When looking for horse jumping boots or eventing boots for horses, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. There are so many models of jumping boot on the market, it can be difficult to know what to choose. This article outlines the important features to look for when shopping for jumping boots. It also highlights the main features of The Exoskeleton from Cryochaps, which we believe to be the best jumping boots for horses!
Strike and Impact Protection
Jumping brings with it additional risks for horse and rider. That’s why it’s even more important to ensure your horse has the protection required for the task in hand. Horses can injure their legs by brushing the inside of one leg with the opposite leg, striking the vulnerable SDFT from behind (known as overreach) or knocking into showjumping poles, cross country fences or obstacles when out hunting or hacking.
Strike and impact protection is a key consideration when shopping for jumping or eventing boots. As horse owners and riders, we want to minimise the risk of injury to our horses, so we need a tendon boot that provides excellent protection.
The Exoskeleton Exercise Boot
The Exoskeleton exercise boot is ideal for showjumping, eventing, hunting or hacking. We have studied the main strike areas and provided excellent protection for these areas. The external armour forms an exoskeleton over the most vulnerable areas, such as the SDFT and fetlock. The internal secondary armour provides softness, flexibility and hardiness and is able to deform on impact and revert without damage. The Exoskeleton was impact tested against similar market leading boots and was shown to provide superior protection.
Minimising Heat Build Up
The other key consideration when purchasing jumping boots for horses is how effective the boots are at minimising heat build up in the leg. During exercise, the soft tissues in the horse’s lower leg generate heat. Excessive heat build up can result in damage and even tendon cell death. Therefore, it is vital to cool the horse’s legs after exercise and, ideally, minimise heat build up in the first place.
It is important to consider whether your horse’s jumping boots are designed to minimise heat build-up. Whist many exercise boots feature mesh material or air vents, many do not and some are even lined with insulating material. The insulating effect of boots and bandages can cause excessive heat build up in your horse’s legs.
Forced Convection Cooling
The Exoskeleton exercise boot from Cryochaps is designed with cooling in mind. Our tendon boots use revolutionary forced convection cooling to draw air across the back of the horse’s leg as it moves through the “flight” phase. This system cools the rear of the leg, where most heat build up is created, thereby minimising heat build up.
The Exoskeleton | Horse Jumping Boots
We all want the best for our horses, and if you’re looking for the best jumping boots for horses, why not invest in The Exoskeleton from Cryochaps? Science is at the heart of what we do, and the science of cooling is what we do best. You’ve already heard of Cryochaps ice boots, which bring the power of cryotherapy to your horse’s post-exercise routine. Now we bring to you the Exoskeleton, the revolutionary exercise boot that minimises heat build up during exercise. The Exoskeleton is available to purchase via our website from July 2022.
Please Note: Always check with your governing body if you intend to use these boots for competition