Well I really didn't want to create another thread on jumping boots, but I found nothing that really answered my question and I didn't want to take over someone elses thread.
Question 1 - I want to get into eventing, but I love my horses legs. So what are the best quality jumping boots for show jumping you can suggest that aren't going to cost me the world.
Question 2 - Same question really, but what would the best boots for cross country be?
Eskadron makes a cross country boot I think is great. For jumping, I love the open front (neoprene lined, hard shell) Eskadrons (the sheepskin ones are awesome too) and t-boots are great too (but pricier).
I have front and hind WoofWear boots for cross-country, they don't cost the world, and are great, and for SJ I have front splints [I picked them up for $10] and bell boots [bought from a friend for $10] and my hind Woof boots. =]
The best are custom formed foam that is put on with vet wrap. They are a one time use (the foam can be reused) and need to be cut off after use. They provide the best support and do not come off during XC. However, only very saavy people should use them as they can be applied too tightly, causing a few problems. At lower levels (prelim and below) just about any SECURE boot will help. If it has velcro closures, wrap duct tape around them so they don't come off mid course. Most boots don't give as much tendon support as they will claim. They do, however, protect the legs from cuncussion injuries if they hit a jump.
WELLL maddie I think that for the XC I would tape the boots with like duct tape , you will find that a lot of people do that over here.
And i also think that as long as the boots aren't going to fall off during the course and as long as the don't look like crap then i think any boots should be fine
If you get boots with double lock velcro then you don't need tape. You actually don't need tape until you get to training+.
When you start to use tape for your boots, is when you start to do water. So, you don't need to use tape if you are doing Beginner Novice in the U.S.A because water isn't a question, but when you get to Novice, then start taping your boots, because water obsticles are a part of your course.
So if a water obsticle is a part of your course, then you do need to tape your boots with Electrical Tape, not Duct.
The most common boots here in the U.S.A, for lower levels are just basic Splint Boots or Brushing Boots. Brand name doesn't matter, Splint Boots are Splint Boots and Brushing Boots are Brushing Boots.
The KEY factor, is getting a boot that is lined with neoprene. The reason being, is because neoprene has been proven through testings, to absorb some of the shock that will enter into your horses legs on landing after a fence.
You can also use a Porter Protector, I've seen this used in Mid to Upper Levels. The reason why this type of wrap/boot is popular is because they protect from suspensory injuries and tendon tears.
This is a neoprene type material that you wrap around your horses legs, and then over that you use an elastic type wrap that is called Saratoga's. Or you can use Vet Wrap as already mentioned - but make sure you wrap ontop with electrical tape.
Trotting through water won't make your boots come off. Dropping in or cantering/galloping through.. maybe.
Down here EVERY course I have been on, even the lowest schooling levels, have a water crossing. I have used both Duct tape and Electircal tape and both have worked fine. I use woof Brushing Boots on XC and I am getting the Woof open fronts for Xmas. They work great!
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