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Show jumping boot recommendations?

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  • Show jumping boot recommendations?

    Now that I've started eventing again, I am in the market for a nicer pair of open fronts for stadium and I am looking for recommendations on a more mid-range pair in terms of quality so I don't have to use my cheap plastic ones at shows.

    My criteria for the ideal pair of boots is that they are under $200 for the set, are obviously protective enough to get the job done, are available on Smartpak or Dover, and come in brown plastic or leather (preferred). If there are recommendations on higher quality brands to look for used, I'm totally open to that as well!

    I've been looking at the Majyk Equipe ones ( and the Smartpak brand ones ( Does anyone have experience with either brand in terms of quality and protectiveness?

  • #2
    I really liked my Veredus Olympus open front boots and rear ankle boots. I sold them when I sold my last horse as he was much larger than the horse I have now, but I still miss them in my collection and may replace them. The quality was good, and they looked nice. I prefer the hook/loop closure as I think it looks better than velcro. Otherwise I have Eskadron open fronts that are ok too. Just their Flexisoft version. Both of these sets cost be about $200 or less, but I'm in Europe and find some stuff to be way more expensive in the US. You can also source from European tack shops as I've heard some have reasonable shipping and the savings are worth it.

    I don't know SmartPak quality, but I've wanted to try a leather boot myself.


    • #3
      If you like leather, keep an eye out for used Antares boots. I got a gorgeous pair of open fronts, very lightly used and leather lined for maybe 125? They're to die for. And then there are the sheepskin lined Bevals... hehehe. No, I don't have a problem at all. Nope.


      • #4
        I have literally bought up 6 pairs of the oldest style Woof open fronts on Ebay because (IMO) they're the perfect show jump boot. They're lightweight, the straps are 1/2" thin and not thick so any kind of rail tap in the shin is absolutely felt by the horse. And they have enough padding to protect the tendons and ligaments.

        In the modern era, I would look for things that protect but do not buffer the shins from feeling the impact of a light rub. If it's an 1" wide or more set of reinforced elastic strap it's not ideal.

        "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries


        • #5
          I just ordered the SmartPak brand ones. I'll let you know.
          "Cynicism is a sorry kind of wisdom" Barack Obama


          • Original Poster

            Thanks for the feedback everyone! I'll keep an eye out in the used tack Facebook groups too. Any other recommendations on specific features to look for? Does anyone have thoughts on the protectiveness of plastic versus leather?

            Originally posted by HiJumpGrrl View Post
            I just ordered the SmartPak brand ones. I'll let you know.
            Thanks in advance! I just got a bridle from them and it was better quality than I was expecting for the price, so it would be great to know if the boots are similar in quality.