Horse boots have gained popularity over the years for several reasons. They’re quick and easy to take on and off, come in a variety of different styles and materials.
Brushing bootsare used for general protection from strikes and scrapes. They’re a popular choice when trail riding, as well as doing general riding on the flat. Both front and hind leg versions are available.
Tendon bootsare used for the front legs. Usually open-fronted, they are typically used when jumping so the horse is aware of any knocked poles, but the tendons are still protected.
Fetlock bootsare used for the back legs, usually when jumping. They can be open-fronted, or can fasten in the same way that brushing boots do.
Bell boots/over reachboots are for horses who ‘over reach’ by knocking their back feet against the heels of the front feet. These reduce the chance of nicks and cuts, and can sometimes help with horses who lose front shoes.
Hoof bootsare similar to shoes in that they protect the sole of the hoof. They’re designed for shock absorption and traction, and can be used in a pinch if a horse loses a shoe but needs to be ridden.