View Full Version : Over reach boots and Jumpers
May. 4, 2010, 05:53 AM
Do a lot of jumpers wear overreach boots? I know many eventers won't use them due to the horse tripping on them, seems to me that a lot of showjumpers use them though? thoughts?
May. 4, 2010, 08:19 AM
Most eventers I know do use them. In fact, I'd say 90%+ out on cross-country, especially at the upper levels. If they fit correctly, your horse really shouldn't have much risk tripping on them. He's more likely to pull them off accidently.
May. 4, 2010, 08:23 PM
I was told by several trainers that they don't like the pull on bell boots for two reasons 1) they can trip on them 2) they might increase the chances of rails (more things on the feet to knock the rails)
Instead, I've seen these (http://theharnessshoponline.com/images/t_154.jpg) used and the new veredus over reach boots (http://www.wychanger.com/shop/images/veredus%20tekno%20shield.jpg).
May. 4, 2010, 09:03 PM
My mare wears quarter boots like the first one's MCarverS posted. The only problem I have ever had is they will occasionally slide up so she is wearing them like an anklet. It doesn't seem to bother her, though.
May. 5, 2010, 10:20 AM
The Veredus over reach boots are called Carbon Shield boots. They are great protection. They are stronger and because of the carbon fibers give much better protection than the rubber heel boots. But they need to fit to be effective. A horse with a very low heel will have some problems.
Many top horses are using them.
May. 5, 2010, 10:29 AM
Never in my life have I heard of horses tripping on bell boots, in my experience they either come off or rip if they get stepped on or in my horses case if he wears then 24/7 he eats them :rolleyes:
May. 5, 2010, 12:15 PM
I do not use bell boots or any over-reach boots in the ring (I mainly event) because my horse is more likely to pull a rail with them on and he's not going fast enough to need them.
Out on XC, and on a short-backed horse that I ride occasionally I show in these: http://www.bitofbritain.com/Petal_Boots_p/9778.htm
because they don't create a suction effect in water and they can be custom fit. Also if one piece breaks off I just have to replace that one piece and not the whole boot :)
May. 5, 2010, 10:39 PM
I don't with one horse. My horse rubs poles and doesn't notice or care with them on.
With my other horse I do because he's careful and pulls shoes easily.