Show Jumping Boot Rules Explained

Posted January 31st 2019

Have you heard about the new show jumping boot rules that came into force on 1 January 2019, and new FEI rules that will apply from 1 January 2020? Read on for our handy interpretation of the new rules to help you ensure you have the correct kit for your horse this season. If you are in any doubt about the boots you are using, it’s a wise idea to check with the steward before you jump.

Kentucky Horsewear Light Young Horse Fetlock Boots

1 British Showjumping

For the following classes:

  • All Pony Competitions
  • Children on Horses
  • Senior British Novice Second Rounds and Finals
  • Senior Discovery Second Rounds and Finals
  • Senior Newcomers Second Rounds and Finals
  • Senior Foxhunter Second Rounds and Finals
  • Talent Seekers Qualifiers and Finals
  • All Horse and Pony Age Classes
  • All Amateur Classes, Just For School and Club competitions (from 1 January 2020)

The following boot rules apply:

  • 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.

Showjumping Boot Rules

  • The inside protection must be smooth and the fixings 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. No additional elements may be used in conjunction with the protection.
  • Hind boots for classes under this rule that have an extra flap for protection should be allowed providing the flap is soft and clearly intended for protection only.
  • Fetlock rings may be used in addition for protective purposes providing they are properly adjusted and providing the total weight of equipment on the horse’s leg does not exceed 500g.
  • No additional element may be used in conjunction with the protection as detailed as above.

The boots sold by Equiport that meet this rule are:

Veredus Young Jump Vento – all variations

Veredus X Pro Young Jump

Kentucky Young Horse – plain or sheepskin

EShock Green Fetlock Boots

For British Showjumping classes that are not on the above list, other styles of permitted back boots may still be worn.

EShock EUp boots will NOT be permitted in any competition.

There have been no changes to the rules on front boots.

2 FEI

From 1 January 2020, the following rules apply.

2 . A Young Horses:

For all FEI Jumping Competitions for Young Horses (five, six, seven and eight year old Horses): The following criteria must be respected in relation to hind boots worn in international Young Horses Competitions:

  • Hind boots that have a protective element on the inside only are the only type of hind boot allowed. The boot must have a maximum interior length of 16 centimetres; the width of the fastener must be at least five centimetres. Hind boots with additional protection for the pastern that extends below the rounded shell on the inside of the boot are allowed providing the protection is made of soft pliable material. The pastern protection that extends below the rounded shell on the inside is not taken into account when measuring the length of the boot. (refer to FEI Jumping Stewards’ Manual on the FEI website for photographs).

Showjumping Boot Rules

  • The rounded protective element of the boot must be placed around the inside of the fetlock.
  • The inside of the boot must be smooth, that is, the surface must be even and there may not be any pressure points on the inside of the boot; for the avoidance of doubt, stitching on the inside of the protective element that attaches the inner lining to the boot, is permitted.
  • Sheepskin linings are allowed.
  • Only non-elastic Velcro-type fasteners are permitted; no hooks, buckles, clips or other methods of attaching the fasteners may be used.
  • No additional elements may be added to or inserted in the boot itself.
  • Fetlock rings may be used for protective purposes providing they are properly adjusted and providing the total weight of equipment on the horse’s leg does not exceed 500g. Pastern bands may not be used.

2 . B Other classes:

From 1 January 2020, at all FEI Jumping Events for U-25, Young Riders, Juniors, Pony Riders, Children, Amateur Owners and Veterans, and at all FEI World Jumping Challenge Events, only hind boots meeting the following descriptions may be used:

1 – Young Horse Boots as allowed under young horse class rules.

2 – Boots that have a protective element on the inside only, and boots with a protective element on the inside and outside, that is, double-shell boots that wrap around the back of the fetlock, are permitted providing they meet the following criteria:

  • The boot must have a maximum length of 20cm at its longest point (refer to the FEI Jumping Stewards’ Manual for instructions on how to measure the length of the boot correctly).
  • The rounded protective part of the boot must be placed around the fetlock (for boots with a protective element on one side only, the protective element must be placed around the inside of the fetlock).
  • The inside of the boot must be smooth, that is, the surface must be even and there may not be any pressure points on the inside of the boot; for the avoidance of doubt, stitching on the inside of the protective element that attaches the inner lining to the boot, is permitted.
  • Sheepskin linings are allowed.
  • The boot may have no more than two fasteners.
  • Only the following types of fasteners are permitted:

Velcro-type fasteners: 
- Straps must: 
Have a Velcro or Velcro-type fastening system 
Have a minimum width of 2.5 cm if there are two straps or 
Have a minimum width of 5 cm if there is only one strap 
- For boots with a protective element only on the inside of the fetlock, straps may be elastic or non-elastic 
- For double-shell boots, the straps must be elastic.

Stud-type fasteners: 
- Straps must: 
Be made of elastic 
Have a minimum width of 2.5 cm 
Have holes that fit over a stud on the boot.

Hook type fasteners: 
- Straps must: 
Be made of elastic 
Have a minimum width of 2.5 cm
Have a hook at the end that fits into an “eyelet” on the boot.

  • All fasteners must be one-directional, that is, the fastener must be attached directly from one side of the boot to the other side but must not wrap around the entire boot; no mechanism that allows the fastener to double back on itself is permitted.
  • No additional elements may be added to or inserted in the boot itself.
  • Fetlock rings may be used for protective purposes providing they are properly adjusted and providing the total weight of equipment on the horse’s leg does not exceed 500g. Pastern bands may not be used.

The boots sold by Equiport that meet the FEI rules for U-25, Young Riders, Juniors, Pony Riders, Children, Amateur Owners and Veterans classes are:

Pro Jump Velcro and Pro Jump Short will no longer be allowed for these FEI categories, but can still be used in other classes until the rules below come into force.

For implementation as of 1 January 2021: Only hind boots, as described above may be used at International Jumping Events.

Failure to comply with these rules will mean elimination.

There have been no changes to the rules on front boots.

Equiport accepts no liability for any information contained in this blog post and it is the responsibility of competitors to ensure they comply with the relevant rules. If you are in any doubt then please check with the steward before you jump.

Availability and prices correct at time of publishing.

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