There has been a lot of confusion recently on social media regarding BSJA fetlock boot rules and what is and isn't allowed, so we thought a quick Blog Post might help clear things up for you guys!
Initially we had hoped to create a comprehensive guide, however, quickly realised it would have been a mammoth task to cover every brand and model of boot. For this reason we will only cover the two brands we currently stock which are Equick and Veredus. If in doubt regarding alternative brands, BS have asked that people get in touch to double check that your horse's particular boots are legal for the classes you wish to enter.
We are going to cover 2 different rulings from the January 2018 handbook (Rule 14 and 15 of Section 2) both of which are available online here. So, here goes...
Rule 15 (pg 107)
To compete in ANY of the following classes you may only use back boots with VELCRO fastenings (not snap/hook closures) and they also must adhere to strict SIZE and WEIGHT requirements:
- Talent Seeker Qualifiers & Final
- Senior Newcomers Second Rounds & Final
- Senior Foxhunter Second Rounds & Final
- Pony Newcomers Second Rounds & Final
- Pony Foxhunter Second Rounds & Final
- Plus all horse and pony Age Classes
And from 1st Jan 2019:
- All Pony Competitions
- Children on Horses
- Senior British Novice Second Rounds & Final
- Senior Discovery Second Rounds & Final
So for complete clarity, any boot with the following elasticated straps is not allowed in the above classes....
Similarly, the Veredus Velcro Pro Jump Boots are not allowed due to the size and weight restrictions in the rules...
So what is actually allowed?
Manufacturers have made things easier for us here by marketing them as "Young Horse" or "Young Jump". These Fetlock Boots have Non-elasticated Velcro Closures and adhere to the strict weight and size restrictions of Rule 15
The following are all legal for the classes listed under Rule 15...
If you are competing in a class not mentioned on the list then you can use ANY other type of back boots, with the exception of those that fall under Rule 14, which we will cover next.
Rule 14 (pg 106)
This rule is currently in force for any competition run under BSJA rules, and states that:
"Boots & Bandages on horses and ponies (including but not limited to Tendon boots, Brushing boots & Fetlock boots) with rigid or semi-rigid plastic or foam inserts concealed or not concealed underneath the inner lining and or boots that apply or have the potential to apply direct pressure to the tendon are not permitted to be used anywhere on the showground. Failure to comply will incur disqualification"
We generally call these "Pinch Boots", or "Flick Boots". After consulting BSJA, the only boot we sell that is classified as being banned for competition is the eQuick eUp boot shown below...
Please note the eQUick eUp is still ok for FEI competition or for home use.
BSJA have confirmed that the Veredus Pro Jump, in both the velcro and elastic snap closure versions, does not fall under this rule, and that they are fine to use in any BSJA class excluding those listed in Rule 15.