An hour of searching old threads and looking at manufacturer web sites has yielded a whopping four options for 'serious' xc boots available in size small:
Premier Equine Originals
Would much appreciate fitting experiences with these on little guys. I have a 14h Arab doing T3D this year and contemplating prelim. Woof originals fit small in front, medium behind, but a recent bruise has convinced me it's time to get him something that covers fetlocks better.
Mine is a 14h Connemara. I bought her the Tri-Zone Allsport boots in extra small from Bit of Britain. I haven't evented her in them, but I'm very happy with the fit and the weight.
With these smaller guys, I found I needed to compromise a bit on what I might consider ideal to get the fit right, in particular, that the boots not be too tall for her to fold at the knee comfortably.
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I've found that the Gygax brand size 1 boots fit petite horses quite well. This is one version. I had a pair with velcro that I used on my short-cannon-boned 16hh TB as well as on her 14.2hh TB/Akhal-Teke daughter who has skinny (I believe the AT term is 'dry') legs.
I agree that it's hard to fit the smaller types, especially if they're not stocky ponies.
Thanks GreyDes! My guy's just a speck bigger around, but height has been the real issue in fitting boots. My Nunn Finer American hinds snug up enough to fit around, but they're way too tall.
Question since you've used both Premier & NEW in our size--which hind boot has more substantial coverage on the front of the fetlocks? That's the area I'm fretting over, since he's currently nursing a bruise there.
LOVE LOVE LOVE my Ecogolds! They do take a little getting use to but they wear so well. My cob goes in them for XC and he could kill xc boots easy. They have held up for over a year now and still look new! The hind protection is the best for him I have found. He stricks low on the ankle and the ecogolds covered that the best!
Thanks all. Wish I could go to Rolex, as they're all likely to be on display there. Sigh.
Hi Baxtersmom! I have front porters, and have considered cutting them down to fit. Hesitant only because I'd have to cut so much, with no way to be sure they'll fit right when I'm done. And it still doesn't solve the hind problem, unless somebody has a pair they'd come off of?. After handling the Richland boots at the Ocala event, I'm disappointed to say they're a pale poor imitation of porters and no way worth the money.
A couple people who've tried them told me the Dalmar s/m fits more like a medium than a small. I have a hard enough time finding "smalls" that fit right, that I just crossed these off the list of options.