If you’re like me, you grew up thinking there was one kind of boot that belonged in the equitation (and often jumper) ring. You know what I’m talking about… the “boots with the fur” otherwise known as leather sheepskin line open front boots. Bonus points for a matching fetlock set.
I still like those boots, I really do! They have their downsides though – they are hard to maintain, super expensive, and they tend to warp and not always fit great. Plus, let’s face it… they’re really out of style.
Just because these boots are no longer “in”, that doesn’t mean you need to run out and buy black expensive Equifits either. When I watched the Big Eq at WEF, I paid close attention to what kind of footwear their horses were wearing and per always… shot some pictures for you.
I was pretty surprised to see more than one horse in what looked like plain black polo wraps. Cheap, clean, neat. I like it!
Some wraps were more technical.
Of course, there were Equifits to be found…
But most of these skewed way more traditional than the black & white elastic version. Brown leather with neoprene was very popular.
I really like the way these were buckled. No flapping extra leather!
Many had something on their hind feet, but equally represented were front boots only horses.
Basically after watching this class and paying attention to the tack, I have the same advice I always try to share. Don’t go out and buy unnecessary stuff. Having the “perfect” eq boots is not going to win the class for you… good equitation will! If you want to play dressup some for an important equitation class but don’t have boots… consider some clean black polo wraps!
Do you put any special footwear on your horse for equitation classes? Which of these options is your favorite?