5 of the best turnout boots to tackle the mud

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  • While turnout is a really important part of a horse’s management, it can be a worrying time for some horse owners – and the best turnout boots for horses could alleviate some of the concerns. Turnout boots can provide a protective barrier against mud fever, overreaching and knocks. They also keep legs cleaner and drier, which not only saves time but helps to maintain healthy skin.

    Some styles offer more protection from knocks than others, so if your main concern is injury, then a tougher boot would be preferable to a pair of chaps. It’s also important to choose a water-resistant and breathable boot, as if they hold water they’ll end up doing more harm than good. It’s also advisable to wash and change the turnout boots regularly to prevent rubbing, so a pair that is easy to hose or machine washable and quick to dry is certainly beneficial.

    Best turnout boots for horses

    Woof Wear mud fever turnout boots

    Woof Wear Mud Fever Turnout Boots

    Sizes: S–XL
    RRP: £59.99 for a pair

    These breathable boots create a barrier to mud from below the knee to the base of the heel. They are made of a waterproof and breathable fabric around the cannon bone to prevent overheating and feature a close-fitting hoof capsule with Kevlar reinforced heel protection. They also have a shaped PU strike pad that offers protection against brushing. Suitable for front and hind legs, they are machine washable at 30°C.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or gsequestrian.co.uk
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    Premier Equine turnout/mud fever boots

    Premier Equine Turnout/Mud Fever Boots

    Sizes: S–XL
    RRP: £44 for a pair

    These high-cut boots, which cover the whole lower leg and pastern, are made with Air-Tech ventilated neoprene for maximum breathability. They are anatomically shaped to be comfortable and supportive, and have excellent stretch and recovery properties that allow the boot to mould and retain shape without impeding the natural action. They can be used on both front and hind legs and are suitable for use year round, but should be swapped every 12 hours to prevent rubbing.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk or ebay.co.uk

    Equilibrium Equi-Chaps close contact chaps

    Equilibrium Equi-Chaps Close Contact Chaps

    Sizes: XS–XL
    RRP: £54.99 for a pair

    These chaps are said to fit like a second skin with four-way stretch, the close contact chaps mould to your horse’s legs from below the knee or hock, all the way down to the coronet band. There are nine different sizes, including some slim and wide fits. While the main function of these is to keep legs clean, they also offer protection against both brushing and overreaching. They can be machine washed at 30°C and are quick to dry.

    In the UK? View now at equilibriumproducts.comamazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or gsequestrian.co.uk

    Shires Arma Deluxe mud socks

    Shires Arma Deluxe Mud Socks

    Sizes: Small pony – extra-full
    RRP: £35.99 for a pair

    These mud socks are ergonomically shaped to ensure a close, comfortable fit. They are made of dense neoprene that offers protection against bumps and scrapes, while the airflow perforations help prevent legs from overheating. They are suitable for front or hind legs.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk oe gsequestrian.co.uk 

    LeMieux turnout boots

    LeMieux Turnout Boots

    Sizes: S–XL
    RRP: £59.95 for a pair

    Made of antibacterial ventilated neoprene to avoid rubbing and sweat build-up, these boots have elasticated and angled straps to allow for movement and optimum fit. They feature a durable skid cap that positions the boot correctly on back of the joint. They can be hosed off or machine washed, and can be used on front or hind legs.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk or naylors.com

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