Protection for the hind leg

fetlock

Fetlock boots are much shorter than gaiters. They are designed to protect against injuries caused by stroking (when the horse's fetlock joints touch during movement).

Different fetlock boots for different needs

Simple fetlock boots:

  • consists of a hard plastic shell
  • Comprehensive neoprene fabric with velcro fastening
  • inexpensive option with a wide range of colours

Closed fetlock boots:

  • not only protect the inside of the fetlock, but also cover the entire fetlock, similar to a gaiter
  • often made of plastic and neoprene or leather
  • good for the terrain if you ride your horse through ground vegetation

Fetlock boots with fur:

  • with a fur edge, or a complete fur lining
  • made of lambskin or artificial fur
  • prevents chafing

Put the fetlock boots on properly

The fetlock boot should fit tightly, similar to gaiters, but should not constrict. Close the caps properly on the outsideIf the fasteners were on the inside, the fasteners could get caught and open. Make sure that the strike cap Close tightly, but not with force.

If you have chosen an anatomical fetlock boot, the shape must fit snugly around the fetlock. The carpal joint must remain free to ensure unrestricted movement. An easy way to put on fetlock boots is to place them on the leg slightly above the fetlock. Now let the fetlock boot slide slowly down onto the fetlock until it fits snugly into the correct position.