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    12-08-2009, 02:05 AM
  #1
Yearling
Open Front Boots in Hunters

So I heard that you can use open front boots in Hunters. I know it isn't really wanted, but you can. One of my friends said that the boots have to be black though. These are the boots I am looking at:

Classic Open Front Leather Boots - Dover Saddlery.

And maybe getting these too:

Classic Open Front Leather Boots - Dover Saddlery.

I would use them for whatever type of jumping we did, though our main focus will be hunters and eq.

So are boots aloud? If so, what color boots?
     
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    12-08-2009, 06:52 AM
  #2
Banned
Back in the day, boots were allowed in eq; but not in the hunters. The logic being that hunters are judged on quality of movement, and a good hunter should not need boots. Since eq is judged on the rider, putting equipment on the horse that advertises they have a movement fault is not a problem. Many different types/colors/styles of boots are permissable in jumpers.

However, you need to check the USEF rule book or someone with knowledge of the circuit you'll be competing in. I'm not sure you're getting good info from your current sources.

The boots you linked to would be suitable. Leather, plain and unobtrusive. Good choice.
     
    12-08-2009, 08:39 AM
  #3
Started
Everything Maura said is correct :)

Just want to add the the boots don't have to be black - they should actually match your tack (if you can find some that do). If you wrap with polos for an eq. Class, THEN you use black.
     
    12-08-2009, 08:43 AM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by eventerwannabe    
So I heard that you can use open front boots in Hunters. I know it isn't really wanted, but you can. One of my friends said that the boots have to be black though. These are the boots I am looking at:

Classic Open Front Leather Boots - Dover Saddlery.

And maybe getting these too:

Classic Open Front Leather Boots - Dover Saddlery.

I would use them for whatever type of jumping we did, though our main focus will be hunters and eq.

So are boots aloud? If so, what color boots?

Boots are not allowed in any hunter show. I've only seen them in the medal classes and jumpers. I compete on the USEF circuit and we never had a rule or any accommodation to show with boots in the hunter arena. ONLY thing is bell boots, depending on the condition on the footing.
     
    12-08-2009, 11:23 AM
  #5
Showing
No bell boots, no boots, no polos. You aren't allowed any leg wear at all regardless of the foodting or ground you are showing on. Once you head into jumper classes, your possibilities are practically unlimited, but as far as legwear in hunters, nope-nothing.

When you think about it, you shouldn't need anything. The space in the arena, the distances and the way the fences are build are all user friendly. They are made to allow you take the safest jumping course you possibly can since it's based on rider and horse movement, control and riding ability.

When in Jumpters, you are expected to change your paces throughout your course. You are expected to be cutting corners, changing your stride in between fences. You are expected to do rollbacks etc etc...

I myself would prefer it, if they allowed protective gear regardless of what you are doing but...it isn't so.
     
    12-08-2009, 11:28 AM
  #6
Trained
It only makes sense to not be allowed any boots in hunters, bc you really don't want to put anything on them when you go hunting.
     
    12-08-2009, 12:14 PM
  #7
Started
Even in the hunter schooling shows I wasnt allowed boots or polos. I was almost disqualified from a local schooling show because I forgot to take the polos off oopse!
     
    12-08-2009, 04:07 PM
  #8
Banned
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Originally Posted by My2Geldings    
No bell boots, no boots, no polos. You aren't allowed any leg wear at all regardless of the foodting or ground you are showing on. Once you head into jumper classes, your possibilities are practically unlimited, but as far as legwear in hunters, nope-nothing.
Yepper.
     
    12-08-2009, 09:04 PM
  #9
Green Broke
I really don't like this rule. I see where they get it from, but why not protect your horse? And Gypsy- I would put boots on my horse if we went hunting, it's basically going XC!
     
    12-08-2009, 09:46 PM
  #10
Banned
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And Gypsy- I would put boots on my horse if we went hunting, it's basically going XC!
Ummmmmm, no, it's not.

Going XC is wonderful, exhilirating and tons of fun, but it's galloping a pre-set course over manicured ground and purposefully designed fences. *NOT* like hunting.
     

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