Leg protection, tendon boots, technical boots, brushing boots, overreach boots - what are they exactly? "Leg protection" is a general term that encompasses all types of protective gear for the horse's legs. In show jumping and cross-country, tendon boots, technical boots, and overreach boots are most commonly used.Read more
For dressage, ground work, and all-around riding, brushing boots and overreach boots of various kinds are often used. Of course, it's possible to use these leg protections for other training forms as well or whatever suits one's needs. Read about their properties and see what suits you and your horse best. Here is a brief explanation of the different types of leg protections, which are usually categorized by use:
- Leg Protectors - A general term that encompasses various kinds of leg protections.
- Tendon Boots - Specifically designed to protect tendons from blows, such as from hooves or bars, mainly used in showjumping.
- Technical Boots - Structured like the tendon boots but shorter, adapted to the horse's hind legs.
- Brushing Boots - Longer than tendon boots and enclose a larger part of the leg. They are used more in dressage and groundwork.
- Overreach Boots - Available in both short and long models, they protect the inside of the fetlock and the leg if the horse "brushes" or "clips" itself.