The best overreach boots can provide your horse a great deal of protection against overreach and strike injuries. When choosing a pair of overreach boots, it’s important to consider what you’ll be using them for. If you only plan to use them for turning your horse out, it’s sensible to select a material that won’t absorb water and is easy to clean; whereas if you plan to use them while doing fast work, the amount of coverage and level of protection offered will be your main focus.
For any boot, it’s essential that they won’t cause rubbing and the fastenings are secure, while being easy to put on and take off is a real bonus. If you plan to pair them with brushing boots, it may also be worth looking for a matching set.
Here is a selection of the best overreach boots on the market right now…
Derby House Pro neoprene overreach boots
Colours: Peacock or plum | Sizes: Pony – full | RRP: £10.99
These neoprene boots are flexible, durable, quick and easy to fit. The neoprene offers protection, helps to prevent rubbing around the pastern and is easy to clean.
More info and view at derbyhousestore.com
Equestrian Stockholm bell boots
Colours: 11 | Sizes: S–L | RRP: £42
These stylish boots are a shiny faux croc leather lined with soft teddy material around the top. They are 6mm thick with a neoprene lining and have a wide Velcro closure. Matching items available.
Equilibrium Tri-Zone overreach boots
Colours: Black | Sizes: S/M or L/XL | RRP: £29.95
These hard-wearing boots are designed to prevent your horse treading on the boot. Ideal for exercise or turnout, they have a tough strike guard to protect the heel. They are waterproof and rot-proof, and have an anti-spin heel button. These Equilibrium boots scored 9/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.
Eskadron soft faux fur overreach boots
Colours: White or night blue | Sizes: S–XXL | RRP: £31.95
These soft, comfortable and smart overreach boots are robust and provide good shock absorption. They are made from 1680D outer fabric with a breathable inlay, lined with neoprene and finished with an easy-care faux sheepskin top cuff.
Hy Equestrian Armoured Guard Pro Reaction overreach boots
Colours: Black | Sizes: M–XL | RRP: £23.99
Suitable for everyday exercise or turnout, these boots are strong, flexible and lightweight. The durable strike-proof outer shell prevents knocks, while the breathable soft perforated neoprene lining and collar ensures they remain comfortable. The touch tape fastenings and a no turn nodule minimise movement.
Premier Equine Carbon Tech Kevlar No-turn overreach boots
Colours: Black, navy or white | Sizes: S–XXL | RRP: £34
These overreach boots have an added strike pad, which is made of Kevlar – a material stronger than steel. It is bonded to the microfibre leather to create a tough and resistant finish and the anti-rotational design keeps the boots in position.
More info and view at premierequine.co.uk
Rhinegold fleece trim flexi rubber overreach boots
Colours: Black, brown or black/brown | Sizes: S–XL | RRP: £10.99
These overreach boots have a high natural rubber content for more flexibility, offering durability with less likelihood of rubbing. They are trimmed with fleece for extra comfort around the leg and have an easy touch tape closure.
Shires Arma anatomic comfort overreach boots
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: Pony – extra-full | RRP: £27.99
The soft fleece is added to increase airflow and provide cushioning around the pastern. The boots have anti-spin nodules to help keep the boots in place, and they are fastened with double lock touch-close fastenings.
More info and view at shiresequestrian.com
Veredus TRC STS safety bell boots
Colours: Black, brown or white | Sizes: S–L | RRP: £36
The triple layer foam of these boots offers great protection without being stiff. The material is easy to clean and prevents moisture absorption, while the techno sheepskin fabric on the top of the boot helps prevent irritation or rubbing.
View at viovet.co.uk
WeatherBeeta Prime Impact bell boots
Colours: 10 | Sizes: Pony – warmblood | RRP: £23.99
These lightweight, durable boots have a neoprene lining for maximum comfort and protection. They are designed to help the boots stay in place, while the touch tape closures make them quick and easy to use. Matching items available.
Woof Wear Pro overreach boots
Colours: 14 | Sizes: S–XL | RRP: £24.99
These boots provide no-rub protection for the bulbs of the heel, while the no-twist design and soft roll collar allows the boot to move freely around the pastern without rubbing. The tough carbon effect outer shell coupled with thick neoprene and added impact foam give 10mm of protection. Matching items available.
Zandona Carbon Air Heel overreach boots
Colours: Black, brown or white | Sizes: S/M or L/XL | RRP: £129.90
These technical overreach boots are very strong yet flexible, which combined with the gel technology and neoprene lining means that they can effectively absorb and disperse impact. The anatomic design and flexible shell ensure a stable fit without restricting movement. Carbon fibre in the shell ensures maximum strength and six air vents help to maintain breathability. They are finished with a fleece top to prevent rubbing and fastened with two quick-release elastic straps for a secure fit.
More info and view at diclass.co.uk
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What are overreach boots?
Overreach boots, sometimes referred to as bell boots, are worn on a horse’s forelegs and cover the hoof and heel. They protect these areas from the hind feet ‘overreaching’, striking into the heels and causing an injury.
What are the best overreach boots for turnout?
Overreach boots are sometimes worn in the field to protect from overreach injuries or to prevent your horse pulling his shoes off. Boots worn in the field are more likely to get damaged as they are worn for a longer period of time. Choose a pair that have a secure fastening, don’t absorb moisture and are easy to clean. You’ll need to weight up how long they’re likely to last with how much you’re willing to spend.
How do you fit overreach boots?
Overreach boots sit around the pastern – too tight and they’ll be uncomfortable, but too loose and they’re likely to rub. They should cover the heel at the back but should sit above the ground. If they have an anti-spin ‘bump’ or nodule, this should sit between the heel bulbs.
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