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post #21 of 39 Old 10-09-2011, 09:52 AM
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I wear these field boots at all levels in dressage competitions, even in the CDI-Ws. Never heard a bad word about it. My twice broken legs appreciate how easy they are to get in and out of.

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I'd like to jump in here, as I am searching for tall boots myself. My local tack store here ordered a pair for me 3 months ago (Ariat Field Challenger) because none of the ones she had in stock fit me (I have a small foot: Size 7, a wide calf (about 14 inches), and a tall stretch to my knee - so I need: Small shoe, tall, and wide calf.
Unfortunately, the ones that she ordered still haven't come in and I start to doubt whether they ever will (haven't heard from the tack store again and am very tempted to just go elsewhere to search for boots) ...

Plus: I really would like comfy boots, easy to break in, etc. I hate the bite at the ankle when they drop and I can't stand the blisters they cause once they are broken in (used to own a pair of 'Cavallos' that had that issue - and reading that Ariat supposedly does the same, no thank you!) Unf. I have the impression that our tack store is an Ariat Trader and doesn't do other brands (at least I didn't see any other in her store and the catalogue she pulled out was exclusively ariat, as well) ...

Allison, what sort of boot is it, that you have there?

Thanks for all the writing ups so far - the advice is truly helpful. Also - my left calf is slimmer than my right, by an inch which is a major pain to find something fitting for. I mostly wear shoes that are pinching right and too lose left - and that's the compromise I go for :P ... joy...
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I would look to Mountain Horse - I love their boots! I have a pair of their M.H High Rider II's and I love them. They've been going very strong for quite a long time...I believe 3+ years. My Hubby bought them for my B-day eons ago.

I use them for schooling, lessons, hacking, fox hunting, clinics and comps, and they look just like they did they day I pulled them out of the box. Very comfortable, I will always go with M.H.

I have a pair of Ariats, and I dislike them. So much, that they have been left to collect dust on the stair case, I believe there are some cob webs in them too....meh.....not that I care.


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Thank you MIE - I have since been browsing Mountain Horse website and found out, that their nearest supplier to where I live is 5 hours away from me - driving there in good faith that they have something that fits me is a tad bit far :(
Especially since I have a really weird foot.

Size 7.5, Calf left: 15 inch, calf right: 15 inch (yes, my calfs are different in circumference), heel to knee: 17.5 inch ...
Neither one of the measurements for either Ariat nor Mountain horse seems to be a fit ... ARGH...

The ones that Allison Finch has pictured seem - with the straps - a potential solution for my differently sized calves... Allison, could you let me know what sort of boot that is? :)

Thanks all so much! I'll keep looking and hoping!

Edit: Nevermind :) The picture URL gives the maker of the boot away - I'll browse that store.
Edit: (Another gulp: a grand for a boot... *pales* ... I don't think my husband would appreciate that ... *le sigh* :P )

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They are Dehner three buckle field boots.

The Dehner Boot Company

I love Dehners since each leg can be measured separately and made accordingly. They may not be cheap, but my last pair lasted 10 years before becoming too shabby to show in.
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Thank you Allison - I have looked at the majority of Mountain Horse Boots and their sizing charts: Unfortunately, my leg is too long for them :( ... They either have slim calfs, to have them tall, or the wide calfs all have them on the shorter range. I think I may have to bite the bitter apple and actually spend a grand on custom boots as made by Dehner.

Gosh, I can't wait for my Work Authorization to come through. Then I'll finally be allowed to work, can get a job and can actually shop to my own heart's content without having to go asking hubby - though he knows I need boots for my college. At the same time, I am not willing to pay even just one hundred USD for something that ends up not fitting comfortably...

It may mean, however, that I will be using my paddock boots for a couple of more months longer, have a spare pair of socks with me at all times (as my boots stopped being watertight a long time ago) and save up ;)

Thanks all for the advice. I know what to look for now :) (and what to save up for :) ) ...
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They are Dehner three buckle field boots.

The Dehner Boot Company

I love Dehners since each leg can be measured separately and made accordingly. They may not be cheap, but my last pair lasted 10 years before becoming too shabby to show in.

There are very nice boots out there that don't cost an arm and a leg, good enough to ride in and SHOW in.

The only thing that ever cost me was a shadbelly that I had tailor made. The rest was bought on a strict budget and I actually found leather boots to be extremely uncomfortable so never used them.
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There are very nice boots out there that don't cost an arm and a leg, good enough to ride in and SHOW in.

The only thing that ever cost me was a shadbelly that I had tailor made. The rest was bought on a strict budget and I actually found leather boots to be extremely uncomfortable so never used them.
What sort of boots are you using? I am happy for any sort of advice, really, and if there is alternatives: Please let me know :)
Also (sorry, dunno the vocabulary :( .. ) What is a shadbelly?
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What sort of boots are you using? I am happy for any sort of advice, really, and if there is alternatives: Please let me know :)
Also (sorry, dunno the vocabulary :( .. ) What is a shadbelly?
A shadbelly is the coat you are required to use in upper levels of dressage...referred to as tails.

I used the Ariat rubber ones that had the ''look'' of leather but didn't need to be broken in. The newer ones are quite good looking now.
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I'm also looking for dress boots, and just keep gravitating towards field boots...I'm going to wait until the "after holiday sales" and order a few pair of mountain horse, then send back whatever doesnt fit.
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