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post #1 of 11 Old 08-20-2012, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Side-Walking/Horse Leading Boots/Shoes for Therapeutic Riding Center

Hello all, I'm new and I LOVE horses. I found this website while attempting to Google footwear appropriate to my situation. I'm going to post this here, and I may cross-post it to a different forum section because I'm not quite sure where it belongs.


I'm a volunteer at a therapeutic horseback riding organization and I have to walk (mostly, some occasionally running/"trotting") in several inches of sand for periods of about 45 minutes at a time. I'm currently using some North Face hiking boots that I picked up on sale several years back, but am looking for an upgrade because my feet are KILLING me. I only do this a few times a week right now but I'd like to go more often and for longer periods of time.

I may have plantar fasciitis, as my feet cramp often and for several days after volunteering they hurt - mostly in the morning but the stretched muscle feeling does continue for several hours if not longer. I'm also quite a bit overweight , but it's difficult to exercise a lot with this kind of pain.

If anyone knows of any shoes that are themselves somewhat therapeutic and also can hold up to this kind of activity I would be overjoyed if you could help me out. The sand is somewhat deep so I think it would be best if the shoe were a boot, it's very hot most of the time here in Oklahoma and my feet usually feel hot even if it isn't, and I think that too much tread, like on my North Face, actually makes it more difficult because the sand clumps up in the treads and bogs me down even further.

Thanks again. I know this isn't the perfect forum for this conversation, but I can't find too much specific help for this and it sounds like you guys know shoes. Oh, I don't know how much it matters, but I'm female.
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-20-2012, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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self-bump?

/bump ? Cowboy boots, hiking boots, anything at all that's good for plantar fasciitis and walking in sand?
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-21-2012, 04:10 AM
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I would try inserts. Working in sand is a huge workout so pace yourself.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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I would try inserts. Working in sand is a huge workout so pace yourself.
Thank you. I haven't had too much luck with inserts yet, but I think the North Face boots I'm wearing are so bad that nothing will help in them.

I was thinking about investing in some MUCK Brand Classic Tack boots for all my horsey purposes as I want to purchase a horse someday within the next five years, but am not sure if they would be any good at all for this purpose [with or without an insert.]
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I'd be very careful in sand with them since as far as I know, they don't have a solid ankle support system like boots typically do. But for mucking around (pardon the pun :P) they're great!

I found my regular paddock boots worked well for general volunteering just don't lace them up too tight.

Sometimes there's a thing as too much boot. As in the boot has too much going on that it isn't nearly as helpful as a simple boot with an insert.

I'd suggest reviewing which boots provide most support online and going from there. Used is just as good as new, if it's a quality company.

Good luck!
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If your current shoes are a couple years old, you may simply need to replace them. Many shoes tend to lose their form after even six months, depending on what surface you spend the most time on.

And it's so personal. I used to select for more support. That was wrong for me. I now go for pretty simple shoes that are little more that coverings and that works well.
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I can't say enough good things about my Blundstones. You can buy inserts for them too. I use them for riding, but also for my dog walking business. I can walk in them all day long on all types of terrain and they haven't let me down.
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I can't say enough good things about my Blundstones. You can buy inserts for them too. I use them for riding, but also for my dog walking business. I can walk in them all day long on all types of terrain and they haven't let me down.
Thanks for the suggestion! I'm going to look into them. I found these: Blundstone BL490 Brown - Zappos.com Free Shipping BOTH Ways and think that kind of tread might be good plus they say they are lightweight. Lots of great reviews on those sites, and I'd never even heard of that brand! Hopefully these will help me, now to save up money!
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Perhaps look into boot cut running shoe style boots with or without a steel toe. Your ankle is more at risk than getting stepped on. Deep sand is a killer for running, even walking.
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Perhaps look into boot cut running shoe style boots with or without a steel toe. Your ankle is more at risk than getting stepped on. Deep sand is a killer for running, even walking.
Slipping and twisting an ankle and falling are my biggest fears here. I wouldn't change a minute of doing what I do but I am terrified of any falls, because the repercussions of a fall wouldn't just be on me, but also potentially on the children I work with and the horse who would have to be retired if a rider fell.
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