Leg and Hoof Protection

Horse leg and hoof protection come in a variety of types and styles. Learn about each kind in this slideshow.

Shipping Boots

When hauling a horse, it's advisable to apply shipping boots or bandages for support and protection, plus bell boots to cover the coronary band and heel bulb.

Photo: Jannay Hitesman

Sport Boot or Glove

A sport boot or glove encompasses the entire foot and is designed to replace a shoe for trail and endurance sports.

Photo: Susan Kordish/Cowgirl Photography

Dressage Boots

Dressage boots are a variation of brushing boots, typically equipped with a comfortable lining that promotes airflow.

Photo: Michelle N. Anderson, TheHorse.com Digital Managing Editor

Open-front Boots

Open-front boots, sometimes called tendon boots, are frequently used by hunter and jumper riders. These boots are open in the front and cover the back and sides of the leg to protect the horse's tendons and ligaments.

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Layered Polo Wraps

Polo wraps provide general leg protection for horses of any discipline. The polos pictured cover a white underwrap, which offers added cushion.

Photo: Michelle N. Anderson, TheHorse.com Digital Managing Editor

Splint Boots

Splint or brushing boots are designed to protect the leg between the front knee and fetlock, and the hind hock and fetlock.

Photo: Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor

Sports Medicine Boots

These boots typically extend from below the knee or hock past the fetlock and are designed to absorb more concussion than a bandage.

Photo: Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer

Skid Boots

Skid boots are most prevalent in western disciplines. A trainer might outfit a reining horse's rear fetlocks with skid boots to protect against the burn of sliding stops.

Photo: Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer

Equine Comfort Boots

Comfort boots help support horses with laminitis or other painful hoof diseases.

Photo: Courtesy Soft-Ride Boots

Bell Boots

Also called overreach boots, bell boots are worn on the front feet to protect the horse’s heels and prevent injury or shoe-pulling if the horse oversteps with its hind legs.

Photo: Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer

Standing Wraps

Standing wraps are applied for support and to reduce inflammation in the limbs.

Photo: Erica Larson, News Editor

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