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    06-10-2013, 11:58 PM
  #121
Yearling
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Originally Posted by futuredoctor    
I need boots! Help!
Why do you need boots? Unless you're going for a "look" or competing in something that requires them.
45 years have taught me that if I need the leg protection a good pair of leggings (I prefer WW I military style used by mounted troops) and comfortable shoes work great (better than boots). But there's probably not many or any shows that allow them (not that ever mattered to me ).
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    06-11-2013, 12:56 AM
  #122
Weanling
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Originally Posted by its lbs not miles    
Why do you need boots? Unless you're going for a "look" or competing in something that requires them.
45 years have taught me that if I need the leg protection a good pair of leggings (I prefer WW I military style used by mounted troops) and comfortable shoes work great (better than boots). But there's probably not many or any shows that allow them (not that ever mattered to me ).
A proper riding boot is not for a "look" it is for safety. You want a boot with a heel and preferably a tread, one that is designed to not allow a foot to slip through a stirrup. But a big heavy boot or shoe may be too wide for a stirrup or leave little room and a foot could get caught or trapped in a stirrup, something that no one ever wants to happen.
     
    06-11-2013, 01:04 AM
  #123
Showing
I suggest Ariat paddock boots and half chaps. They can be pricey ($100+ each new) but they will hold up to a lot of use and last you a long time. As far as pants go, be sure to ask the stable exactly what they require. Most stables around here require breeches, but jeans may be acceptable, depending on the facility.

Make sure you buy a new helmet that meets all safety standards (ASTM/SEI I believe) and replace it every five years or after every fall - whichever comes first

Gloves may be required or optional, depending on the barn. Again, ask the trainer what (s)he would like his/her students wearing.
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    06-11-2013, 07:16 AM
  #124
Banned
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Originally Posted by its lbs not miles    
Why do you need boots? Unless you're going for a "look" or competing in something that requires them.
45 years have taught me that if I need the leg protection a good pair of leggings (I prefer WW I military style used by mounted troops) and comfortable shoes work great (better than boots). But there's probably not many or any shows that allow them (not that ever mattered to me ).
People have been telling me to buy boots before my first lesson.
     
    06-11-2013, 10:06 AM
  #125
Yearling
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Originally Posted by updownrider    
A proper riding boot is not for a "look" it is for safety. You want a boot with a heel and preferably a tread, one that is designed to not allow a foot to slip through a stirrup. But a big heavy boot or shoe may be too wide for a stirrup or leave little room and a foot could get caught or trapped in a stirrup, something that no one ever wants to happen.
I was told all that too, and I haven't worn riding boots while riding in over 35 (close to 40) years now. Never had the first problem in all that time. The protection part would be true except that my leggings actually do a better job for my legs and the shoes are WAY more comfortable than any riding boot. There is plenty of foot gear (other than riding boots) that work fine with a stirrup.

Boots are like a lot of things that people have clung to from the past (although the military started moving away from in the late 1800's when they started using more leggings with ankle type boots, but boots where still around....especially with the officers...."traditions" die hard). Lets face it, they still have swords , and while you can still kill someone with one you'd be hard pressed to argue that it's a needed weapon for the military. Mounted troops rode more than enough to discover if there was a problem or safety issue with walking boots and leggings.
"Boots" are really all about clinging to a style or a tradition. Not that there is anything wrong with liking a style/look or wanting to follow a tradition. Doesn't mean it's needed though, when there are things that do the job just as well (or in my experience, better).
But if you find a riding boot that protects my legs better than my Austrailian WW I leggings (US made a very similar and equally good leggings too, but later I had better access to the Austrailian ones) and feel as comfortable walking 10 miles in as my foot gear then do let me know
And unless things have changed dramatically since I was taught to ride (unlikely even after 45 years) what protection do you need when you're riding around an arena that any appropriate pair of foot gear doesn't provide?
I wore boots and liked the look (especially on the lady who taught me to ride, along with her tight riding pants ), but when I started really working on horseback, riding long distances along with spending time working dismounted, etc... riding boots (even "cowboy boots") did not measure up to good shoes or walking boots and military leggings. One of the many things I quickly learned from some of my older family members who never wore any kind of riding boot.
It depends on what you plan to do. If you're going to always do arena riding and never ride out very far so that walking very far would never be a possibility then boots might work ok.

