With the second rounds and young horse qualifiers fast approaching, we thought we’d take a run through of which protective horse boots fit the bill. The horse boot rule applies to all Talent Seeker, Senior Newcomers, Foxhunter, Pony Newcomers and Pony Foxhunter second rounds and finals, plus all horse and pony Age Classes.
The total maximum weight of equipment allowed to be added to a horse's leg; front or hind (single or multiple boots, fetlock rings etc), is 500g. All hind leg protections must have a maximum interior length of 16cm and a minimum exterior width of 5cm.
For hind boots, the inside protection must be smooth and the fixations must be made of non elastic Velcro type fasteners with no hooks or straps permitted. The rounded rigid part of the protection must be placed around the inside of the fetlock.
Hind boots for classes under this rule that have an additional flap for protection should be allowed providing the flap is soft and clearly intended for protection only and nothing else. No additional elements may be used in conjunction with the protection. Also bandages are not permitted for use.
Failure to comply with these horse boot rules will result in disqualification!
Here are six pairs of boots, which provide the perfect solution to make sure you abide by these rules:
Save when purchasing the Kentucky Elastic Tendon Boot and Young Horse Fetlock Boot Set – the perfect choice for young horse classes and second rounds where the back boot rule applies. These elastic tendon boots have a tough outer shell casing in extremely light yet strong TPU, to protect against impact. The tendon and fetlock areas are reinforced with D3O shock absorbing molecules for ultimate protection. Save £13.35 when you buy the set as opposed to ordering them separately.
To celebrate Scott Brash winning the Grand Slam of showjumping, Veredus have released the Grand Slam Young Jump Fetlock Boots, with gold accent detailing. These young jump boots protect the fetlock and comply with British Showjumping and FEI rules for young horse classes. Featuring an anatomically shaped polyurethane impact-resistant shell, Aerox breathable neoprene padding and air vents to allow cooling, the boots are waterproof and have a Velcro double safety fastening.
The eQuick eShock Green Fetlock Boots features non-elasticated Velcro closures and are permitted for Talent Seekers, age classes and Newcomers and Foxhunter second rounds and above. eQuick boots are a new generation of show jumping boots containing the exclusive, patented eFluidgel technology that considerably reduces impact on the horse's tendons. The special bubble in the shell greatly reduces the impact the horse's leg could suffer due to air and gel compression.
These boots protect the fetlock and comply with British Showjumping and FEI rules for young horse classes. Featuring an anatomically shaped polyurethane impact-resistant shell and Aerox breathable neoprene padding, the boots are waterproof and have a Velcro double safety fastening. 3D channelled mesh fabric ensures that warm air is directed away from the horse's legs, thus helping to keep them cool during exercise and reduces the risk of overheating tendons.
Kentucky Sheepskin Young Horse Boots are the ideal choice for competing both in young horse classes and also for use in general for the ultimate in protection and comfort without bulk. Offering outstanding lightweight protection and anatomically shaped to offer a comfortable and stable fit, this design features a tough outer shell casing, which is styled in an extremely light yet strong TPU outer shell. The breathable artificial sheepskin lining ensures freedom of movement and comfort.
Limited edition! Available for a short time only in Brown with striking Red accent colours, these Veredus Young Jump Boots protect the fetlock and comply with British Showjumping and FEI rules for young horse classes. Featuring an anatomically shaped polyurethane impact-resistant shell, Aerox breathable neoprene padding and air vents to allow cooling, the boots are waterproof and have a Velcro double safety fastening.
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