Brushing Boots on Hind Legs?
I intend to make a little foray into eventing this coming summer, so I figured I'd best ask my question here. I am getting to the point where I want more protection on my mare's legs when we work. She is well into 2nd level dressage and although we're both still in the popping over logs stage, I don't want her to hurt herself - I've had enough of lameness this year!
She never strikes hard, but does occasionally leave streaks of dirt so I know she's hitting herself. The thing is, I haven't ever bought real brushing boots before. I have always used an old cheap pair of neoprene splints or an ancient set of leather splint boots that are older than I am. The leather ones are finally dead and the neoprene ones don't even come close to fitting her legs; they're too small. I've been looking at boots online, but I'm just confusing myself more and more.
Here's the long and short of it: I need an inexpensive, quality set of brushing boots for all four legs. She has nice, short cannons and can't use a super-tall boot (not over 10" tall) but she's pretty stout for 15.3hh; over 9" cannon diameter. I cannot use fleece, and I don't want to overheat her legs or get thorns/burrs/sticks/grass stuck everywhere. I don't even know where to begin looking at all the materials available. I am willing to care for leather, but it needs to be able to take a beating. Anything I get needs to be able to take a beating and last. Can you use front brushing boots like these on the hind legs if you size up? Or do you need to use ankle boots instead? Any recommendations or advice? Thanks!