in the field, making them perfect for horses on box rest.
Using the boots before exercise can help reduce the risk of injury as increasing blood flow to the tendons and ligaments makes them more elastic. Everyday wear and tear on joints can be managed with daily use of the boots, and rehabilitation through injury can be achieved more quickly.
Testimonial from top eventer William Fox Pitt:
"The Ice Vibe boots are an excellent cold therapy system. We use the boots on the horses after strenuous exercise and find them to be very effective and easy to use. The newly developed longer boots are ideal for hind legs and the horses appear to be very comfortable wearing them. In my opinion they are the most effective and user friendly way of cooling."
Testimonial from top western rider Clint Allen:
"Ice-Vibe therapy has been great for our horses. Tendon care and maintenance is always a top priority for us because of the stress cutting can have on our horse’s legs. We run the Ice-Vibe several days a week on all of our horses in training. It not only helps to alleviate soreness, but also helps to prevent injuries by increasing circulation. It’s a great product that is easy to pack up and take on the road to shows. The horses enjoy it and I can rest easy knowing their legs are being taken care of."
Ice-Vibe boots break with the conventional treatments for tendon repair, offering a real healing solution for horses with leg problems rather than the use of an invasive or painful treatment. Traditional tendon treatments, such as blistering and pin-firing are increasingly recognised as cruel, while other treatments such as stem cell and PRP treatment are very expensive. Ice-Vibe provides a non-invasive, effective rehabilitation method that encourages the horse’s own healing.
Easy to use and affordable, Ice-Vibe is a product that every rider at every level and in every discipline should have in their kit: it’s a product that can fundamentally improve and prolong the lives and careers of horses.
The Ice-Vibe boots are available in hock, knee and tendon fit.
RRP £194.95- £204.95
To find out more visit www.horseware.com
A pair of overreach boots are designed to protect your horse from injuring himself. Overreaching is when the toe of the hind hoof strikes the back of the front foot. It can cause severe bruising, abrasions and sometimes nasty cuts into the delicate heel area.
Overreach boots wrap around your horse’s pasterns, covering and protecting his heels. Many boots use modern materials that provide the best possible protection.
There’s lots of choice when it comes to picking a pair of these protective boots, so we’ve picked our favourite three to make your decision a little easier.
Tri-Zone Overreach Boots
These boots have been developed to be extremely hard-wearing boot that offers safe protection from over reach injuries. The carefully designed shape of this innovative boot minimises the risk of your horse treading on the boot and tripping. They have a super tough strike guard to protect the heel area and an anti-spin button to help hold them in place.
Price £27.95 *
Woof Wear Smart sheepskin overreach boots
Designed to provide exceptional protection to the delicate heel and pastern area, these boots have a Poron Xrd foam in the key strike area which on impact stiffens to give added protection. An anti-spin device ensures a secure fit whilst the super soft sheepskin collar makes the boot comfortable to wear as well as additional protection to the pastern area.
Price £40 *
Veredus Piaffe Shield
A unique looking overreach boot designed to provide total protection to your horse’s heels. These close-fitting boots are anatomically shaped to stay securely in place and have two protective bulbs covering the vulnerable bulbs of the heels. Quick release, double fastenings ensure the boots don’t move at all.
If you're on the hunt for a great looking set of tendon and fetlock boots that mould to the shape of your horse's legs look no further than the Elico Memory Foam tendon and fetlock boots.
The soft lining conforms to the shape of your horse's legs so he stays comfortable and you get the best possible fit too.
Both pairs of boots have a toughened outer shell to provide protection from knocks and bumps.
To find out more visit www.elico.co.uk
Tested by: Your Horse Gear Guide Editor, Allison Lowther
These boots cleverly deliver cool therapy and massage which you can use together or individually.
I’ve used these mainly as part of my daily routine as a massage boot which I used before work to try and maintain my horse’s legs. They're great way to start the warming up process before I get on and hopefully avoid injuries.
If the ground is hard I use them again after work with the cool pad on with massage again.
They fit neatly and securely around your horse’s legs. They’re well-made and a great piece of kit to use on a daily basis or have in your tack room to use after hard work or if your horse has banged himself.
*Price at time of publishing - April 2016
For total comfort and protection while your horse is travelling Premier Equine have developed the Knee Pro-Teque travel boots. They are shaped to conform to your horse’s legs for a close fit and held securely in place with elasticated Velcro straps. To help your horse’s legs stay at comfortable temperature the main body of the boots is made from Airtechnology fabric. This perforated shockproof material allows air to circulate and heat to escape. It’s the integrated high-rise knee design on the front boots that makes these boots look a little different, but they’re designed to protect your horse’s delicate knees from injury. This part of the boot is made up of a number of shockproof layers for the best possible protection. They also have Microfiber leather guards for additional protection to the pastern area.
Price £79.99* (set of 4)
*Price correct at time of publishing
The Therapeutic Support Boot Air from Zandona, features 18 magnets to provide natural therapeutic support to the suspensory ligaments and tendons and help reduce swelling.
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Features: The Veredus Stable Boot has a breathable Aerox outer, removable cotton padded inner with 300g fill, Velcro fastenings, hand washable.
Designed to: Provide support and warmth, reduce swollen or filled legs.
Colours: Black outer, grey inner pads.
Sizes: Front S – L, rear S – L.
Price: Front pair £52; Rear pair £55.30
Stockists: 01246 281900 or www.veredus.it
Veredus Magnetic Stable Boots
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Features: Veredus Magnetic Stable Boots are designed and shaped to hug your horse's leg, which provides support to tendons. The outer foam breathable and the cotton padded liners can be removed for washing. The boot contains powerful magnetic multi-pole neodymium plates along with the tendon and fetlock area. These magnetic plates can help to slow down tissue degeneration, accelerate the removal of toxins, relaxing muscles and helping to reduce swelling.
These boots are ideal to use as a protective measure and can also help ease stiffness or sore joints.
Sizes: Small, Medium and Large
Price for front boots: £109
Price for back boots: £119