OP you can probably still find some new, surplus riding boots with military surplus sales under some foreign military surplus. I'm sure there are online places that sell them. E.g. The old Soviet Union officers were still wearing riding boots (complete with the slightly higher front on top) right up until the end so there should be loads of them still available. An uncle of mine picked up a pair in the 90's when he needed some riding boots for an event that required the boot (for historical look). I think my oldest son has them now (he loves the look, but doesn't ride )
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    06-11-2013, 02:01 PM
  #126
Banned
Ugh it's been 18 hours since I sent the email. They probably don't accept males.
     
    06-11-2013, 02:10 PM
  #127
Green Broke
You need to take a chill pill.

I highly doubt a barn would not accept a male. Quite unlikely.
     
    06-11-2013, 02:35 PM
  #128
Yearling
I agree a chill pill is inorder. These if the c/p works these are boots we have and use. My son rides English for lessons and if he sticks with it will be getting something more English style but I don't see the need to buy something specifically for one purpose. It has been repeated several times by several members that you need a good pair of boots (shoes will do in a pinch) that have a decent tread (no heavy lug) and a 1 inch heel for safety.

I have the above Terrrain by Ariat and use them for trails whether walking or riding. They replaced my asolos that I wore for work,riding and hiking for 20+ years - almost indestructible. I have the one’s below for general farm work and riding. They wouldn’t kill me if I had to walk miles in them.[IMG]file:///C:\Users\PIZZOTTI\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\ 01\clip_image002.jpg[/IMG]

This is what my son rides in and wears to work around the farm as well as to school.
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I think it is one of their roper styles.It may not post the pics but should post a link. Now I also have paddock boots and halfs as well as tall boots but I did show for years in college and they were a necessity. You are not there yet. Give them time to respond or call and see if you can take a tour as well as set up lessons. I also seem to remember there were 22 listings maybe try another. As with anything it may take a visit or two before you find a barn you are comfortable with.
     
    06-11-2013, 06:00 PM
  #129
Yearling
I disagree, lbs not miles. Boots aren't a relic from the past with no actual use for today- they are designed specifically for not just riding, but being around horses in general.
Once a pair of boots are broken in, they're perfectly comfortable for running around in. Trust me, I know, lol. They may not be as comfortable as shoes meant for walking, and you may not be able to go on a day-long hike, but you're not going to be doing too much walking if you're taking a horse lesson or riding a horse at all, really.
Riding boots also have a steel plate for your toes, which is important. I've had enough large horses stomp on my feet to know how important it is- I have a permanent dent in one pair of boots that would have been a broken toe or two if I hadn't had it.
Also, I think you're thinking of tall boots- the ones that go to the knee. Paddock boots only go to the ankle. They're reasonably priced, and, if you get a good brand, will last a long time with minimal to no care. One pair of Ariats has lasted for almost ten years and went through three people, with no care at all. The shoe laces were replaced frequently, and they don't look pretty, but they're perfectly functional and are still our spare pair.
Another thing is that most places I know of will not let you ride without proper boots. It's a safety thing, as they're designed specifically to be in a stirrup and have steel toes. I know many, many places that won't even let you around a horse without proper boots.
Honestly, if you're going to shell out the money, you may as well get boots meant for horses and riding. Maybe not right away, but you will have to eventually. The most important thing right now is to ask your instructor what they want you to have on, though, OP. Like I said, there are places that will let you ride in what you have for the first few lessons, and there are places that won't let you near the horses without proper footwear.
     
    06-11-2013, 06:14 PM
  #130
Trained
The idea behind the boot with a heel is to prevent your foot from slipping thru the stirrup, which would be very bad if it happened when you were tossed. Being dragged would be scary stuff. There are some other ways of solving the problem,



But boots also offer more protection to the foot when stepped on than sneakers.
     

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