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12 pairs of boots ready to go out on the cross-country course


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  • The best cross-country boots for horses are lightweight, fit well and offer excellent protection against impacts – whether it be from a fence or a strike from another leg. While brushing boots are also seen on the cross-country course – usually when a rider does not take their horse cross-country regularly as they offer better protection that nothing – cross-country boots offer a higher level of protection, and are often teamed with overreach boots where necessary.

    As an increase in tendon temperature in fast work can lead to fibre damage, breathability and airflow are also important features of cross-country boots. It’s also advantageous to have boots that do not absorb water, so as to not add unnecessary drag to your horse’s leg. Secure fastenings are also essential for a good fit and to avoid any slipping.

    Here’s a selection of the best cross-country boots (listed alphabetically) on the market right now…

    Equilibrium Tri-Zone Impact sports boots

    Equilibrium Tri-Zone Impact sports boots

    Colours: Black, white, azure blue or flame red | Sizes: XS–L | RRP: £69.95 (front), £79.95 (hind) |

    These boots from Equilibrium are independently tested in the same laboratory as hats and body protectors for full confidence that they will protect against the typical knocks and strikes horses may get out on the cross-country course. They are flexible, breathable, and lightweight, as well as easy to wash. They also come with a one-year guarantee. 

    View now at viovet.co.uk, rideawaystore.com or equus.co.uk 

    Eskadron Flexisoft cross-country boots

    Eskadron Flexisoft cross-country boots

    Colours: Black, white, dark brown or nightblue | Sizes: Pony (front only) or full | RRP: £63.95 (front), £78.95 (hind) |

    Made from a very strong and shock-absorbing material with a soft flexible zone below the knee, these boots are lined with a cushioning layer of neoprene to evenly distribution pressure and give a comfortable fit. The boots have a double (front) or triple (hind) Velcro fastening, made extra secure with a sturdy press stud. 

    Hy Equestrian Armoured Guard Event Plus boots

    Hy Equestrian Armoured Guard Event Plus boots

    Colours: Black | Sizes: M or L | RRP: £43.99 (front), £47.99 (hind) |

    These lightweight and breathable boots from Hy are lined with a micro neoprene mesh and have durable strike pads on the outer shell. They are secured with three (front) or four (hind) faux leather touch-tape fastenings. 

    View now at viovet.co.uk, amazon.co.uk or rideawaystore.com

    LeMieux Carbon Air XC Boots

    LeMieux Carbon Air XC Boots

    Colours: Black | Sizes: S, M or L | RRP: £48.50 (front), £52.50 (hind) |

    These fully vented boots from LeMieux allow air to strategically flow through the boot to keep tendons cool. They feature shock absorption and tendon support with a flexible polycarbonate strike guard, which offers great protection while retaining a lightweight profile. The new perforated lining is soft and non-slip, while an elasticated central locking strap keeps the boot secure.

    View front boots at amazon.co.uk and hind boots at amazon.co.uk

    Mark Todd Pro XC Carbon closed boot

    Mark Todd Pro XC Carbon closed boot

    Colours: Black | Sizes: S, M or L | RRP: £44.99 for a pair |

    These wrap-around boots from Mark Todd have a carbon design and flexi shank that provides additional protection while maintaining maximum flexibility. They also feature touch-tape fastenings and a perforated foam inner for comfort and breathability.

    View now at viovet.co.uk or rideawaystore.com

    New Equine Wear XC Airoflow boots

    New Equine Wear XC Airoflow boots

    Colours: Black or white | Sizes: S, M or L | RRP: £85 (front), £90 (hind) |

    Designed to be flexible, protective and cooling, these N.E.W. boots allow air to circulate around the leg, while protecting the tendons and allowing them to move. The new, shatterproof DuraFlex guard cups the tendon on the front legs and the cannon bone on the hindleg, allowing movement and resisting impact. The boots feature reformed leather straps and are supplied with a free wash bag.

    Premier Equine Carbon Tech Air Cooled eventing boots

    Premier Equine Carbon Tech Air Cooled eventing boots

    Colours: Black, white, navy or brown | Sizes: S, M or L | RRP: £70 (front), £74 (hind) |

    These Premier Equine boots are designed so that air passes through the front vents, circulates and exits out of the side vents to keep the tendons cool. They are made of Carbon Tech Microfibre leather, which is stronger than real leather, stretches and moulds to the leg. It is also lighter and machine washable. The front boots have a strike guard that runs down the back of the boot protecting the tendons and ligaments from knocks and over reach injuries, while on the hind boots it runs down the front to protect from impact with fences.

    View now at ebay.co.uk

    QHP Q-Cross Technical eventing boots 

    QHP Q-Cross Technical eventing boots 

    Colours: Black, navy, cobalt blue, purple, fuchsia, orange or mint green | Sizes: S–XL | RRP: £29.95 |

    Made of an extremely sturdy 2520D fabric, these QHP boots have shock-absorbing, breathable mesh and strike plates to protect the tendons. The strong binding makes them particularly durable, while the elastic in the fasteners offers an easy and secure fit. They do not absorb water, are dirt repellent and machine washable. These boots are a good option if you’re looking for something bright in a range of colours.

    View now at amazon.co.uk or rideawaystore.com

    Shires Arma Cross Country Boots

    Shires Arma Cross Country Boots

    Colours: Black | Sizes: Cob, full or extra-full | RRP: £48.99 (front), £45.99 (hind) |

    These contoured boots from Shires have fibreglass polymer tendon shields to protect the tendons and suspensory ligaments from over extension of the hind legs, while padding at the front protects the legs from bruising. They are breathable, lightweight, quick to dry and fastened with touch-tape straps.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, rideawaystore.com or equus.co.uk

    Veredus E-Vento XC boots

    Veredus E-Vento XC boots

    Colours: M or L | Sizes: M or L | RRP: £131 (front), £140.50 (hind) |

    These boots are described as lightweight for greater freedom of movement and flexibility, with waterproof, all-terrain robust protection. They have a flex shell, shock-absorbing strike plate and foam pads, tendon support, and are made with micro perforated neoprene that allows moisture and heat to escape. They are secured with a wide Velcro closure. These Veredus boots were reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme and scored 9/10 – read the full review.

    View now at viovet.co.uk or equus.co.uk

    WeatherBeeta Front Cross Country Boots

    WeatherBeeta Cross Country Boots

    Colours: Black | Sizes: Cob or full | RRP: £53.99 (front), £54.99 (hind) |

    These Weatherbeeta boots are shaped to the leg and mould around the fetlock area without restraining the natural action, providing comfort and protection. They have a tough strike pad that protects the tendons and feature a secure, adjustable touch-tape closure, breathable lining and durable and breathable mesh outer for maximum protection.

    View now at equus.co.uk, amazon.co.uk, rideawaystore.com or viovet.co.uk 

    Zandona Carbon Air X-Country

    Zandona Carbon Air X-Country

    Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: S, M or L | RRP: £149.90 for a pair |

    These boots from Zandona offer an extremely high level of protection including a patent-pending 360° fetlock protection, carbon fibre and gel cushioning. They are lightweight and water repellent, and the lining is contoured to conform to your horse’s limb for excellent fit and protection. The unique double strap closure ensures security.


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