January 24, 2024
Finding the right boots for your horse is vital to ensuring his leg protection & safety. However, with the numerous options available, it can be challenging to navigate which boots are appropriate for your horse & his specific needs. Your horse’s primary type of exercise or activity is the first factor to consider when choosing his boots.
All-purpose boots are ideal for protecting your horse's lower legs during flatwork & turnout. This easy on/off style of boot helps shield against knocks & bruises caused by interference (when the hoof strikes the adjacent limb during motion), which is a common challenge with athletic horses, those with big strides, or those who tend to be exuberant during turnout. Crafted from soft, flexible materials, these boots provide ample coverage of the lower limb while being comfortable for day-to-day use. Additionally, this style of boot is often used as an alternative to polo wraps, as they are easier to put on correctly, ensuring a safe fit.
Within the EquiFit lineup we offer two thoughtfully designed styles of all-purpose boots:
If your horse tends to overreach (strike the toe of a hind foot against the heel or quarter of the forefoot), then bell boots may also be recommended for turnout or riding. Also known as overreach boots, bell boots are designed to cover the front feet, starting from the lower part of the pastern, over the coronary band, & down to the bottom of the heel bulbs.
Our Essential BellBoots are a best-selling, unique, and lightweight design. The collection offers several options, including fleece or SheepsWool™ tops for more sensitive horses.
When tendons & ligaments are under strain from extension & load bearing, they may be even more susceptible to devastating injury from impact & interference than they are during other moments of exercise. This is why the right protective boots are imperative for jumping horses.
Boots designed to protect horses’ limbs while jumping are generally known as tendon boots for the front limbs & fetlock boots for the hind limbs. These are sometimes also referred to as an “open front” style, which references how the boot is designed to protect the back & sides of the limb only. These boots are specifically designed with a rigid outer shell & more impact absorbing material. To ensure the optimal fit for your individual horse’s leg conformation, the best tendon & fetlock boot designs provide technically advanced liner material that helps reduce the risk of pressure points, combats microbial growth, encourages heat transfer & more.
Leading tendon boot designs are a flagship of the EquiFit brand, where we prioritize advanced technical materials, optimal fit, & stunning style in the product collections below:
Selecting well designed boots is only part of the equation; ensuring the right fit for your horse is equally crucial. Here are some guidelines to check the fit of your horse’s boots:
EquiFit understands the importance of choosing the right boots for your horse & we aim to provide you with the knowledge & confidence needed to make an informed decision. From Short Stirrup to Grand Prix, our range of boots are designed to help keep your horse safe & comfortable so he can perform his best.
Need more help or stuck between boots? Contact us.