View Full Version : new xc boots?
Apr. 7, 2011, 03:54 PM
I'm thinking of getting some new xc boots for my mare.
I currently use, and am very happy with, professional choice ventech boots on all 4, paired with standard el-cheapo gum boots on the front. The pony is competing Novice right now, had never "needed" the boots - she doesn't over reach, hit things and has no injuries to protect. Strictly preventative medicine. I have open fronts and ankle boots she uses for stadium. So new boots are strictly for xc.
The professionals choice boots are difficult for my junior rider to put on and she is going to more and more events where I am not there to help her. So I guess new boots, that are easier for a child to put on correctly are called for.
Which brands and models are really worth the money? I want mid price range, small to medium size (the mare is under 15 hands) I want something more than simple galloping boots. I mean the whole purpose is to protect the leg from being injured by either hitting a fence or being struck with another leg...
Having the boots come in purple would be a huge bonus. The kid adores purple. Everything has to be purple. She rides in a purple saddle pad, purple helmet cover, purple shirt, purple breeches, purple gloves, purple whip, etc, etc... If I would et er paint purple designs on the white pony, she would...
Apr. 7, 2011, 04:02 PM
The WOOF sport brushing boots are really popular for the lower levels. They hold up well, don't slip, easy to put on, are relatively inexpensive, and most importantly...they come in purple! http://www.smartpakequine.com/ProductClass.aspx?productclassid=4759&cm_vc=Search
Apr. 7, 2011, 04:44 PM
I have always liked the Bar-F boots. I find the velcro holds up better than the Woof boots: http://www.horsenpetoutlet.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=192
For SJ, the Romas come in purple: http://www.classicsaddlery.com/bootshorse/exercise.htm
But as far as the boots with cannon/shin protection, I have only seen black, brown, white and navy and occassionally green. She can always get black and then add purple electrical tape
I would recommend N.E.W. Nunn Finer, Premier Equine or Dalmars. I like the Premier Equines and Dalmars on my little guys.
Apr. 7, 2011, 07:24 PM
I have the Premier Equine Eventing front and hind. Love them! Cost me $200 for all 4
Apr. 7, 2011, 08:06 PM
sale prices here, often cheaper even with shipping:
Apr. 7, 2011, 09:01 PM
I have had nothing but trouble with Woof boots, the velcro wears down way too fast. The regular model is higher quality than the Sport model though. My Woof Sport boots didnt last 6 months of regular use, and I didnt even use them on xc. I ended up losing one out hacking when they got wet and velcro gave out (or so I assume).
I guess Im just a Boogaloo girl (they come in black with purple velcro, but not all purple). I have a set that is coming up on 13 years old, used every day all year round, and they are still going. I had to patch the bottom of the strike pads about 5 years ago, and had to sew on a few velcro strips that had torn off, but at least the velcro is still as sticky as the day I brought them home!
I dont use them for xc anymore as I have PEs for the hind, and am planning on coming home from Badminton with a front pair or Prolites. But I still use my Boogs every day.
Apr. 7, 2011, 09:32 PM
I have the very best luck fitting my ponies (real ponies) and smaller horses (15-15.3) in Bar F/Pelham-Ascots or Woof boots (the "Club" or All Purpose, especially). Nunn Finer's Woof knock offs are also a good choice for small boots. Both the Woofs and NFs should be able to be had with purple straps, but not the Bar Fs.
You could go hard core cross country boots, but you may have a hard time finding a brand that fits a small horse/pony well enough. I find them overkill for novice horses, anyway, but I also don't stud for novice (which is my biggest reason for upgrading to true xc boots).
Apr. 7, 2011, 09:38 PM
YB, the link I posted has barF with purple velcro. I didn't know you could get boogaloo with purple. They are great boots, hold up much better than Woof which I have totally given up on because they aren't such a good deal when you have to replace every 6 months. I have had my Dalmars for 7 or 8 years and am only now thinking of replacing
Apr. 7, 2011, 09:45 PM
^Well, excellent! That's good to know.
Apr. 7, 2011, 09:56 PM
For XC, protection, I definitely recommend Dalmars. Bought them last year and love love love them, and the hinds are very simple to put on and fronts aren't much harder. For lower levels though, I still use the woof double lock brushing boots. Easy and simple, stay on through the water without slipping, come in colors and hold up well enough for show use. Daily use they wear down pretty quick.
My trainer also uses the ecogold boots, which are lovely and simple. For lower levels and daily rides, we use the dressage boots and they hold up very well and come clean easily. Don't come in colors though, i don't think.
Apr. 8, 2011, 01:00 AM
Great suggestions, all! Never heard of Boogaloo, will have to google them. And hadn't seen BarF in a long time, so will give them another look too. Appreciate the links for Premier and Dalmar. They look very very similar. And more in line of what I think I'm looking for. I realize that much protection might be a bit of overkill at Novice with a pony and a kid, but I plan on this pony competing with one kid or another well into her 20's, so I'm a bit paranoid about legs and feet.
