Types Of Horse Boots
The Countrybase store sells a wide range of horse boots suitable for different purposes and these include:
Brushing boots, also known as splint boots, wrap around the horse's lower leg and have a padded strike pad on the inside to protect the inside of a horse's lower leg from the opposite leg or hoof brushing against or striking the leg. Brushing boots are mostly used during exercise, although they can also be used on horses turned out in the field to prevent injury. Brushing boots are most commonly made of leather, neoprene or some other synthetic material.
Exercise Wraps & Bandages
Exercise wraps and bandages give soft, flexible protection and support to the horse's legs during exercise.
Fetlock boots are used on the hind legs to protect against injuries caused to the inside of a horse's lower leg from the opposite leg or hoof brushing against or striking the leg. Fetlock boots are most often used with tendon boots for show jumping as they provide protection to the sides of the fetlock area whilst still allowing the horse to feel a pole if it brushes or knocks it with its leg whilst jumping so that is encouraged to be more careful next time.
Hoof boots offer protection to the horse's sole and are used on unshod horses, most notably during the transition period from shod to shoeless, when riding over rough terrain and for endurance or trail rides to avoid the risk of losing a traditional metal shoe, or as a temporary measure when shoes need to be removed for medical reasons or a horse has lost a shoe.
Knee boots are used to protect the horse's knees if it should fall when being ridden or whilst travelling. Knee boots are secured with a one strap just above the knee and one below.
Over Reach Boots
Over reach boots protect the horse's front heel or coronet against injury from the toe of the hind foot when a horse over-tracks.
Stable Bandages & Wraps
Stable wraps and bandages are designed to offer protection to a horse's legs from knocks and scrapes when in the stable or whilst travelling.
Tendon boots, are used on the front legs to protect the tendon area of the horse's front leg from strikes from the hind hooves that can occur when cantering or on landing whilst jumping. They also offer protection to the inside of the legs from brushing injuries. Open-fronted tendon boots provide protection to the tendons whilst still allowing the horse to feel a pole if it brushes or knocks it whilst show jumping so that it is encouraged to be more careful next time. However, closed tendon boots offering protection to the front of the leg as well as the tendon area are recommended when eventing due to the high risk of injury to the front the legs from the solid fences. Tendon boots most commonly have a hard moulded plastic outer shell but may also be made of leather or other material.
Travel boots are used to protect the horse's legs from knocks whilst travelling in horsebox or trailer. Travel boots may be simple square pads that fit around the horse's lower leg or higher shaped boots that also cover the hocks.
Turnout wraps are designed to offer protection to a horse's legs during turnout to prevent injury or mud fever.