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    06-18-2012, 09:39 PM
  #1
Foal
The height / other aspects of paddock boots?

I found a pair of boots for my daughter in a thrift store that look exactly like her paddock boots, but are about 1" shorter at the ankle. Would they be okay to wear with her half chaps? They are really nice, new Rockport leather boots, that were a steal at $25. The heel is exactly the same as on her paddock boots, and the sole is the comparable as well.

Also, I'm determined to find a good deal on nice warm winter boots for her, as it gets very cold here and she's determined to ride this winter as well (and outgrew her last year's boots) If a boot is not designed specifically for riding, what qualities it should possess to pass as a riding boot, other than a heel?

Thanks!
     
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    06-19-2012, 12:58 PM
  #2
Yearling
A riding boot needs a good heel and be a little stiff through the ankle to provide support. The bottom of the sole needs to be fairly smooth. You want the boot to be able to slip out of the iron in an emergency. Hiking-type soles intended for traction are difficult to get out of the iron. I like a sole that is a little stiff - that spreads my weight over the length of the boot, so the balls of my feet don't take a pounding and go numb. Make sure the shaft is tall enough so that the half-chaps cover the upper edge completely and that the edge can't slip out from under the chap. That could be a problem for catching on the iron and getting stuck in an accident.
     
    06-20-2012, 01:59 AM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by freia    
A riding boot needs a good heel and be a little stiff through the ankle to provide support. The bottom of the sole needs to be fairly smooth. You want the boot to be able to slip out of the iron in an emergency. Hiking-type soles intended for traction are difficult to get out of the iron. I like a sole that is a little stiff - that spreads my weight over the length of the boot, so the balls of my feet don't take a pounding and go numb. Make sure the shaft is tall enough so that the half-chaps cover the upper edge completely and that the edge can't slip out from under the chap. That could be a problem for catching on the iron and getting stuck in an accident.
Thanks! This helps a lot.

I showed the boot to my daughter`s instructor, and she said the shaft was a touch short, but she was still okay to wear it. She`s still a beginner, so hopefully with the half chaps these boots will be okay until the late fall, when we`d need to look for something really warm.
     
    06-26-2012, 06:26 AM
  #4
Trained
Can I add something?

Boots with zippers on the inside are totally useless. They'll scratch up your tack or maybe even cause a rub mark on your horse's side (rubs are NOT comfortable, I've had them on my ankles many times). If it has a zipper, it has to be on the FRONT, the back, or the side that faces away from the horse... I prefer front zips in jodhpur boots, or back zips in tall (knee high) boots. I personally dislike pull-on boots but that's my personal taste.

Laces aren't safe either, they are a possible catch hazard. But too many purpose-designed riding boots have them, so watch out for that.

Edit to add; and boots with zippers should ideally have strong metal zips, or else big chunky plastic ones... but big chunky zips look ugly :P
     
    06-26-2012, 06:41 AM
  #5
Showing
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Originally Posted by blue eyed pony    
Laces aren't safe either, they are a possible catch hazard. But too many purpose-designed riding boots have them, so watch out for that.
Laces aren't dangerous.. I always tuck mine in though so my boot stays tied but in my few years of riding (nearly 10) I've never had a boot accident.

You want ones that support your ankle and I agree about avoiding zippers.. they will scratch if they aren't covered.. plus they come undone and when they break the boot is useless.
     
    06-27-2012, 04:14 AM
  #6
Trained
Tucking them in MAKES them safe but lots of people don't bother! And those who don't bother are only making things more dangerous for themselves... I have seen and heard of people getting caught up on the stupidest things.
     

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