She does have boots, she was wearing her water shoes because she just got out of the lake and hopped on for a quick ride. Her feet are actually just an inch shy of even reaching the stirrups. They help if she starts to slip to one side or the other. She usually prefers to ride bareback with a pad. I was thinking of strapping a thin block to the bottom of her boots to give her a boost. Im sure by Christmas she will have grown enough. The helmet was a great find at a yardsale for $5 and may have saved her life when the pony slammed her into the tree last week. I'm a little nervous about letting her ride again.