The best travel boots provide excellent protection to the horse when he’s being loaded, unloaded and while in transit in a horsebox or trailer. Travel boots need to be hard-wearing, so they can protect your horse’s legs from knocks and scrapes, as well as suitably padded to absorb shock. Some boots have fleece linings, while others have nylon – whichever you prefer it’s important that the materials are breathable.
Travel boots need to stay in place should a horse becomes fractious, while having easy-to-use fasteners will allow you to ensure a good fit when putting them on, while also making them quick to take off. Some boots have added protection around the bottom, where the boots can experience heavy wear, as well as across the knee and hock areas. As well as travel boots, you might want to consider tail protection and a travel rug.
Here’s a selection of the best travel boots for every budget…
Bucas ¾ boots
Colours: Black or navy | Sizes: Cob or full | RRP: £82 |
Made with a tough outer fabric and a lining that helps your horse’s legs dry, these boots have cushioned padding to help them contour to his legs. They are shorter than normal length travel boots, so are ideal for horses who aren’t keen on these. They have three straps on both the front and back boots. The front boots have forward-fastening straps, which closes the boots across the tendons and leaves the back of the knee open for ease of movement, while still protecting the joint.
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Derby House Pro travel boots
Colours: Peacock or plum | Sizes: Pony, cob or full | RRP: £49.99 |
Offering protection to your horse’s coronet, hock and knee, these boots are made of a durable 600D outer fabric with thick shock-absorbing foam. They have three touch-close fastenings on both the front and hind boots, as well as a PVC strike pad at the bottom of the boot. They are also nylon lined for comfort.
Hy Equestrian Thelwell travel boots
Colours: Navy Thelwell | Sizes: Small pony, pony or cob | RRP: From £50.99 |
These cute and fun travel boots are covered in Thelwell prints. They are secured with touch-tape fastenings and have durable strike pads at the bottom. The boots are finished with red trim and breathable lining.
LeMieux Carbon travel boots
Colours: Black or navy | Sizes: M or L | RRP: £79.95 |
Made with a strong ballistic nylon outer fabric with a new carbon nano-fibre lining that effectively wicks moisture to control heat and sweat build up. Generous quilted Velcro straps complete the look of these very smart boots and make them easy to fasten, while the PU leather heel guards add extra protection.
Mark Todd travel boots
Colours: Black, navy, burgundy or navy plaid | Sizes: Extra-small, pony, cob or full | RRP: £64.99 |
Available in a good range of colours, these padded travel boots are designed to offer maximum protection with a tough outer fabric and protective scuff plates around the bottom edge. They have extra-wide fastening straps making them quick and easy to fit. Each set comes with a free matching tail guard and a reusable zipped storage bag.
Ponyo Horsewear Ultimate travel boots
Colours: Five fun patterns | Sizes: Mini, small pony, pony, cob or full | RRP: From £29.99 |
These super-fun boots are generously padded and made from 1200D ripstop fabric. Available in a wide range of sizes, these boots also come up higher on either side of the leg, ensuring maximum protection. Matching travel rugs available.
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Rhinegold ripstop full-length travel boots
Colours: Brown, silver or turquoise | Sizes: Pony, cob or full | RRP: £38.50 |
These boots have a tough nylon outer, nylon lining and feature a strengthened strike pad at the heel. The wide touch-tape fastenings offer secure fit. Extra strengthened strike pad at heel. These Rhinegold boots were reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme, scoring 7/10 – read the full review.
Ruggles travel boots
Colours: Black | Sizes: S–L | RRP: £49 |
These travel boots have a tough 1200D ripstop outer fabric which is extremely tough and hard wearing. They also have a breathable fleece lining that helps to wick away moisture so the boots can be applied to damp legs if necessary. Between the lining and the outer fabric is a 2.5cm layer of protective sponge, while there are also strike pads at the bottom of the boots. They fasten with three wide Velcro straps and are machine washable.
View at ruggles-horse-rugs.co.uk
WeatherBeeta Deluxe travel boots
Colours: Black or navy/red/white | Sizes: Pony, cob, full or warmblood | RRP: £75.99 |
With a 1200D outer, these strong and durable boots also have a protective dense foam inner and nylon lining for comfort. They are extra-long for combined knee and hock protection, have PVC strike pads around the bottom and an additional strike pad on the hock. These boots are fastened with three touch-tape closures. These WeatherBeeta boots were reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme, scoring 7/10 – read the full review.
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