Consider these points and then choose the best way for your horse to protect its legs.
Horse boots and fetlock boots are the most popular protectors for the horse's legs. They are easy to use and care for. There are different types such as hard shell boots, jumping boots, fetlock boots, boots that protect the inside of the hind fetlock or shorter boots that enclose a larger area of the fetlock head. Tip: You can also use " standard" boots designed for front legs on the hind legs.
Bandages take a little more time to put on your horse. However, you can protect a large area of the horse's legs with bandages. For example, you can enclose the entire fetlock head and protect the entire tubular bone down to below the carpal or tarsal joint. Bandages can also be easily washed in the washing machine.
If your horse overreaches with its hindquarters or is not yet able to keep its balance well (young horses), bell boots are often used to prevent ball kicks. Bell boots also protect part of the fetlock bend from injury. They also prevent your horse from kicking its shoe.
Stable boots are used for if the horse tends to hit the wall of the stall or when horses fight with the neighbouring horse in the paddock.
Travel boots protect the horse's legs from the carpal or tarsal joint down to the ground. Restless standing horses can be adequately protected without restricting circulation. These boots are therefore also suitable for longer journeys.