Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.
At this point in my life, I’ve learned well enough that it is important to plan ahead. Impulsive, while fun and adventurous, often times does not turn out well. Especially in cases when you say, are in such a hurry to dash out the door that you forget your phone.
Planning ahead fits in to many different facets of life. Which could include something as simple as dressing weather appropriately. Or it could involve picking up extra feed, bedding and new gloves from the feed store before a snow storm hits. Story of my life.
And preparation could be as simple as strapping on a helmet before a ride. Not because I’m planning on falling off of my horse…but because I want to be prepared just in case. It’s easy to overlook what safety equipment and protective gear does to keep us safe on a daily basis.
I’m a big advocate of safety, and am an absolutely fanatic about always wearing a helmet. But what about my horse? I don’t want to loose sight of making sure that he is well cared for and protected from things that could cause him harm.
Last year, I was oh so very excited that my young gelding Roo was started under saddle. And as months carried on, he learned more about carrying a rider and bettered his flatwork. When my attention was brought to his overreaching stride, I started to think about leg protection.
Which is why I started wearing tendon and fetlocks boots on Roo in order to provide him with both support and protective while he learned his flatwork basics. Some of the boots that I’ve taken to wearing on Roo are the Crescendo Aspen Tendon and Fetlock Boots from Horze.
At first glance, what do I like about the Crescendo Aspen boots? From my perspective, I like the molded matte colored outer shell that is also accented with areas with a high shine. The outer shell is also smooth, and easy to clean…which is something I’m a big fan of.
The Crescendo Aspen boots are constructed using a breathable neoprene lining, in order to promote air flow and circulation during wear and exercise. The neoprene lining of the boots is also designed to be quick drying and serves with a soft shock absorbing function.
Looking to the outer shell of the Crescendo Aspen boots. While the molded outer shells feel tough, they are contoured to the leg to allow for the complete range of motion while still providing support during use.
The boots also boast a double velcro closure on their outer side. A velcro strap wraps around the front of the leg, fastens on the outer side, and has an additional velcro strap to fasten on top. The tendon boots have two velcro straps, while the fetlock boots have a single strap.
I also find that I like the sleek appearance of the Crescendo Aspen boots. The boots are lined with a looking silver color that adds a stylish flair to their appearance. And the closure tabs? They boast a detailed Horze Crescendo logo, which includes the words “Flow” and “Rhythm”.
Roo has worn front boots before, but the Crescendo Aspen boots were the very first pair of fetlock boots that I’ve even put on him. I was unsure what his reaction would be, and was pleasantly surprised that he acclimated to them quite nicely.
I found that the Crescendo Aspen boots look very sleek and stylish on Roo. The double velcro closure made them easy to put on Roo. While they come in three colors (navy, brown and black), I find that brown blends in with Roo’s legs, and compliments his dark bay coloring.
While wearing the boots, Roo moved through all of his gates smoothly. I was happy that he appeared to move comfortably with the contoured fitting tendon and fetlock boots. They also stayed securely in place during our rides, without sliding or slipping.
It made me glad to see that I could see slight scuff marks on the inner sides of the boots after use. That showed me that the boots were doing their job protecting Roo’s legs whenever he accidentally knocked himself. They are also easy to wipe down to get them cleaned up.
The Crescendo Aspen Boots from Horze are available in three colors, navy, black and brown (pictured). They are available in matching Tendon and Fetlock boots. The Tendon boots retail for $49.95, and you can find them here, while the Fetlock boots retail for $37.95, and you can find them here.
You can also view Horze’s entire range of leg protection here.
Go Stylish and Affordable Leg Protection. Go Horze. Go Eventing.