Why do they make the calves so small - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 23 Old 03-23-2012, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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Why do they make the calves so small

On English riding boots? My 88 lb daughter who is 5' tall and skinny can't pull her new boots on. I had them stretched 1/2 " and now they fit but doubt they will with her breeches. I gave up and got her wide calves as I doubt they can be stretched much more....
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post #2 of 23 Old 03-23-2012, 09:50 PM
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No clue... I'm in the same boat... 5'10" and 125lbs... you'd think a regular would fit... nope.

What I've done with no-zip boots is had a zipper put in w/an elastic insert, that seems to create a nice snug fit that has room for varying breech thickness.
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post #3 of 23 Old 03-23-2012, 09:54 PM
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Because of skinny wenches like me. I am 5'4" and about 100 pounds, but my height is all legs. Normal sized long boots don't fit me - they are too wide already.

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post #4 of 23 Old 03-24-2012, 12:57 PM
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Even at my thinnest point, right out of bootcamp, I still had calves that were well larger than even a wide..I have have a heck of a time finding boots. Even those advertised as X-tra wide are still a good inch to inch and a half smaller than I am. Now, the other issue I have is that my right calf is a full inch larger than my left. Even if a normal x-tra wide calf would fit my left, I woulnd't be able to get into it with my right. Add in a wide foot to the mix...try and find even that in a riding boot..all these manufacturers think people who ride horses only have a 3 inch wide foot (yes exaggerated there :) ) I recently ordered a pair pof paddock boots in a half size larger than my shoe size and in a wide and I couldn't even get my foot into the thing.
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post #5 of 23 Old 03-25-2012, 05:47 PM
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Im 5' 11" and I got legs that are all muscle and big calves. And when buying half chaps online I bought them to small -_- so I had to send them back and I went to a tack shop and tried ones on 2 sizes bigger so a Large and they fit awesome! So I re order a Large and they fit awesome. But the size charts for half chaps and tall boots arent very umm accurate you may say. Better to try them on first then buy a pair.



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No idea. I'm 5'3 and 105 pounds with relatively skinny legs and I don't even fit in a regular.

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post #7 of 23 Old 03-25-2012, 10:18 PM
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I'm 5'1 and a little on the heavier side. I couldn't find boots anywhere!! Hispar (just Google it) makes boots for a size 8 in calf sizes up to 18 3/8 an inch. Best of all the boots are available in half sizes!! They are comfortable, reasonably priced (I paid $350 with shipping I believe), come with a zipper option (freaking life saver!!) and I must say they are very well made. Thank god I found these boots!
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post #8 of 23 Old 03-27-2012, 12:45 AM
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haha yeah its a problem for me as well. I can get my tall boots on quite easily but getting them off is another story altogether. My ankles always seem to get "stuck" and I can't get them off by myself which did result in me wearing them all day on sunday XD (from like 9 am till like 11pm before I could get home and get help)(i went to hunger games and got many weird looks). Why didnt I get a pair that had zippers.. ughh I've also learned that my left foot is just slightly bigger than my right for me to notice.

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post #9 of 23 Old 03-27-2012, 01:41 AM
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I think it's the opposite!

Short boots don't come in a slim calf, so I am stuck with short boots, regular calf and THICK socks, to fill up the boot.
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post #10 of 23 Old 03-27-2012, 02:13 AM
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I thought you meant that calves, (baby bovines) were made small. Yeah, well, I guess they're small compared to their mothers.

Ok, carry on . . . .
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