Why is leg protection for horses so important?
The interaction between rider and horse works best when both humans and animals are healthy. Only then can both of them correctly recognise their partner's signals during dressage, show jumping, polo, horseback riding or training – and get the full performance. Horses therefore require special care: compared to their overall weight and size, our four-legged friends have long and very graceful extremities. So there are different solutions for the protection of animals for each branch of equestrian sports. In the demanding context of tournament sports, special leg protection which takes the performance-based requirements into account is recommended. On top of training, confidence, the rider's feeling, nutrition as well as the right halters, the best protection for the sensitive parts of the horse's body is one of the basic pillars of professional handling. The right equipment keeps your beloved animal fit and strengthens their physique and mind. The following products from leading manufacturers are dedicated to the best leg protection for horses.
Protection with splint boots
There are different types of splint boots depending on the purpose. Their characteristics reflect the varying requirements of different disciplines, but the desired effect is always the same: When worn, the legs of the animals should be properly protected from unwanted contact and injuries. At the same time, the products are used to heal existing injuries. We offer dressage, hardshell, shipping, stable, jumping and fetlock boots. On the Fundis Reitsport online shop you'll also find splint boots especially for ponies – each as a set for front or hind legs. The use of these horse riding leg protectors depends on the purpose and so it's not a universal solution: transport, private riding, training and tournaments should specifically be mentioned. The variety of the selection comes from the extensive range of established manufacturers. Accordingly, you'll find cheap, reasonably priced and luxurious products for the best leg protection in equestrian sports.
Horse dressage boots
Fundis carries horse dressage boots from the renowned suppliers eQuick, Eskadron, Kingsland, Veredus, PS of Sweden, Equestrian Stockholm and Kentucky Horsewear. This means that we have the right leg protection for every type of training.
- All the versions significantly reduce impact and protect sensitive legs. Use the option to choose between different materials and shock absorption techniques.
- A variety of designs, from serious to ambitious to playful, offer a solution for every visual requirement.
- In particular, the innovative ventilation systems of the splint boots for the front and hind legs, as well as the effective moisture regulation, increase the comfort for your four-legged friends.
- Practical Velcro fasteners make them easier to put on and take off quickly, while at the same time increasing the accuracy of fit of the horse leg protection.
Splint boots for shipping
To ensure that your horses are protected from bumps during the ride, Fundis offers specialised equestrian sports shipping boots. They protect animals' thin legs from scratches and unwanted impacts in a narrow transporter. For example, when it has to suddenly brake. Because the transport leggings also give stallions, geldings and mares stability and steadiness, the sensitive animals feel better.
Horse stable boots
Wearing splint boots in the stable can also make sense, although a horse's legs shouldn't be permanently wrapped by boots or bandages. So-called therapy boots are particularly suitable for the therapy of damaged horse legs or tendons. Horse stable boots protect the horse from injuries which occur while standing up in the box when the horse's leg is hit by its own hooves.
Effective leg protection with bell boots and fetlock boots
Durable and tear-resistant bell boots work similarly to splint boots. However, they're placed around the hoof or the bulb of the horses to protect them from wounds. In this context, it's particularly important that the animals can't kick their ankles or bulbs with their hind hooves. In private or professional riding, over-reach boots also prevent wear on the horseshoe when stepping down. Established solutions are characterised by a pleasant wearing comfort and a long service life. They take the needs of the horses into account: robust on the outside, soft, comfortable and cushioned on the inside. Numerous designs and reliable materials mean you can individually select the leg protection you need. The category of splint boots also includes fetlock boots. Horses whose hind legs come close to their front legs when jumping will explicitly benefit from this preventative version in equestrian sports. Similar to bell boots, fetlock boots are attached at the bottom of the legs. The main purpose of this leg protection for horses is that the animals' delicate legs don't rub against each other. This can irritate the horse and rider team and compromise safety. When choosing in our shop, you'll benefit from the best quality of leading suppliers, many individual developments and a wide range of prices.
Protection and healing with bandages
Horse Bandages are often used as basal leg protection. Their dual function not only includes the protection of long horse legs; they're also used to heal existing injuries. Mares and stallions happily accept bandages when they lie comfortably. So you should bandage the legs evenly - and not too tightly. Good products offer good air circulation, can be cleaned at 30 degrees and have durable Velcro fasteners. You can buy suitable products from these providers in the Fundis online shop:
- Back on Track
- Equestrian Stockholm
- Fenwick Equestrian
- HV Polo
- Imperial Riding
- Incrediwear Riding
- One Equestrian
- Kentucky Horsewear
- TransHorse Sports
- Schockemöhle Sports
Horse leg wraps improve leg protection
Horse legs carry a heavy load, look elegant and are generally quite delicate. Often bandages perform their service well and reliably. Dressage riders in particular like to use horse leg wraps in combination with bandages when riding. They sit securely and offer a soft padding for the horse's leg, especially the cannon bone and the fetlock joint, without constricting it too much, as they give way during movement. We therefore recommend using bandage pads to optimise the quality of the horse leg protection. Placed below the actual bandages, they increase comfort and wellbeing with just a few simple steps. With a manageable level of expenditure, you'll show your beloved four-legged friend some love with suitable support.
Other accessories for your horse
In our online shop we also offer leg protection accessories, like cooling inserts and bandages. In addition to leg protection, we carry additional products for horses like horse bits and horse blankets.