What Are Brushing Boots Used For?
Brushing boots offer your horse's legs general, all-round protection and are ideal for hacking, schooling and lungeing. They usually have Velcro straps that can be double or single closing.
The one thing to be aware of with brushing boots is that they can be different shapes, and if so you need to make sure they are on the right way round. It used to be the case that when putting on any type of boots, the straps should always be fastened so the end of the strap faced towards the horse's tail.
Sadly, this is no longer the case! You have to look at the shape of the boot. If the inside striking pad of the boot is symmetrical, the straps should go front-to-back like normal. If the boot is not symmetrical, the larger section should go at the back fetlocks - regardless of whether the straps face forward or back - as this is the area that is more susceptible to knocks and needs the most protection.
How to Fit Brushing Boots
When fitting a general brushing boot wrap it around your horse's leg just under the knee and slide it down slightly so that the hair is lying flat.
If the boot has two straps, fasten the bottom one first. If it has more than two, fasten the middle strap first. The straps should be tight enough so that the boot doesn't move or slip but not so tight that it's uncomfortable and cutting off his circulation!