Overreach Boots for Horse
Overreach boots, also known as bell boots, are a type of protective boot that protects the heel and pastern of the horse by encircling the ankle. Overreach injuries are unfortunately quite common amongst horses. An overreach injury is when the toe of the hind hoof strikes the back of the front foot, similarly to brushing injuries, an overreach injury can lead to deep wounds, lacerations and bruising to a very sensitive area of the horse, the heel and the pastern area of the front foot. In extremely unfortunate cases, an overreach injury can lead to the loss of shoes, excessive tissue damage and lameness. A overreach boot provides valuable and important protection against this common injury.
Horse bell boots can be used at all levels of competition, becoming a favourite amongst all riders. As well as use in competitions, overreach boots can be used for turnout as overreach injuries can occur anywhere, even in the field. An overreach boot should fit snuggly around the pastern and cover the heel bulbs properly, with around 1cm of ground clearance. Many of the bigger brands that provide overreach boots provide instructions on how to attach.
Online for Equine offer a wide selection of bell boots for horses of all sizes and breeds. We also offer a wide selection of fetlock boots
, tendon boots
and brushing boots
all to keep your horse's legs safe and sound.