Tendon and fetlock boots for horses
It stands to reason you want to protect your horse's legs as a rider. Epplejeck Horse & Rider Superstores has a wide range of tendon and fetlock boots from quality brands like eQuick, LeMieux, QHP, Eskadron and more. The tendon boots and fetlock boots come in trendy colours, and trendy motifs, or with classy details. Create your own set our buy a complete tendon and fetlock boot set. Epplejeck has tendon and fetlock boots in all sizes, ranging from Mini Shetland to Full.
What is the use of tendon boots?
During training your horse’s hind legs may tap or brush against its front legs. Tendons are prone to injury as they lie closely under the skin, which is why it is advised to use some form of leg protection during training. Tendon boots have a hard outer shell that encloses the tendons and they’re lined with shock-absorbing neoprene. The hard shell prevents impact caused by brushes and taps and the neoprene lining absorbs shocks. If you’re not sure your horse needs tendon boots, try riding with them once and afterwards check them for scratches or damage. If there are scratches visible on the tendon boots, the boots have done their job and it would seem your horse brushes against its own legs.
Popular tendon boots are the BR Event tendon boots. These tendon boots by BR are available in 12 unique colours. Epplejeck also sells matching fetlock boots and if you’d like to complete the outfit, you could even combine them with the BR Event saddle pad and BR Event fly cap.
Why use fetlock boots?
Fetlock boots are meant to protect the horse’s hind legs, as some horses tend to brush their legs together during training. Fetlock boots protect the fetlock from brushes and thus prevent irritation and injuries.
Some fetlock boots have a shell that surrounds the fetlock and protects the entire fetlock area. These are recommended for show jumping and cross events. They cannot slide around the leg and loose their function, so if your horse brushes its legs on a regular basis, these fetlock boots would be the best choice. Other fetlock boots have anatomically-shaped shells on the inside of the fetlocks. These boots only protect against minor brushes of the hind legs.
Which tendon boots should I use?
There are several points to consider when using tendon and fetlock boots. Make sure you buy the right size tendon boot. If a tendon boot is too large, it is too high for the leg, which will hamper your horse's mobility and use of the knee joints. Don't adjust the tendon boots too tightly as this oppresses the circulatory system. Correctly adjusted tendon boots don't hinder the blood circulation and allow for better breathability, which prevents overheating. Overheated tendons can cause serious injuries.
Don't fit the tendon boots too loosely either, as they may start to slide and cause irritation around the tendons. If your horse sweats profusely, you could opt for tendon boots with a perforated, neoprene lining for even better breathability and air circulation. An example of these are the Eskadron Flexisoft air.
Show jumpers or cross riders usually want all-round protection. The tendon boots LeMieux Impact offer complete protection and are equipped with a freeform-gel interior lining for excellent shock absorption and a perfect fit. The shell of these boots is made of high-quality PU for optimal protection and excellent air circulation to prevent overheating of the tendons.
Buy tendon boots online
Do you want to buy new tendon boots for your horse? Shop tendon boots and fetlock boots 24/7 at Epplejeck Horse & Rider superstores. Prefer to see and compare before buying? Visit one of our stores and our employees will be happy to help you make the right choice.