Brushing boots can be used during flatwork, hacking and jumping and are worn to prevent injuries from “brushing”. “Brushing” is when the horse knocks one leg against the other. These boots can be worn on either the front or back legs, or both, and are good for horses that are built quite narrow, are unbalanced or move in such a way that they are prone to knocking themselves.
Brushing boots fit from below the knee and are shaped to cover the fetlock joint on the inside of the leg. They typically have a tough, durable strike pad on the inside and fasten on the outside, and are made from neoprene or leather. When fastening brushing boots, the Velcro straps should always go from front to back. Look for boots that are breathable to help prevent your horse’s legs from overheating. For more sensitive horses, brushing boots do come with sheepskin/faux fur linings to help prevent rubs and sores.
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