Lifespan & Warranty
Few pieces of equestrian equipment are more important than horse boots. They can help keep your horse’s legs and feet safe from dirt, debris, branches, bars, and any number of other hazards out on the trail or in an equestrian competition. From open front horse boots to boots designed to protect your horse’s fetlock and cannon bone to bell boots for their hooves, there are many different types of horse boots available, and thus many ways of protecting your horse.
But just how long will that protection last? After all, even the best pair of shoes will start to wear out after you’ve worn them for a while, and horse boots are subject to much more rigorous wear and year than your sneakers.
Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect from the lifespan and warranty of most major horse boot makers.
Horse Boot Lifespan
As we’ll see, the lifespan of horse boots can vary depending on how they are used. That said, the average lifespan for horse boots tends to be one to two years in “average” conditions. While the exact meaning of “average” is obviously open for debate, inclement and extreme weather and usage are not typically included. If you constantly have your horse run in the mud or trek through exceptionally rough terrain, it may drastically shorten the lifespan of the horse boots.
Making Them Last
First and foremost, you need to make sure that your horse’s boots are well-looked after and regularly maintained. Think of all of the things that can cause riding boots or regular sneakers to degrade quickly. Mud caked onto the soles or moisture seeping into the sides can start to degrade their integrity. Most of us don’t polish our sneakers, but with bell boots, giving them a good wash and wipe down after usage can help boost their lifespan.
You will also want to check them frequently for any sign of flaws. This can help you save and repair the boots, if possible, or at least save your horse from riding with a damaged horse boot, which may open them up to injury.
The terrain, frequency of use, frequency of horse hoof trimming, and speed at which you ride all impact boot longevity. Make sure to trim your horse’s hooves as much as is necessary to ensure that they fit the horse boot well. If you want to make the horse boots last longer, make trekking over rough terrain and riding at fast speeds occasional rather than frequent occurrences, or eliminate them entirely.
Finally, you’ll want to check your horse boots’ warranty. These typically last for a few years and cover “general” wear and tear. Be aware that additional potential causes of holes or damage, such as studding, are not typically covered.
With your lifespan and warranty information in mind, you can get the most out of your horse boots and make them last longer.