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Horses have no muscle tissue padding in the lower leg, so there is no inherent defence for tender bones, such as the splint joint, as well as tendons and ligaments. Equine boots help shield the fragile leg systems from obstacles, even from the hooves of the horses themselves….
The tendons and ligaments also help protect certain boot styles. The way we need to protect horses is also determined by what we use our horses for and what additional pressures we place on them as riders.Hoof Boot Types:
Bell Boot – The pastern is surrounded by these boots and the bell shape protects the entire hoof.
Leg Wraps – Leg wraps were the prevalent type of equine leg defence until there were advanced horse boots.
Brush, Brushing Boots, also called Sport Boots – They are closed front boots (they go around the leg all the way) which are usually worn on the front and hind legs and serve to keep the horse from hitting itself during hard work.
Shin Boots – Jumpers more often wear shin boots to avoid damage to the front of the leg when touching a jump rail.
Ankle, Fetlock Boots – If a horse hurts itself by travelling too close behind, Fetlock boots are for safety.
Knee Boots – The hind fetlocks and pasterns cover the back and lower portion of the skid boots.
Skid Boots – Skid boots cover hind fetlocks and pasterns from the back and lower section. During fast stops and turns, a strong skid boot can provide assistance along with protection from impact with the riding area.
Sports Medicine Boots – Professionals Choice initially developed the Sports Medicine Boot. It was a radical design and it truly changed the demand for equine footwear.