Horse Boots 101

Horse Boots 101

A horse’s lower leg is vulnerable to injury from blunt, self-inflicted trauma. So, protecting and supporting them with horse boots as the horse undergoes strenuous activity make the difference between a healthy and a hobbled horse.

You need to consider the type of work your horse is doing and identify the issues he has while doing it. Our blog will help you determine what type of boots will work best for your horse depending on his job.


LeMieux Impact Responsive Tendon Boots

Tendon Boots protect the tendon area of the horse's front leg from strikes from the hind hooves that can occur when the hind leg extends forward towards the front leg such as when cantering or on landing whilst jumping.

Look out for: The open-fronted style tends to be the most popular as they provide protection to the tendons whilst still allowing the horse to feel a pole if it brushes or knocks it whilst jumping so that is encouraged to be more careful next time.

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  Weatherbeeta Pro Air Fetlock Boots  

Fetlock Boots protect the fetlock joint area of the horse's hind leg from the opposite leg or hoof from brushing against or striking the leg. Mainly used for all types of jumping.

Look out for: Neoprene linings that are perforated with tiny holes as these are breathable.

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Brushing Boots protect the bone in the lower leg from bruising when one leg 'brushes' against the inside of the other leg. Most commonly used for schooling.

Busse St.Georges Brushing Boots

Look out for: Fleece lined boots for added comfort and extra padding.  

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Weatherbeeta Bell Boots

Over Reach Boots protect the horse's heel and hoof when the horse's hind leg comes up further under himself and faster than the front leg moves forward, causing him to "over reach" the front leg heel with his hind hoof. A frequently used boot for all types of riding and turn out.
Look out for: No-turn style that stays in place.
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Kim Horton

Co-Founder of EQUUS and a keen equestrian, when Kim's not at her desk she's with her horse, Waldo.


  • Christine Shubrook posted on April 20 2019 at 06:04 PM

    Within your boot blog I noticed that the fetlock boots in the picture were the sort that illegal for young horse and other qualifying classes under BS rules. Here is a copy and paste from the rule book. I thought you might like to point this out to some of your readers, in case they are looking to buy new boots with these classes in mind.

    Boots & Bandages on horses and ponies (including but not limited to
    Tendon boots, Brushing boots & Fetlock boots) with rigid or semi-rigid plastic
    or foam inserts concealed or not concealed underneath the inner lining and or
    boots that apply or have the potential to apply direct pressure to the tendon
    are not permitted to be used anywhere on the showground. Failure to comply
    will incur disqualification. Disqualification from either the competition or
    disqualification from taking any further part in the show will be at the discretion
    of the Stewards or Lead Official in accordance with rule 96.
    15 British Showjumping Horse Boot/Leg Protection Ruling
    1 The following FEI Ruling is applicable for the following British Showjumping
    competitions: -
    • Senior British Novice Second Rounds
    • Senior Discovery Second Rounds & Final
    • Senior Newcomers Second Rounds & Final
    • Foxhunter Second Rounds & final
    • Talent Seekers Qualifers & Final
    • Plus all horse & pony Age Classes
    • All National Pony Competitons
    • Children on Horses
    2 The total maximum weight of equipment allowed to be added to a horse’s leg;
    front or hind (single or multiple boots, fetlock rings etc), is 500g.
    3 All hind leg protections must have a maximum interior length of 16cm and a
    minimum exterior width of 5cm.
    4 The inside protection must be smooth and the fixings must be made of non
    elastic Velcro type fasteners with no hooks or straps permitted.
    5 The rounded rigid part of the protection must be placed around the inside
    of the fetlock. No additional elements may be used in conjunction with the
    6 Hind boots for classes under this rule that have an extra flap for protection
    should be allowed providing the flap is soft and clearly intended for protection
    7 Fetlock rings may be used in addition for protective purposes providing
    they are properly adjusted and providing the total weight of equipment on the
    horse’s leg does not exceed 500 grams.
    8 No additional elements may be used in conjunction with the protection as
    detailed above.
    9 Failure to comply will incur disqualification.
    Note: Hind boots for classes under this rule that have an extra flap
    for protection should be allowed providing the flap is soft and clearly
    intended for protection only.
    Note B: Bandages may be worn in substitution of the above boots. Boots
    and bandages may NOT be worn together.

  • Sarah Mortimer posted on April 20 2019 at 06:04 PM

    Might be worth adding new regulations about elasticated straps on boots.

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