FEI 2024 Show Jumping Hind Boot Rules

FEI 2024 Show Jumping Hind Boot Rules

As the world of equestrian sports constantly evolves, so do the rules and regulations that govern it. The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has introduced new regulations regarding hind boots for showjumping, particularly for young horses aged 5-8 years and other classes. These changes aim to ensure horse welfare and fair competition. Below you'll find all the information you need to ensure you comply with the new rules, as well as providing you with available options to choose from. 

New Regulations for Young Horse Classes (5-8 Years Old)

The FEI has set specific standards for hind boots used in showjumping categories for young horses. The key aspects of these regulations include:

  • Maximum Interior Length: The hind boot must not exceed an interior length of 16cm.
  • Fastener Width: The width of the fastener must be at least 5cm.
  • Protective Element: The boots should have a rounded protective element on the inside only.
  • Fasteners: Only non-elastic Velcro-type fasteners are permitted.
  • Pastern Protection: Boots can have additional protection for the pastern as long as it’s made from soft, pliable material. This pastern protection does not count towards the boot’s length measurement.
  • Boot Interior: The inside of the boot must be even and free of pressure points to ensure the horse’s comfort.

You'll find all applicable young horse boots here 

Regulations for Other Classes

For classes other than young horses, the FEI has slightly different requirements:

  • Maximum Length: The boot can have a maximum length of 20cm at its longest point.
  • Pastern Protection: As with young horses, pastern protection is allowed if it’s made of soft, pliable material.
  • Velcro Fasteners: If the boot has two straps, each must be at least 2.5cm wide. For boots with only one strap, the strap must be at least 5cm wide.
  • Stud-type Fasteners: Straps should be elastic and at least 2.5cm wide. They must have holes to fit over a stud on the boot.
  • Interior of the Boot: The inside must be smooth and even, without any pressure points.

You'll find all hind boot options here 

 These regulations are designed to protect the horses from potential injuries caused by ill-fitting or overly restrictive equipment. They also aim to level the playing field by standardizing equipment specifications.

For competitive showjumpers, particularly those participating in young horse classes, it's essential to review and adjust their equipment to comply with these new regulations. Non-compliance can lead to penalties or disqualification. Riders and horse owners should work closely with their equipment suppliers to ensure that the hind boots they use meet all the specified criteria.

The FEI's new regulations on hind boots reflect a commitment to horse welfare and fair competition in the sport of showjumping. As the equestrian community continues to grow and evolve, staying informed about these changes is crucial for everyone involved. By adhering to these rules, we can ensure a safe and equitable environment for both horses and riders.

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