Model: Nero Line Carbon Gel by Marcus Ehning/Open front jumper boots
Category: Horse Boots and Wraps
Purchase: I won these last Fall when I came in Fifth in the USEF Hunt Seat Medal Final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg. I am not sure what they cost, but I am guessing that it is around $180-200. At first I was hoping that the boots would make me ride like Marcus Ehning. When I realized that wasn't going to happen magically, I hoped that they would make my horse Eva Hesse jump like Marcus Ehning's horses. That didn't happen either, but I am still very impressed with the boots
Likes: These boots are extremely comfortable. I put them on and wore them around the house...no seriously they are made with a spongy foam lining. The boots are very spiffy looking and are easy to put on and take off. They are very aerodynamic with a cool logo of two horses jumping and the name Marcus Ehning engraved subtly into the boot (that name has got to bring you luck somehow). They are easy to keep clean and the black exterior plastic composite does not pick up scuffs.
Dislikes: I was jumping my horse Eva Hesse over a fairly complicated course in a lesson and I was headed to a 4'3" oxer off of a tight turn we got a bad distance and crashed. My horse somehow caught the front rail with her knee as we were taking off. She carried the rail with her into the second set of rails (the back rails of a really wide oxer), which caused her to stumble and somersault as she came down. It was a nasty fall. I was thankfully thrown clear. She got up, her face and knee were all scraped up. I was able to remount and take one fence (a low one to rebuild our confidence) and call it quits. I am pretty sure that the boots protected her legs in the fall. They did cause a fairly deep abrasion on the back of her knee. The stiffness of the boot, any boot that protects the flexor tendon via a hard shell means that it can not give in a crash like this because it can not completely follow the motion of the horses leg. It made me think that no boot at all might be better.
Quality: These are beautifully made durable high-tech boots. They have anti-shock carbon, quick release tips, a double density shell, elastic straps and flexor tendon protection in carbon + gel. They are very cool looking.
Summary: I like these boots in spite of what happened when I crashed. I will use them again. I recommend them wholeheartedly. Now if only they could make me ride like Marcus.
Author: Zazou Hoffman
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
6 reader(s) voted.
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