The best tendon boots provide the backs of your horse’s forelegs with support and protection from strikes and blows that are caused by clashing opposing legs and hind hooves. This part of your horse’s leg is particularly vulnerable to injury as the majority of the tendons and ligaments run down the back of the leg.
As they’re made with shockproof materials, tendon boots are usually fairly rigid but they should not affect your horse’s ability to flex his joints – and it’s helpful if they’re lightweight, too. It’s important they sit comfortably and don’t cause rubbing, plus many are designed with ventilating materials to prevent heat build up. Open-fronted boots are particularly popular in showjumping as they allow your horse to feel the poles. Tendon boots are often paired with fetlock boots on the hindlegs and are usually available in matching sets.
Best tendon boots
Weatherbeeta Pro Air open front boots
Colours: Black or white | Sizes: Cob, full or warmblood | RRP: £62.99 | Review: 10/10 |
These Weatherbeeta boots have a lightweight, tough and durable outer with a breathable micro-perforated neoprene lining that contours to your horse’s leg for maximum comfort and protection. They feature vents for breathability from the inner layer through to the outer shell.
These Weatherbeeta tendon boots were reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme and scored 10/10 – read the full review.
Veredus Carbon Gel Vento boot
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: S–L | RRP: £192 | Review: 9/10 |
These Veredus boots have been carefully designed so that heat released from your horse’s leg, while fresh air is allowed to enter without compromising on protection. The ventilation channels are horizontal (from the inside outwards) and vertical (from the bottom upwards), which is unique to this boot. The boots have carbon protectors combined with a nitrexgel shock absorber film within the boot.
A sheepskin-lined version of these Veredus tendon boots were reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme and scored 9/10 – read the full review.
Premier Equine Kevlar Airtechnology tendon boots
Colours: Black, brown, grey or white | Sizes: S–L | RRP: £67 | Review: 9/10 |
Available in a good range of colours, these Premier Equine tendon boots have a double-density protective shell with additional layers of kevlar (a material used in bullet-proof vests) and other shockproof materials to minimise the effects of knocks or strikes, as well as flexible zones to allow movement. They are made with ventilated neoprene to help prevent heat build-up, have silicone air vents for extra breathability and a special comfort dry lining. They are fastened with elastic straps that have quick-release clips for easy removal.
These Premier Equine tendon boots were reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme and scored 9/10 – read the full review.
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Equilibrium Tri-Zone open-fronted tendon boots
Colours: Black or white | Sizes: XS–L | RRP: £59.95 | Review: 8/10 |
These comfortable, softshell boots from Equilibrium are designed and tested to withstand concussion and penetration while remaining incredibly lightweight, flexible and breathable. Using a unique combination of materials in a four-layered protection system, they provide a comfortable and lightweight alternative to the traditional jumping boot. They are easy to wash and come with a one-year guarantee.
These Equilibrium tendon boots were reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme and scored 8/10 – read the full review.
Shires Arma Carbon tendon boots
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: Cob or full | RRP: £54.99 |
These Shires tendon boots have elasticated straps with a pin fastening for a secure, quick fit. They also feature strategically placed mesh vents that increase airflow around the tendons, helping to reduce heat build up. The ergonomically shaped TPU shell protects against impact yet the flexible structure moves with the horse.
Derby House Pro tendon and fetlock boots
Colours: Peacock or plum | Sizes: Pony, cob or full | RRP: £29.99 |
These tendon boots from Derby House come with fetlock boots for a full set. They are designed to contour to your horse’s legs with elasticated touch-tape fastenings to offer the perfect fit. The soft neoprene lining prevents any rubbing and the reinforced strike pads offer extra protection.
Eskadron Pro Flex Sport tendon boots
Colours: Black or night blue | Sizes: M or L | RRP: £84.95 for front, £49.95 for hinds |
These sporty boots are made from a TPU shell with reinforced protection zones and a soft yet absorbing neoprene lining. They are lightweight and fasten with wide elasticated straps and adjustable metal closures.
Fouganza 500 tendon boots
Colours: Black, blue, chocolate or navy | Sizes: Cob or full | RRP: £17.99 |
These boots, which have the lowest RRP in this list, have an ergonomic design, foam lining, elasticated fastenings and Velcro tabs. The shell also has reinforced areas over the fetlocks and tendons.
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Hy Equestrian Armoured Guard Pro Reaction tendon boots
Colours: Black | Sizes: M or L | RRP: £38.99 |
These lightweight durable boots by Hy are designed with a breathable and soft neoprene lining, added air vents and a hard-wearing outer shell. They are moulded to the shape of your horses’ legs to optimise flexibility, with over-locking touch-tape fastenings to ensure the boots remain secure.
LeMieux Impact Responsive gel tendon boots
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: M or L | RRP: £66.95 |
These boots from LeMieux have enhanced vented protection and a lightweight, shock-resistant shell that is anatomically moulded to support the fetlock and tendon. The rear and side vents release heat build-up as air enters the lower vents, flows around the tendons and rises to the upper extractor vent. The boots also contain a gel that absorbs energy and concussion created while jumping and protects against strikes while landing and turning.
Mark Todd Air Vent tendon boots
Colours: Black | Sizes: M or L | RRP: £51.99 |
These Mark Todd boots are described as a high performance tendon boot at a competitive price. Made from a combination of tough but flexible materials, they offer ventilation and increased shock absorption. They are lined with soft neoprene and have elasticated straps to ensure a snug fit without rubbing.
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WoofWear Smart tendon boot
Colours: Black or white | Sizes: S/M, M/L or L/XL | RRP: £64.99 |
These WoofWear boots have a vented PU shell with foam inserts for added protection. The contrasting mesh panels prevent grit entering the boots, while the ergonomic design allows flexion and the elastic straps with billet fastenings provide security.
Zandona Action tendon boot
Colours: Black | Sizes: M or L | RRP: £64.90 |
This lightweight, quality boot by Zandona is designed with an anatomical shape that conforms to your horse’s leg and allows full range of movement at the knee and fetlock. The lining is made of soft, breathable neoprene, while the tough, protective shell with reinforced strike zones is flexible to allow freedom and prevent pressure points. They are fastened with two wide elasticated closure straps and finished with a rubberised tab that makes for easy removal.
EquiFit D-Teq front boots
Colours: Black, black ostrich or brown | Sizes: S–XL | RRP: £225 |
These EquiFit boots offer a great level of protection and support with a moulded, custom fit and classic styling. Made from a durable material that is resistant to scratches, abrasions, punctures and tears. The boots have removable, washable liners that form a protective shield on impact and you can swap these out for wool liners. The tab closures offer a secure fastening.
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