Laugh all you want. There are 2 riders in my house and 5 pair of tall field boots. You see, when I got back into riding, I was determined to have those tall boots that I never got as a child. So I bought a pair on e-bay. They are as stiff as wood and may never break in. So, I also have an old pair from my sister (too big!), a used pair I bought from a friend(sort of fit),a decent pair of newer ariats I bought to show in, and just this week I purchased a pair for my 14 yo daughter at a used tack store.
The pair I wear to show in are low end ariats, but they are nice. I think they are technically too tall for me, though. The ones from my friend are lovely soft used high end ariats that have stretched and dropped, but the foot size is a half size too big.
Here is the first question: Both of those ariats are about 3" too tall compared to my leg. (my heel to back of knee is 15.5", both pair of boots are about 18 - 19"). Even the lovely soft broken in boots are higher than the break in my knee, so when I wear them, I get that kind of folded over look behind my knee. Is that a total NO NO?
Here is my second question: I intend to find a good cobbler and have the used quality boots I bought for my daughter cut down. It's the only thing I can think of, as her leg to knee measurement is 15", and there just aren't boots out there that short. And of course she has a wide calf, just to make things interesting. What should I tell the cobbler for fit? The boots have a lot of drop, and I don't know whether to say just 15"from the heel, or what. Maybe 16.5"?
Luckily we only show local, because both of us are going to be walking around with baggie boot ankles.
Here is my third question: What is really the preferred look in a hunter show for the tall boots? Do you just have to show in stiff as a board boots? I know the boots are supposed to drop, but I doubt they are supposed to look like an accordian around the ankle and then be crumpled behind the knee.
Please also feel free to add your boot stories. I'll bet I'm not the only one who has multiple pairs just trying to find one that works. ...