Over reach injuries are caused when the hind hoof strikes the heel of the front foot and can cause a real headache for horse owners as bad ones can require considerable attention and take a long time to heal.
Not all horses over reach and a number of factors such as ground conditions and confirmation can make the probability of a strike more likely. As overreach injuries tend to occur during fast work many riders use boots whilst jumping but injuries can also occur during dressage, the most common occurrence, however, is during turnout.
There have been a large number of designs over the years from pull on boots to petal/sectioned boots the most common and practical designs feature touch closure or double lock hook and loop closure. Over reach boots can also be helpful in preventing shoe loss when a horse has a knack of hitting the back of the front shoe rather than their heel.
Houghton Country stock a wide range of over reach boots available from leading brands including LeMieux, Woof Wear and Dalmar. Whether you want sheepskin over reach boots, bell boots, neoprene over reach boots we have something for everyone and all budgets.