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Horse Boots

Horse boots for training, trailer transport or show jumping protect your horse's front and hind legs, prevent injuries and look smart. They are the optimal leg covers for protecting your horse.
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Horse boots offer protection

First and foremost, horse boots are designed to protect your horse's legs. When the hind legs hit the front legs when jumping, or if the horse bumps into a pole, they significantly reduce the risk of injury. If you are touring in a trailer, you can have peace of mind when your horse wears long and heavily padded travel boots for horses, even if it kicks against the trailer wall.

In terms of protection, the horse boots also offer a certain supportive effect and reduce the risk of twisting and tripping and the associated risk of injury, i.e. they act as leg protection for your horse.

The different types of boots for horses

With training & brushing boots, you have the option of choosing from soft, flexible materials or you can opt for the hard shell version. You are also free to choose the length, the type of fastening and what the inner lining of the horse boots is made of. Often the inside of the horse boots is lined with sheepskin, and the edges are often lined with foam to prevent the hard shell from rubbing against the horse's leg.

Horse traveling boots are particularly well lined and usually extend from the hoof to the carpal joint to provide maximum protection, they also need to be comfortable for your horse to wear.
Hoof boots protect the horse's hooves, they are particularly popular when jumping or working with poles to cushion the impact of the horse's hoof against the poles. Although they sit on the actual hard hoof, you will also find variants with fleece or other lining, especially on the edging, to prevent unpleasant friction between the hoof and the fetlock. In addition to their protective function, tendon boot for horses also provide support for the tendons and joints of the horse's legs, as jumping can cause considerable stress and strong exertion.

In addition to their protective effect and support, horse boots in matching colours and with the latest technology perfectly complement your riding gear and your look.

You are not allowed to use horse boots in dressage competitions. However, this only applies to the competition itself. You can still protect your horse's legs with horse boots when you are riding out beforehand or during daily training. An alternative to a horse boot is bandaging the horse's legs. This is very popular with dressage horses. However, horse boots have the advantage that they can be put on and taken off quickly. They are also easier to clean and offer good protection against kicks and knocks.

Horses with extended movements, which are desirable in dressage, are especially prone to kicking themselves in the feet or legs. Horse boots for dressage are mainly made of PVC, leather with fleece, neoprene and carbon fibre. The most comfortable, but also most expensive horse boots are those made of carbon. They are not only extremely impact resistant and easy to clean, they also provide ventilation for the horse's leg.

Horse boots are particularly important for jumping because the risk of injury is greater here. The horse can easily bump into an obstacle pole or injure itself by brushing a leg with its hoof. Horse boots for show jumping are also mainly made of PVC, neoprene, leather/fleece or carbon fibre.

Often different horse boots are used for front and hind legs. High horse boots in the front and mid-height boots in the back is a popular variation. Whether this makes sense depends on the movement behaviour of your horse. If he often brushes his hind legs with his hooves or horseshoes, you should also use high horse boots at the back.

It is important that the horse boots fit properly. They have to be the right size and put on properly. You don't have much choice when it comes to size. For horses there are "Thoroughbred", "Warmblood" and "Warmblood XL". The further adjustment to the horse's leg is done by the adjustable fasteners.

Finding the right horse boots for a Haflinger can be really difficult. If you are lucky and your Haflinger is petite, a pony horse boot might fit. The problem is usually not the length, but the width, which is often too small. On the other hand, a horse boot sized "thoroughbred" may fit a strong Haflinger. However, the boot might end up being too long, even if the width is fine.

There's no avoiding measuring and searching for the right fit for your individual horse. You have to measure the circumference of the fetlock and the height of the horse boot. It is definitely worth looking at equipment for quarter Horses. The horse boots offered there often fit Haflingers.

Horse boots are useful for eventing. The load on the horse's legs is much higher in cross-country riding than in dressage or jumping. In principle, you can use horse boots for jumping for cross-country riding, but there are also special horse boots for eventing. These are usually enclosed, but often have ventilation so that the horse's legs do not overheat. They are also available with additional carbon inserts in the tendon and cannon bone area.

If you want to buy horse boots for a cross-country test, find out beforehand what is allowed. The regulations on leg protection for horses at competitions change frequently. Without up-to-date information you may end up in violation of a rule. Of course, without the correct horse boots for eventing, you may also find yourself without leg protection for your horse.

Horses' legs, especially the tendons and the fetlock joint, are very sensitive to injury. On the one hand, these injuries can come from brushing the leg with the hoof or from hitting things like obstacle poles externally. But the tendons can also be injured by excessive strain. Horse boots or even bandages are only of limited help against such strain. In this respect, they are mainly useful for convalescents after such injuries.

Tendon boots offer the best protection against the horse's own injuries and against other external mechanical impacts. However, you must make sure that the horse boots are not too loose. If they slip down the leg, they can actually become a danger for the horse. On the other hand, horse boots must not be too tight, so that they do not cut off the blood supply to the leg.

If you are planning a cross-country ride with your horse, it is certainly a good idea to put on horse boots. However, since you probably won't be doing such extreme rides as eventers, simpler horse boots will do. It is important that they fit properly and are easy to clean. That is why PVC or neoprene boots are a good choice. They have a good price-performance ratio and are well suited for this purpose of cross-country riding.