I'm not a fan of Woof. Lots of people at the local barn have them, and they are constantly replacing them. So no Woof boots for me. Even if they would just be used for xc and schooling xc, I still don't want to be replacing them that often.
I'm a tack fiend, and as as the pony is mine, and I buy the tack, the kiddo riding gets what I like and I'll take cannon/tendon protection over "available in purple" any day. The pony isn't wearing studs now, but will be by fall when they start the move up to Training. The pony is a hair under 14.3, and average in bone, so most "real" xc boots are simply too big, come up too high under her knee and some I tried (borrowed the NF "American Style") actually interfered with her folding her front legs to jump. She hit fences wearing those she'd never hit before or since...
So these would be xc-only boots, as I have a great set of waxed leather & neoprene open front boots and matching ankle boots as well as dressage boots (gotta love TOTD). Though we rarely use boots for flat unless there is mud and risk of slipping
How true to size do the Premier and Dalmar's run? Are the pony sizes really pony sized?
Apr. 8, 2011, 09:34 AM
Dalmars run very true to size. Premiers fairly true, but on the larger side of the sizes for the medium and large
Auto Be A Storm
Apr. 8, 2011, 09:34 AM
I have WOOF boots. I have never had a problem with the velcrow, the only problem we have is normal wear and tear! I have two sets, one for schooling and one pair just for shows!
Apr. 8, 2011, 12:36 PM
I didn't know you could get boogaloo with purple.
Oh you dont want to know what she can do....
Arent they precious?:D
Apr. 8, 2011, 01:12 PM
Oh, no!! This is going to cause a problem with the tack spending cut back
Apr. 8, 2011, 02:21 PM
Now THAT is a custom boot! Too Cool!!!
Wish my kiddo would go with something other than "girly" purple. So been-there-done-that.
Maybe I can convince her that Mardi Gras is a state of mind, and add some lime green to the purple? Would be good to get boots in green and purple!
How are they for real protection though?
Apr. 8, 2011, 03:00 PM
They dont have solid tendon guards, but they are at least as protective as Woof boots or Nunn Finers. They are a slightly thicker sort of open celled neoprene with reinforced inside strike pad.
The main part of the boot doesnt come in purple. But there are several velcro colours. http://www.boogalooboots.com/materials.htm
Apr. 8, 2011, 08:24 PM
Bob, do you know if the Boogaloos can have pink velcro? All the colours pictured on the site aren't quite what I'm looking for (hot pink, not wimpy pink :lol:) I'm just starting out so I don't NEED super-special-fancy boots, but why buy two pairs in the long run?
Apr. 8, 2011, 11:14 PM
I had a mare that was the same size as yours and these fit her really well. http://www.vtosaddlery.com/product/BRUSHGALLOP/WMGB.htm
They are cheap, but last forever.
I use WOOF Club boots on my 17hh ISH mare because they come in so many different sizes (cant really find anything else that fits her).
As for colors I love purple and lime green together (yellow looks cool thrown in there too), plus Roma makes this awesome saddle pad
http://www.victorycanter.com/product.php?productid=20553 . My big red mare looks smashing in these colors, but again I think almost any horse does ;)
Apr. 8, 2011, 11:27 PM
Ive never seen hot pink, sorry! But I have seen duct tape in hot pink, if you cant find it on boots.
Apr. 8, 2011, 11:59 PM
I second the Woof boots!:yes:
Apr. 9, 2011, 12:45 PM
I am very surprised to hear that /bobthehorse, I had one pair which, I used for 10 ;)years on three different horses; they not only survived intact, but, were in good enough condition for me to sell at the :cool:Middleburg tack exchange
Apr. 9, 2011, 05:36 PM
Another vote for Boogaloos!
Apr. 9, 2011, 09:02 PM
I haven't had good experiences with Woof boots, either. The Clubs are pretty cheap. I bought the more expensive version and the velcro had to be replaced after a year or so of 3x weekly use. I hand washed them and tried to keep the velro clean.
These boots, on the other hand, I've had for 9 years and they're still going strong! I put them in the washer/dryer regularily and they come out looking brand new everytime. I have found the neoprene to be better quality, better padded, and the velcro is far superior. I buy these for daily use and lower level XC horses. They're great!
This picture shows them in purple: http://www.farmhousetack.com/servlet/the-483/woof-boots,-neoprene-woof/Detail
Too Old for Pony Club
Apr. 10, 2011, 02:10 AM
Another vote for Boogaloos.
Love mine, and had a pair of the brushing boots and the open fronts made for a friend in her colours, in pony size. Measured the length of the cannon and sent it off and the resulting boots fit great.