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post #1 of 37 Old 01-27-2012, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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Steel toe boots?

Couldn't see any forum for riding wear so I'm posting this here.

Does anyone know of any good brands of steel toed riding boots? I was looking at Equitector boots but they were very expensive, 320 for their long boots with an estimated waiting time of nearly 2 months which is ridiculous.
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post #2 of 37 Old 01-27-2012, 03:16 PM
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Just a thought, steel toes really are not needed in the saddle. How about a regular old steel toed boot for ground work then change when you hop into the saddle?
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I could do that I suppose, but I'd still be at risk of being stood on when leading the horse after dismounting.
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If a horse is stepping into your area, I think you need to correct that lack of respect and get them out of your personal space. Horses should NOT walk over or into you.. EVER! :/ So dangerous and not to mention rude on their part! 1000lbs versus ~100lbs!

Personally I don't think you should get steel toed boots, IMOP. They tire you out, and you shouldn't ride in them (my opinion and from experience.)

But that's only my opinion. Be careful!

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I agree with Sky, you need to address the behavior issue that is causing him to get so far into your space that he is stepping on your toes often enough to make you think you need steel toes.

One other thing to think about, the steel in steel toed boots isn't really that thick and it is still possible to bend it. I've known a couple of people who were wearing steel toes and when they dropped something on their foot that weighed only a few hundred pounds, it bent the steel down into their toes and they could not remove the boot. They had to call the EMTs and have the boot cut off.
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post #6 of 37 Old 01-27-2012, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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It's not that it happens often but I'd rather have the protection if it does happen, as with a riding helmet. I'm sure we've all had horses freak out before. I've had my foot stood on numerous times now before I had any chance to react. Riding many different horses I can't know their individual behaviours.

I don't think that being tired out is going to be an issue, I'm not going to be doing any walking in them.

As for the steel being bent, I'd rather cut off the boot than have a broken foot. The standard that they meet protects against any foot damage with upto 1000kg of weight.

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post #7 of 37 Old 01-27-2012, 05:00 PM
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I wear steel toes when I'm handling horses I don't know in a work-type setting. I have them for my "day job" but at the barn on weekends if I'm doing turn in or turn out, they are on my feet. In my experience, for people who regularity work at barns and a lot of BOs who help with chores, steel toes are almost standard. I don't ride in them though...
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Also - steel caps are designed to sever your toes as opposed to crushing them, so that toes can be re-attached. So your feet won't be 'invincible' even in steel caps!

I certainly wouldn't ride in them, it would be mighty uncomfortable :/
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Years ago, I worked in two very large stables in my state, and the staff were always told to never wear steel-toed boots on the job - I was very glad to be wearing regular work boots one day when a young TB began prancing in excitement as I was getting the gate open to his paddock during the a.m. turnout - needless to say, he "pranced" on my big toe, but at that unfortunate moment he then decided to stand still!
It was comparable to having 1000 lbs of compression on my foot! I was able to get him to lift up, get in his paddock, and then had an 8 hr. work day ahead! Needless to say, I ended up losing the toenail, (which grew back months later, however), but if I had steel-toed boots on..... Eeeek! I can't even imagine!
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post #10 of 37 Old 01-27-2012, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Kayty View Post
Also - steel caps are designed to sever your toes as opposed to crushing them, so that toes can be re-attached. So your feet won't be 'invincible' even in steel caps!

That's a total myth.
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