Tip of the Week: Clean Up Your Horse Boots!

Whether you use polo wraps, splint boots, overreach boots, or any other variation of leg protection, take time this week to give them a good cleaning!

How To:

The way you clean your horse’s boots will depend on the material. Using a stiff bristle brush to clean off the inside and outside after each ride is an easy way to avoid buildup of dirt and grime. Avoid putting leather boots in the washer and dryer, and consider conditioning the leather to keep it from cracking. Neoprene materials can often be hosed down with cold water, or left to soak in a bucket full of water. Assume hand washing is the safest route if you’re unsure of the material. Many polo wraps are machine washable, and check out our pro tip at the end of this article to avoid a knotted mess!

The Why:

Dirty leg protection can harbor dirt, debris, and bacteria, creating a breeding ground for infections and skin irritations. When left unclean, accumulated grime can cause chafing, rub marks, and even more serious issues like fungal infections or sores. By regularly cleaning your horse boots, you remove these potential sources of discomfort and prevent skin problems that could impact your horse’s well-being.

Clean horse boots also offer better comfort and fit for your horse. Dirt and sweat buildup can stiffen material, leading to discomfort and restricted movement. By keeping the boots clean, you ensure that they remain supple and pliable, providing optimal support without causing unnecessary friction or pressure points. Regular cleaning and maintenance can also significantly extend the lifespan of your horse boots. Dirt and grime not only compromise the appearance but also weaken the materials over time. Leather skid boots, for example, benefit from conditioning and cleaning to prevent drying out, cracking, or premature wear. By investing time in cleaning your horse boots, you protect your gear investment and avoid the need for frequent replacements.

Pro Tip: Wash your polo wraps in a mesh laundry bag like the one below, to avoid a tangled and knotted mess!

Try a mesh garment bag to avoid tangled polo wraps! Marcin Twardosz/adobe.stock.com

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