Why do horses need leg protection?

18. February 2020 / Guide / 3 Minutes
Why do horses need leg protection?
The legs are often the weakest point of your horse. Injuries to the extremities can often look superficial and yet cause great damage and mean a longer period of downtime for your horse, a disability or even the end of its life. Therefore, you think about the well-being of your horse and disregard any effort involved in putting on leg protectors.

What you should consider beforehand:  

Think before you act
  • Are your horse's legs rather fragile, are the muscles, joints and tendons weak or vulnerable?
  • What is the effect of stress on the horse's legs?
  • How susceptible is your horse to superficial injuries, such as abrasions?
  • Does your horse often have thick legs after being in the box (gall formation)?
  • How quickly do galls disappear?
  • What kind of discipline do you practice?
  • Which areas of the horse's leg need special protection?
  • Does your horse have any anatomical impairments (e.g. do its legs brush against each other)?
  • Does your horse overstride and hit his forequarters with the hindquarters?
  • Is your horse secure in its movements or rather clumsy?
  • Does your horse often injure itself in the pasture or in the stall or when playing with other horses?
  • How does your horse behave during transport in the trailer?
  • How often and what distances do you cover with your horse in the trailer?

Consider these points and then choose the best way for your horse to protect its legs.

Boots & Fetlock boots

Horse boots and fetlock boots are the most popular protectors for the horse's legs. They are easy to use and care for. There are different types such as hard shell boots, jumping boots, fetlock boots, boots that protect the inside of the hind fetlock or shorter boots that enclose a larger area of the fetlock head. Tip: You can also use " standard" boots designed for front legs on the hind legs.


Bandages take a little more time to put on your horse. However, you can protect a large area of the horse's legs with bandages. For example, you can enclose the entire fetlock head and protect the entire tubular bone down to below the carpal or tarsal joint. Bandages can also be easily washed in the washing machine.

Bell boots

If your horse overreaches with its hindquarters or is not yet able to keep its balance well (young horses), bell boots are often used to prevent ball kicks. Bell boots also protect part of the fetlock bend from injury. They also prevent your horse from kicking its shoe.

Stable boots

Stable boots are used for if the horse tends to hit the wall of the stall or when horses fight with the neighbouring horse in the paddock.

Travel boots

Travel boots protect the horse's legs from the carpal or tarsal joint down to the ground. Restless standing horses can be adequately protected without restricting circulation. These boots are therefore also suitable for longer journeys.

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