New rules for FEI showjumping regarding horse boots came into force on 1 July.

Hind boots must now be removed and replaced by the groom before entering the competition arena, so that stewards can ensure the boots are properly fitted.

“Stewards will now be checking hind boots before the riders go into the arena as well as after,” an FEI spokesman told H&H.

“This will be done to ensure that all compete under fair and equal conditions.”

This news-in-brief was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (17 July, 2014)