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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%
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post #31 of 36 Old 11-21-2013, 10:20 PM
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Congrats on your success!

Here in Manitoba (Canada), it's all about warm. I have a fantastic pair of WindRivers from Mark's, but for the REAL cold, nothing but Sorels wil do. Both my English and Western stirrups are larger, for just this season, which is always potentially from November to April. I don't notice my stirrups as being excessively large or awkward, either. Just easy to slide that boot out!
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post #32 of 36 Old 11-23-2013, 07:40 AM
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I have a pair of mountain horse rimfrosts. They do me fine at around 15F after that I don't know because it's a quick feed and back inside. I don't do winter well. The wide calf fits my chubby 54 yr old body fine. Zippers were real stiff but running a bar of soap took care of that fine.

I do have an over-sized set of stirrups from my husbands saddle I could use with even heavier boots but if I do my daughter needs to know I've lost my mind and she needs to retrieve her mother.
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post #33 of 36 Old 11-23-2013, 06:04 PM
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I have the Mountain horse stella polaris and I love them, the only issue I have is that they are a bit tall so after riding in them they drop and the folds hurt my ankles, but once a take them they return normal and are fine, but man do they kill me to walk in after I've ridden

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post #34 of 36 Old 11-23-2013, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie View Post
I've never done a poll before, so what better purpose than shopping :)

I am off to buy some winter riding boots tomorrow. Our winter here will last till. March or April and will see averages of -10 C down to -40 C. Today I rode out in -15 C which is 5 F, and my poor toes were very painful when I got back inside and they thawed out. So invest I must!

Your votes please on what to buy.

Please be influenced by what will keep my feet warm, rather than price. I will wear these for 5 to 6 months and am prepared to invest for comfort.
1. Don't go looking for "riding" boots if you're really interested in being warm.

2. If you can find a good pair of boots with sheep fleece lining that will work, but "if" you can find them they are likely to be pricy if they're any good.

I don't often need to worry about down here, but when I did live in cold areas (and when we do get a cold day here) I still just wear my old army boots with a pair of heavy cotton socks under a thick pair of wool socks. If I feel my feet starting to get cold (before they actually get cold) I trot and post (gets more blood flowing to the feet ) until they feel warmer.

They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)
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post #35 of 36 Old 11-23-2013, 06:55 PM
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Rosie, I just discovered that Sorel makes a riding boot. I don't bother with mukluks, too expensive. If the snow is dry my liners work fine. One does feel the lumps and bumps in the snow tho but feet stay toasty warm as long as I keep moving. And the liners weigh barely anything.
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post #36 of 36 Old 11-24-2013, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Saddlebag, I am both overjoyed at this news, and gutted to learn it only after I have made my purchase

I just did a search and found their Slimpack Riding Boot Women which look lovely.

But I wouldn't risk doing an online purchase because of the calf-fitting problem so maybe by the time I find a local stockist I will have saved up my pennies again

Thanks for the info.

Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.
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