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    01-02-2014, 09:43 PM
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Foal
Ariat vs. Mountain Horse Ice winter paddock boots

Are Mountain Horse significantly warmer than Ariats?

I'm comparing those two:

Mountain Horse Ice Winter Paddock Boots | DRB0671 | Greenhawk

Ariat Bancroft Zip Winter Paddock Boots | DRB0772 | Greenhawk

Thank you for any tips. Right now my daughter is wearing the Ariats (outgrowing them). Her feet freeze! Our temperatures go as low as -15C, and it is about -8 on average during winters. Her trainer said that she finds the Mount Horse Ice really toasty, but she never compared them to the Ariats.

I'm thinking to get her a pair for the next year while they are on sale, maybe 2 sizes too big, and they should fit her next year.

She did try on Mountain Horse in the store 2 years ago, but found them very uncomfortable. On the other hand, now as she's experienced true freezing temperatures and she's at the barn more, she might agree to some discomfort. But then I need to drive her to the store to try them on.

But the Ariats I can just buy online. But if the Mountain horse ones are significantly warmer, I'd like to check them out.

Thanks!
     
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    01-02-2014, 09:50 PM
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Weanling
I have the Ariat Brossard winter boots and love them. :)
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    01-02-2014, 10:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Bagheera    
I have the Ariat Brossard winter boots and love them. :)
Brossard
Bancroft


I'm trying to compare Ariat Brossard and Ariat Bancroft, and I can't figure out what's the difference. The descriptions seems to be almost the same.

Bancroft is normally $40 more, but it is on sale now, and thus cheaper than Brossard.

Bancroft is insulated with Primaloft, and Brossard with Thinsulate.

I'm not sure which ones she has now, but I think they are Brossards. Anyone knows if Brossards fit the same as Bancrofts? Gee, I wish their names weren't so different--I keep forgetting which one is which! They also look the same to me.
     
    01-03-2014, 11:19 PM
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Weanling
I'm not sure. I've never had boots with Primaloft lining, only thinsulate or faux fur. I'm sure you could google the two materials and find out more about them.
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    01-03-2014, 11:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Bagheera    
I'm not sure. I've never had boots with Primaloft lining, only thinsulate or faux fur. I'm sure you could google the two materials and find out more about them.
I read some comparison charts last night, and it seems that for our purposes Primaloft and Thinsulate are practically the same.
     
    01-03-2014, 11:50 PM
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Weanling
I'd just take her to a tack store and have her try them both on. That way you can see which she likes better and the size she needs. Then I'd shop around online for the best deal. :)
     
    01-03-2014, 11:52 PM
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I think I have the Brossard. They are not especially warm for real cold riding. Mountain horse will be warmer, I think, but as for comfort, my brossards are super comfy! I wear wool/possum fur socks inside. You can get them online. The possum fur adds amazing warmth.
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    01-04-2014, 01:46 AM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
I think I have the Brossard. They are not especially warm for real cold riding. Mountain horse will be warmer, I think, but as for comfort, my brossards are super comfy! I wear wool/possum fur socks inside. You can get them online. The possum fur adds amazing warmth.
Thanks for the rec re possum socks! She wears SmartWool, which is supposedly very warm, but her feet get numb with cold anyway.

Where do you get your possum socks? I checked thepossumstore.com and shipping is $37, which is $10 more than the socks I would be choosing. So the socks would cost me, including customs / duty, about $100. I mean, they are really nice socks, they are.

ETA: Found them on ebay, with free shipping. Now we are talking.
     
    01-04-2014, 01:59 AM
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Weanling
Feet still growing... I vote Sorels, honestly, or a cheaper knock-off with reflective insoles. Wool socks over nylon socks, lots of toe wiggle room. Added benefit of versatility beyond riding. Ime, more $$ rarely means warmer, in the horse world.

My toes have always been TOASTY with this system, riding in -25C before the windchill.

I still ride like this in the winter, though -15C is a balmy, ideal riding day, here. No 'riding' boot is warm enough for us, in Manitoba.

ETA
Larger stirrups might be necessary, but the $30 is worth it, imo!
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    01-04-2014, 02:44 AM
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Originally Posted by hemms    
Feet still growing... I vote Sorels, honestly, or a cheaper knock-off with reflective insoles. Wool socks over nylon socks, lots of toe wiggle room. Added benefit of versatility beyond riding. Ime, more $$ rarely means warmer, in the horse world.

My toes have always been TOASTY with this system, riding in -25C before the windchill.

I still ride like this in the winter, though -15C is a balmy, ideal riding day, here. No 'riding' boot is warm enough for us, in Manitoba.

ETA
Larger stirrups might be necessary, but the $30 is worth it, imo!
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Thanks! That's a good point. Are the heels good enough in them? Though mind you, Sorrels are expensive as well. But probably much warmer, you're right.

Do you find your feet overheat in Sorrels if the weather is milder? This winter has been colder than usual all over Canada, it seems. Brrrrrrr...Manitoba

I always thought that nylon was "bad". Are you saying that it actually helps to have nylon socks and then wool over them?

She rides Western, lesson horses. Would the stirrup issue still apply?
     

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