Horse boots are a way to prevent horses from injuring or cutting their legs and heels. Choosing the right leg protection for your horse is important but not all horses need leg protection. A well-balanced conformation and proper shoes are the key to avoiding leg injuries but many young horses who are not yet moving correctly will find equine boots invaluable.
Brushing boots are the most commonly seen boots used by horse owner. As the name suggests, the aim of these boots is to prevent legs from rubbing against each other. These boots are used for both front and hind although many people prefer the lighter fetlock boot for hind legs. Brushing boots are often a useful boot for young horses in training.
Tendon boots are usually open-front and are often used by showjumpers. They protect the front legs from any strike from the back.
Over-reach boots are traditionally made from rubber and are a way to prevent injuries if the hind legs steps on the heel or fetlock of the front leg. They are only used in front legs and are an affordable way to protect your horses feet outdoors. You should select the version with Velcro fastening as this is safer were the horse to get caught.
Knee and hock boots are seldom seen in horse riding and are more commonly used when transporting a horse. They are also used in road work.
A sausage boot is usually rubber and ring-shaped protection against impact on the coronet of the leg. These boots are used in hind legs.
Travel boots are long and padded boots designed to protect your horse when travelling. If you do not own a pair of travel boots, you can give our horse some extra protection by using leg pads and bandages.
Choosing the right leg protection for your horse is important as it will prevent injuries and cuts from occurring. Many owners use horse boots even when their horse does not really need them as they feel they have to take every precaution to protect their pet. When choosing equine boots make sure to fit them properly to ensure that they are neither too tight nor too loose.
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