The best brushing boots will not only prevent your horse from striking himself during exercise, but they will give some protection from external knocks, too. There are a wide range of styles available – these range from stylish and colour-coordinated fur-lined brushing boots, to ones with a more sporty, lightweight and ventilating design.
There are lots of different types of protective boots for horses, such as overreach boots, cross-country boots or tendon boots, but whatever your preference or discipline, it’s important to find a pair with a good fit for your horse. Some brands offer brushing boots in a wide range of sizes with a variety of width options in addition to the standard sizes, while others have different designs for front and hind legs.
Here’s a selection of the best brushing boots across all budgets to help you find the right pair for your horse…
Derby House Pro brushing boots
Colours: Peacock or plum | Sizes: Pony – full | RRP: £14.99 for a pair
Made from 7mm neoprene with double touch tape straps, these lightweight and quick-drying boots have a reinforced strike pad.
Equestrian Stockholm brushing boots
Colours: 11 | Sizes: S–L | Machine washable: 30° | RRP: £50 for a pair
These brushing boots are made of a shiny synthetic leather with a soft teddy fleece lining and elastic Velcro fastenings. Matching items available.
Equilibrium Tri-Zone brushing boots
Colours: Black, white, black/fluorescent | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £22.95 for a pair
These neoprene boots have a PVC strike pad, two fastening straps and can be worn on the front or hind legs. These Equilibrium boots scored 9/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.
Eskadron soft faux fur tendon boots
Colours: White or night blue | Sizes: S–XL | RRP: £39.95 for a pair
Don’t be fooled by the name – these are brushing boots and the confusion probably comes from the brand being continental. They are soft and comfortable, with a breathable lining, while providing shock absorption and good pressure distribution. These Eskadron boots scored 9/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.
Hy Armoured Guard neoprene brushing boots
Colours: Black, pink, purple or blue | Sizes: S–L | RRP: £21.99 for a pair
This lightweight boot secured with four straps offers protection and features a ventilated neoprene lining that aids cooling. Suitable for use on front and back legs.
LeMieux ProShell brushing boots
Colours: Black or white | Sizes: M–XL | RRP: £42.50 for a pair
These boots offer all-round protection and support with a moulded PU outer shell. Strategically placed vents ensure the release of excess heat and the soft perforated inner lining encourages the movement of air. Can be used on front or hind legs.
Masta faux fur brushing boots
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: Pony – full | RRP: £24.50 for a pair
These boots are designed with soft faux fur lining that sits against your horse’s leg and a durable faux leather outer. The lining prevents rubbing and distributes pressure more evenly.
View at harryhall.com
Premier Equine Carbon Air-Tech double-locking brushing boots
Colours: Black, navy or white | Sizes: S–L, including MW | Machine washable: 30° | RRP: £34 for a pair
Made from ventilated neoprene, these boots encourage air flow to keep your horse’s legs cool. They have a wicking lining and the splint and fetlock areas have extra shock-proof protection. The double-locking straps provide extra security and the boots can be used on front or hind legs.
View at premierequine.co.uk
Shires Arma carbon brushing boots
Colours: Black | Sizes: Cob or full | RRP: £43.99 for a pair
These boots have a triple-impact support system – the carbon-effect outer deflects knocks and blows, the EVA foam centre is shock absorbing and the breathable lining wicks away moisture. They have a flexible fit and wide adjustable straps.
Veredus TRC-Vento front brushing boots
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: M–L | RRP: £88.50 for a pair
These boots are designed specially for front legs – the ones for hind legs have a slightly different design. They have a ventilation system that allows air in and conducts heat to the outside to keep your horse’s legs cool. A similar pair of Equilibrium boots scored 9/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.
WeatherBeeta Prime single-lock brushing boots
Colours: 12 | Sizes: Pony – warmblood | RRP: £32.99
Made from neoprene, these soft, durable and breathable boots conform to your horse’s leg. They have a tough PVC strike pad and the adjustable touch tape closures are quick and easy to use. There are two closures on pony and cob sizes, but three on full and warmblood size. Matching range available.
Woof Wear Club brushing boots
Colours: 18 | Sizes: XS–XL | Machine washable: 30° | RRP: £19.99 for a pair
These boots have a padded PU strike pad on a 7mm neoprene base. They are suitable for front or hind legs. Matching collections available.
Zandona Carbon Air Workout brushing boots
Colours: Black | Sizes: M–XL | RRP: £69.90 for a pair
These boots have differing designs for the front and hind, making them a great fit. The strike zone is reinforced with carbon fibre and lined with a shock-absorbing gel. The perforated neoprene structure provides breathability, while the two wide, elasticated straps aid a secure fit.
View at diclass.co.uk
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