Brushing Boots

In January I started working out a pattern for brushing/splint boots, after being inspired by some colorful ones I found online.

Here’s the first version: (aka the first version I was happy with as far as shape/design goes)

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I didn’t have any leather dyed at the moment, so I stuck with the plain white. I did end up painting that to make it whiter, which isn’t something I’d recommend, really. Does anyone have any experience with white leather dye?

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Anyway, like a lot of my projects it sat unattended for a long time. I have had some time to work on them again though, and finished up a new pair. (properly dyed this time 😉 )

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The straps have velcro closures for easy on/off, and fit a variety of horses. They aren’t one-size-fits-all however, and best fit horses with thinner legs, like Lonesome Glory.

They also fit the back legs too, so I could use the same pattern for a set of four, which is nice. This varies from model to model though…

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Here they are on Latigo:

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The pads, straps and velcro are all sewn down… I’ve been taking them on and off multiple horses and they’ve been holding up well.

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I’ve got ideas for all sorts of colors now… and maybe reflective ones too. 😀

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