Now my discipline when it comes to my horses is dressage. Years ago as a child/teenager I regularly competed in one day events (cross country, show jumping and dressage) and when a bad fall knocked my confidence I decided to purely stick to dressage. However, I do think a little variety is needed in a horse's life so I do jump them at least once a week.
For jumping I do like to use the correct equipment such as a jumping saddle which is more forward cut enabling your position to be secure and to protect the horse I use tendon boots which protect the horse's tendons on their front legs. Because I don't jump as often as others I didn't want to spend a fortune on a pair of tendon boots which would spend a lot of their time in a storage box. This is where the Roma Tendon Boots come in!
Roma a company owned by Weatherbeeta which is a global success. Roma aim to produce a variety of equestrian equipment at a decent price, basically they won't break your bank balance! The Roma Tendon Boots are ideal for those that are just starting off in jumping and need to protect their horse's legs as they provide adequate protection and support but without the high price tag of other tendon boots. Basically the job of tendon boots are to protect the horse's tendons by preventing them from striking the back of their front leg with their hind hoof.
My Roma Tendon Boots are exactly the same as in the picture. Like most tendon boots they are open fronted and are fastened by two Velcro straps which cross over the front of the leg and then secured with a large Velcro strap which covers both straps to ensure their stability. It is important that they are not fastened too tight which can put pressure on the cannon bone but failure to putting them on tight enough could cause an accident.
The boots have a contoured design which moulds well to the shape of the horse's leg. This offers a secure and supportive fit as well as ensuring maximum protection against knocks and brushing in the main areas of the leg; tendon, splint bone and fetlock. The boots are made from a durable synthetic leather outer shell and on the inside there is a combination of a gel and neoprene lining which offers great shock absorption which is needed for jumping.
Tendon boots go on the horse's front legs and sit just about the fetlock and should be below the knee. It is vital with tendon boots that you get the correct size for your horse as they could cause an accident. The aim of the boots is to protect your horse not cause them any further damage. If unsure about them it is best to seek advice from a saddler store or even by ringing up the brand's customer careline.
I've had my Roma Tendon Boots for a couple of years now and although I have upgraded them I do still use them on my youngster who is learning to jump as they are incredibly durable and resilient. Best of all they do protect their legs which is vital as you don't want to damage a horse's legs. As my youngster is just learning he does knock his legs often and despite these showing scuff marks and wear and tear they still stand up to the job that they are designed for.
When I first bought them they were a bit tough to begin with but this is down to the synthetic material of the outer shell but the lining on the inside was soft and almost quite spongy and a few years later although the lining has decreased in thickness due to wear it still manages to protect the horse's legs and doesn't rub or cause any irritation to the skin and fur.
Overall, these are a great pair of budget tendon boots which are suitable for anyone starting off in jumping or even cross country. They do what they are supposed to whilst giving support and protection to the horse's legs. A great buy and I'd recommend them to all.
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Sizes: Pony, Cob and Full
Price: Around the £15.99 mark
Availability: Online equestrian stores. Could also ask in your local tack shop.