Open Front Boots
Open front boots, also known as tendon boots, are popular among hunter, jumper, eventing, and equitation over fences riders. These boots protect the delicate tendons and ligaments of the leg, while leaving the front of the horse's cannon bone open, which allows your horse to feel the impact of hitting their leg on a fence pole.
We carry a selection of open front jumping boots from trusted equestrian brands such as Woof Wear, Horze, and Back on Track. Leather open front boots are popular for the equitation divisions, while Thermoplastic Polyurethane (PTU) boots, like the Back on Track Royal Tendon Boots, are often seen in the jumper divisions. When looking for boots for daily schooling, consider economical plastic or neoprene boots which can be hosed off and cleaned easily between rides.
For the utmost protection, look for boots that have reinforcements along the strike zone (the back of the tendons). This helps the force of impact to dissipate without potentially harming your horse's legs. The Woof Wear Smart Tendon Boot uses an innovative, patented technology which absorbs the energy of the impact and reducing the amount of force that is transmitted.
Is your horse a candidate for open front boots? Learn more about selecting the proper legwear for horse on our blog, Horse Boots & Wraps. For questions about the boots that we carry as well as personalized recommendations for your horse, we invite you to connect with a member of our friendly sales staff who have years of experience in the barn and in the saddle.