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    09-10-2011, 09:20 PM
I know someone who go Petries this year for show season and she LOVES them. She went for Ariat tall boots at first, but the quality just wasn't there, especially in the zipper. (Although if the zipper does break, you can get that repaired.) I don't like Ariat boots. I've found that they don't have good wear and tear. I'm not sure if it's just the model that I have, but my pair of Ariat paddock boots have absolutely no foot/ankle/sole support whatsoever.
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    09-11-2011, 04:01 PM
^ I agree with you, I bought the paddock boots from ariat after 2 rides they looked like poo, no support at all either, and I wont be buying boots from them again, I bought Equi comfort paddock boots and the leather is great, support is wonderful too.
    09-11-2011, 05:14 PM
Yep, I wear my paddock boots all day, 6-7 days a week and the Ariats didn't last very long. Now I actually use boots meant for outdoor sports like hiking. Way more durable!
    09-12-2011, 01:55 PM
I'm wondering how well these would fit/hold up as I don't want to spend a lot of $ but I still want something that looks nice:

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    09-13-2011, 06:20 PM
I've heard Mountain Horse is comparable to Ariat in quality. Also better price range and more sizing options.
    09-13-2011, 07:13 PM
Originally Posted by DejaVu    
I've heard Mountain Horse is comparable to Ariat in quality. Also better price range and more sizing options.
i have mountain horse winter boots and love them. I'd hope the leather versions are the same. :)
    09-18-2011, 10:21 PM
Can you wear field boots in dressage shows? I'm wondering because I'm going to be doing dressage for the first time this coming up year!
    09-23-2011, 10:35 PM
Originally Posted by saddlesandskis    
Can you wear field boots in dressage shows? I'm wondering because I'm going to be doing dressage for the first time this coming up year!
I wear a pair of field boots at rated dressage shows and haven't run into any problems.
    09-24-2011, 06:06 PM
So, if I'm going to be on the dressage team in college this year but might also be interested in jumping, would you say that field boots would be the right choice for me?
    09-24-2011, 09:26 PM
For me, if boots are not comfortable to walk around in, I will not ride in them. My first tall expensive boots, had no brand name on them that I remember (none marked on the boots, maybe at the store or box they were in), they were uber comfy to walk in. That was over 20 years ago. Those boots held up & looked like new. My daughter bought a pair of Ariats, her feet where aching all the time to walk around in them. Before the provincial finals, she asked to borrow my boots, I felt sorry for her & just traded them for the Ariats. Thought I could break them in. Instruments of torture or what???? I tried breaking those things in, wore them in water, doused them in conditions, they bit into my ankles where they creased. Needed a boot jack to remove them, NEEDED, otherwise they would have torn skin. I wanted my 20yr old boots back but moms are moms & we think of our kids 1st, grown kids as well. I bought a pair of Dublin zippered back boots. With tax, came to just under $200, very comfortable. I choose wide calf as not to stress the zipper, as I read its not a matter if the zipper will break, it's a matter of when (for all brands). I tried on many different brands at different stores to find these, as I said, if I don't find comfort in walking in them I won't ride in them. For paddock boots, I have a pair of roper lacers which are over 10 yrs old & cleaned up, they could pass for new. So those are my two recommendations, Dublins & Ropers. I did try on Ariats, both styles, both I could feel that familar bite in the ankle, no thanks jack.

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