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        04-15-2011, 06:10 PM
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    Hi All,

    I'm new here, and know NOTHING about horses except for how to shovel poop, but hoped I could find some assistance.

    I'm a soldier serving in the middle east, but my girl, whom I love more than life itself, is a horse girl. I got her this awful scarf for Christmas and she hated HATED it. I must make amends!!!!

    Her job this summer is guiding tours, anywhere from 5-25 people, through mountainous terrain. She will also have to do some overnight camping, and some other general horse things. Feeding, cleaning, breaking in green horses, even fixing fences.

    I want to get her the BEST pair of boots available, price is no object. The ones she has arent those real high things, they're kind of just above the ankle-ish, brownish leather, and the tongue sort of folds back and covers the laces. They've had it though.

    Can someone please advise me on which boots I should get, and maybe even an online resource that delivers quickly?

    Oh, and she's got weird feet (shut up because the rest of her is F***ing gorgeous) They're real wide, I think she wears 6 1/2 extra wide.

    Please help!!
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        04-15-2011, 09:01 PM
    I'm not sure about other brands, but I LOVE my Ariats. They're extremely comfortable, durable, and warm (since I bought the winter ones, there's ones for summer too I believe) just a good quality overall. She'd be able to ride in them, but also work in them which is what I do and they're still going. Someone else may have a better idea for work boots but if I had to buy a second pair it would be Ariats! In the horse world, a good rule is to buy quality stuff so that you don't have to replace it as often so I'm glad you're looking for the best! :)
        04-15-2011, 09:35 PM
    Well if your girlfriend prefers boots with laces this is what I wear. They are Double H-Packer 8 Lacer Workboots. They have a high shaft for lacers but they are really comfortable. I love how they have that cowboy boot heel, they look really cute with jeans when I clean them up. My farrier complimented me on them yesterday even though they were filthy, but he thought they were really nice boots. I found mine in a western outlet store in Colorado so I think you can only order them online. You are really sweet for wanting to buy your girlfriend the best.
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        04-15-2011, 09:40 PM
    Well... This is my suggestion from own experience... Don't get boots anonymous, better take her to the store and let her try and decide. Why? Because too often it's hard to get something, which is comfortable. I know people still get boots on-line etc., but I've run many times when you buy them as a present and they are not good fit for the foot. The present which will not fit won't make her happy or grateful.
        04-15-2011, 09:57 PM
    Look at Ariats! Hands down the best..... Good luck
        04-15-2011, 10:34 PM
    Great, the farrier liked them. Do you have ANY idea of how many times I've heard about how farriers have the cutest butt's? Have mercy. I'm 12,000 miles away.

    The prevailing opinion (at least what I find on google) does tend towards the Ariats, but the ones in the pic do look real nice too.

    As for taking her there to pick them herself...I'm under no illusion that she wont have to take them back for a different size (see above weird feet situation), but I'd like to at least put forth the effort of trying to do it myself. Just handing off a few bucks and saying go pick your own boots seems impersonal. We'll have about 4 days together in the states, I'm getting a week off but it takes 30 hours to get back to pittsburgh, so I'm definitely going to try to buy locally since there's a good chance they'll have to go back.

    Thanks for the replys. And on the Ariats, are there any specific models that are the best? Their website has so many I don't know where to start. The Army is much easier. Everybody has the same boots, and they're all size 10.
        04-16-2011, 11:43 AM
    Originally Posted by Airborne101    
    Great, the farrier liked them. Do you have ANY idea of how many times I've heard about how farriers have the cutest butt's? Have mercy. I'm 12,000 miles away.
    That's too funny! My farrier is probably in his 50's if not older, so I can't really say I've checked out his butt. They do tend to point right at you most of the time though LOL.
        04-16-2011, 12:08 PM
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    Ariat does make excellent boots. If she wants a boot that she can walk in and work in, this Terrain boot is very comfortable. Do not get the Nubuck one, though. I will say that they don't last a long time, but they are very light for walking and run WIDE! Super comfortable for riding and NOT hot, like a lot of boots. Get her the matching half chaps, too.

    The Dover company magazing is online and they are super!
        04-16-2011, 12:33 PM
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        04-16-2011, 01:45 PM
    Green Broke
    If you are going to be home for a few days on leave, what about making a surprise trip to the store? That way you are making the effort, and not just handing over the money. Its the best of both worlds. You're giving the gift, but she gets to pick what fits her.

    Thank you Airborne for what you do!
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