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    View Poll Results: Which Boots shall I buy?
    Ariat Bromont Tall Boot $329 3 16.67%
    Mountain Horse Rimfrost Rider II Winter boots $139 7 38.89%
    Ariat Brossard Tall Winter Boot $200 3 16.67%
    Other - but only vote for this if you REALLY know a better option! I want to make a purchase decision... 5 27.78%
    Voters: 18. You may not vote on this poll

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        11-19-2013, 08:31 AM
      #11
    Showing
    From years of cold weather riding we learned to do mostly trotting and posting. Posting keeps the toes warmer. Bareback means a nice cosy bum but then the tootsies get too cold. Actually if you can endure the pain it will go away but just be real careful when dismounting. As an experiment I wore moccasins with thin nylon socks to water the horses in -25C temps (blinkin' cold) To my amazement, my feet were warm as long as I kept moving and I was in snow the whole time. So movement is key.
         
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        11-19-2013, 09:34 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    For winter riding, I cannot live without these:

         
        11-19-2013, 10:30 AM
      #13
    Showing
    LOVE my Mt Horse. All my boots are by them and I've been very happy with comfort they offer. The winter boots I have (although I believe it's a different model than in poll) are going through the 3rd winter now, and looks like new still.
         
        11-19-2013, 10:47 AM
      #14
    Started
    I actually like my bogs, with wool socks. That said, I ride bareback all winter, so it doent matter how bulky/inappropriate my boots are
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        11-19-2013, 03:40 PM
      #15
    Started
    Bluespark, believe me if I had the skill (and the appropriate horse - not a Mountain-sized beast), I would be riding bareback in this weather too.
         
        11-19-2013, 03:44 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    I did a conversion and it is cold where you are! My experience is that no matter how warm the boot is, if it keeps you comfortable you will wear them out quickly. Therefore, I voted for the cheapest. You'll have to replace them sooner than you think. Also, it isn't the boot, it's the socks, how you layer, and putting them on in a draft free but outdoor cold temperature to eliminate sweat in your boots. The sweat is what makes you cold.
         
        11-19-2013, 09:10 PM
      #17
    Trained
    Corporal, I definitely disagree with going with the cheapest. You get what you pay for. The cheap ones will indeed wear out and/or not keep feet warm and dry. A good pair of boots will last at least the season, and depending on the use maybe several seasons. The investment in $ and time to decide is well worth finding the right pair of boots in the end.
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        11-19-2013, 10:20 PM
      #18
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    Whenever I have bought riding boots in the past I have always gone for quality and fit for purpose, generally ending up with the not-the-cheapest. And actually as I only wear my riding boots to ride - not to do farm chores, or walking, or living... I find that they do last a long time!

    I see that I omitted to say that I ride English, so I do need boots that fit in the stirrups. I have some wonderful Sorel boots (can't remember the model) for outside chores. They look like Giant Boots, and they keep my feet toasty - but fit in a stirrup they would not!

    For those that recommended foot warmers, I've tried them. We have a cupboard full - but in this climate I need the boots to be keeping my feet warm too; if they're not up to the job then the poor little foot warmers don't stand a chance!

    Thank you for all your opinions - I go to Greenhawk in Edmonton to give them lots of my money. I shall update you tomorrow evening
         
        11-19-2013, 11:21 PM
      #19
    Trained
    Best riding winter boot is Auken, however they are limited to riding, they are like tall boots, only fit under breeches and the toe is nice & narrow. They have worked in -10C for close to 2 hours of riding, feet very warm.
         
        11-19-2013, 11:23 PM
      #20
    Trained
    And they are sold at Greenhawk!
         

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