Brushing boots are protective boots designed with a strike pad down the inside of the leg, normally secured with outer velcro straps. These boots fit from below the knee to the fetlock and are shaped to cover the fetlock joint on the inside of the leg. When fastening brushing boots, the Velcro straps should always go from front to back.
Brushing boots are worn to prevent injuries from “brushing” (when the horse knocks one leg against the other when moving), and are useful for horses with a narrow build, are unbalanced or move in such a way that they are prone to knocking themselves. Look for boots which are breathable to help prevent your horse’s legs from overheating. For more sensitive horses, shop sheepskin or faux fur linings to help prevent rubbing.