Brushing boots or splint boots are used to protect a horse's legs during exercise.
Bushing boots or splint boot help protect the lower leg of a horse from injury that may occur if one leg or hoof strikes the opposite leg. Split or brushing boots are commonly seen on horses in fast work, such as jumping, when in training, or in competitions such as reining or eventing.
Brushing injuries are far more common on the forelegs, when one hoof catches the other leg, or when the fetlock or cannon bones hit each other. This can cause a serious injury on a horse's legs, especially if the horse is wearing shoes.
Conformation of a horse can often lead to brushing, although even horses with text book conformation can also accidentally injure themselves. Brushing boots may also be placed on horses in the field to protect them if they get overly excited. Other reasons for use may include placement on a young or unfit horse which may be excitable and step on itself, or on horses subject to intense work that may stumble more if they are tired.
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