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post #1 of 5 Old 01-15-2013, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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The internet isn't being very helpful with this topic so here I am guys... please help

Please can you tell me a bit of general info about these boots? What they're typically made of, what they do and how they work??
  • Tendon
  • Brushing
  • Overreach
  • Sausage
  • Speedycut
  • Knee
  • Fetlock

Also, could you tell me which boots you would typically use for Dressage, SJ and XC?
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-16-2013, 04:23 AM
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Okay, so I don't know what all of them are, so I will only do the ones I know the most about and have used:

Brushing

Used to protect the horse from scraping its legs while jumping. Usually used during XC because of the natural jumps. Usually made of a stretchy material with a reinforced section between the legs to reduce wear and tear.

Overreach

Used for horses who hit their heel bulbs with their back legs and sometimes on dressage horses on their back legs during warm-up to protect the back legs from hitting while doing lateral movements. Used commonly in speed events where interference can happen due to quick movements. Can be made of rubber in the case of bell boots, or stitched fabric with velcro overreach boots.

Also, could you tell me which boots you would typically use for Dressage, SJ and XC?

Dressage: Leg wear is not allowed for competing in dressage, but usually polo wraps are used while training and tendon boots as well

SJ: Open fronts, bell/overeach boots and whatever you call the ones for the back legs. Are those fetlock boots?

XC: Usually brushing boots, overeach/bell and back boots as well.
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The internet isn't being very helpful with this topic so here I am guys... please help

Please can you tell me a bit of general info about these boots? What they're typically made of, what they do and how they work??
  • Tendon - for supporting and protecting the tendons, most often seen on show jumpers
  • Brushing - for horses that 'brush', as in a close gaited horse that when trotting and cantering their legs have a tendency to strike each other. The strike pads on the inside of the legs prevent damage. You don't often see them used for their original purpose now, you tend to see them on horses going XC to prevent impact injuries.
  • Overreach - for horses that 'overreach', as in their hind legs over step to the point where they can step on the back on their front heels. Can result in shoes coming off and nasty accidents, particularly in racing and cross country. The boot itself comes down over the heel of the foreleg for protection - you get both bell boots and overreach boots. You most often see them in SJ/XC.
    Overreach:

    Bell:

  • Sausage - Also called a fetlock ring. For protecting hind fetlocks from striking each other in close-gaited horses.
  • Speedycut - Haven't heard of this one, sorry
  • Knee - for protecting the knee from injury, either by falling onto them or perhaps hitting a XC fence with them.
  • Fetlock - to prevent a horse striking their fetlocks. Usually seen on the hind leg, often with tendon boots in front for SJ.

Also, could you tell me which boots you would typically use for Dressage, SJ and XC?

Depends what your horse needs. No boots are allowed in the dressage ring, only for warmup, and in SJ you tend to see a combination of tendon and fetlock boots. For XC you will see different combinations of brushing boots, overreach boots, knee and fetlock boots depending on what support and protection the individual horse needs.
I personally use impact boots for XC, which have the tendon support of a tendon boot with a brushing boot strike pad and a strike pad on the front of the leg as well in case of hitting obstacles.

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A 'speedycut' is where a horse strikes into a foreleg with a hind foot higher up than usual ie. Close to or at knee height. It's not common because the horse's inflexible spine won't allow the hind feet to overlap the front to any great extent (unlike a greyhound, for example).

Boots designed to protect against this are usually similar to brushing boots but with flaps which extend upwards on the inside so they cover the relevant part of the leg without interfering with knee action.

Hope that helps.
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