New British Showjumping boot rule
British Showjumping has just published its boot rule for 2019, while the FEI is still to announce its own changes. The BS rule will come into force on 1 January and includes all pony competitions, Children on Horses, Senior British Novice second rounds and final, and Senior Discover second rounds and final. The new rule introduces the following measures:
* The total maximum weight of equipment allowed to be added to a horse's leg – front or hind – is 500g.
* All hind leg protections must have a maximum interior length of 16cm and maximum exterior width of 5cm.
* The inside protection must be smooth and the fixings made of non-elastic, Velcro-type fasteners, with no hooks or straps allowed.
* The rounded rigid part of the protection must be placed around the inside of the fetlock. No additional elements may be used in conjunction with the protection.
* Hind boots for classes under this rule that have an extra flap for protection should be allowed provided the flap is soft and clearly intended for protection only.
* Fetlock rings may be used in addition for protective purposes provided they are properly adjusted and the total weight of equipment on the horse's legs does not exceed 500g.
* No additional elements may be used in conjunction with the protection, as detailed above.
* Failure to comply will result in disqualification.