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post #1 of 7 Old 11-24-2012, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Beginner boots

I am just a beginner taking english riding lessons. I find my hiking boots are a bit uncomfortable and heavy and wonder what you would recommend for a good boot to wear for basic riding/lessons. Specifically for winter/cooler temp riding, but all-season option would be good too.
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-24-2012, 10:38 PM
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Not sure where you are from so not sure on what your "winter" temperatures are. If not too cold get some paddock boots, wear wool socks and a set of 1/2 chaps. If you need more insulation get some winter riding boots like Mountain Horse.
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-25-2012, 02:36 PM
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I agree with the above.

I have a pair of ariat paddock boots that are the most comfortable thing i have ever worn. I pair those with half chaps for my rides. When I rode today I just wore thick socks.
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-25-2012, 08:55 PM
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If you are serious about riding and lessons I'd pour some money into quality tall boots made for winter (like some boots by Mountain Horse (I use): Ladies' Mountain Horse® Ice Rider Tall Winter Boot | Dover Saddlery ). Otherwise just look for something warm with the hard toes (to save your feet if horse would step on it ).

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post #5 of 7 Old 11-25-2012, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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I am in Denver, CO area, so our winters are mild to me (I am originally from northern Wisconsin). I am pretty sure if temps are too frigid, I probably wouldn't have lesson anyway (trainer said she doesn't do lessons if ground is too frozen) I am hoping that I can find an all-season boot as I don't want to have to spend a ton of money on a boot for each season. I am usually warm enough with a pair of boots and some good wool socks. Sounding like the paddock boot may be a good way to go? I may do a separate thread on chaps questions.
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-27-2012, 06:41 PM
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Invest in a good pair of paddock boots (I have always had Ariats, they fit me well and are well made) and some half chaps and then when it starts to get cold out wear warmer socks. I have my "summer socks" and "winter socks" because honestly, I don't really like riding in my winter tall boots. I have yet to find a pair that are comfortable. I wouldn't worry about investing in winter riding boots for now, just a quality pair of paddock boots.
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-28-2012, 12:59 PM
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I wear WoofWear fleece lined but they're quite expensive :/ I'd get a cheap pair of jodhpur boots, thick socks and half chaps :)
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