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post #1 of 11 Old 08-07-2011, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Open Front Leather Boots!

I bought these boots yesterday which I've been saving up for! Always wanted leather boots and never owned any until now! Anyway I've got a bunch of questions.

Are they sitting properly on his legs?

What should I do about the leather straps? (they look pretty tacky just chillen, sticking out)

How tight should the boots be?

Is there anything special I should do with them before I use them? (Haven't used them yet, just put them on for the photo)

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-07-2011, 07:25 PM
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You want to be sure the fetlock is protected. They look a little high.
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-07-2011, 07:50 PM
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Those are nice!! Are they the Pessoa's?

They honestly look a tad big.. I'd worry about that much excess and on such a high hole already.. Leather will stretch with use, so you're kind of stuck, if the straps stretch at all. They might could slide down a little lower on the leg. Just a little.

Your horse looks like he has tall, thin legs. That can be hard to fit at times. If you went a size down, then they might be too short to cover the cannon properly, but in the meantime better in width for covering the leg...

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post #4 of 11 Old 08-07-2011, 07:54 PM
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Nice boots! =)
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They're all in the full size. My horse is a TB, so definitely long thin legs. I didn't ask if they had any other sizes, they're pretty new to the store. Do you think they'll work? If I went down a size I'd assume it would be in pony sizes, which would probably be to small.
Any suggestions about what to do with the excess strap?

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post #6 of 11 Old 08-07-2011, 11:20 PM
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i tighten mine higher up the cannon... pretty tight. Then i slide them down. That way they are super secure over the fetlock. most boots i've used have a keeper on the back side to keep the excess leather strap. however, if yours don't you can always just snip the leather end with leather cutters. (if you plan to keep them forever!)
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I'm worried that if I cut the leather, it wont look as good

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I would drop them down a fraction ..... as someone above had said... (Both front and back) so they cover the fetlock...

They are on the last hole and I found mine did give so it would be worth trying the next size down.... (Often they have a cob size....) alternatively can you add more holes in the staps later

Lovely boots though :) beautiful colour
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-08-2011, 06:35 PM
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Ah, they looked like the Pessoa's.

You can take them into a leather repair person, and have him professionally cut them for you, if you're worried about it. I'd bet he would do it for around ten bucks or so.
My leather guy, punches the holes in all my tack with nameplates for free, so they seem to work pretty affordably.

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post #10 of 11 Old 08-08-2011, 06:45 PM
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They may be a tad big, but they should work. Once you decide to keep them (as opposed to seeing if you need a smaller size) then feel free to cut off excess straps. Yes, they look a bit high. I slide them down the leg (before tightening) until the fetlock cup feels right.

BTW, are you sure the hind boots should have the straps crossed? I'm not sure they should.
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