Riding boots for girl? I have no clue how to choose!
My daughter switched from English lessons to Western. I know that she's perfectly fine in her current boots (http://greenhawk.com/wdItemDesc.asp?strilhID=Web&strmdNumber=DRB0774&st ricSKU=DRB0774)
She'll need a new pair for the summer, as she outgrew her last year's boots.
Her last non-winter boots were those: Ariat Heritage Zip III | DRB0064 | Greenhawk
I figured she could continue riding in the same style (am I correct?) but I decided to look up what's available in the Western Boots in Ariat. And Wow! So many different names and types! Besides, I don't want to spend more than I was spending on a comparable English boot, which was $150 tops.
I have never seen any of the Western boots in an actual store, only on-line or at fairs (and they didn't seem to be good quality).
1. Can she / should she keep on riding in her English paddock boots because she's used to them? There will be some local training shows in the summer. Is the type of the boot important?
2. How do Western Boots fit and feel differently compared to English paddock boots? She has wide feet, and is very picky about what is comfortable. She's also size adult 7.
3. I read here that the Fatbaby boots aren't a good choice, but they seem the ones that are wider? Are they wider? Why aren't they a good choice?
4. How do you buy boots if you can't try them on???
5. Is Ariat the best brand? What else is decent quality for a child taking lessons / doing small shows and not too expensive?
5. Also, if she does a training show, can she wear just a regular button down shirt? And how a "western shirt" from an equestrian store might be different?
Thank you in advance.
I used to find plenty of English stuff second hand, but haven't seen anything Western. Maybe I need to dig deeper. :D
Oh, that's so good to know that the Fatbaby can be illegal. I really liked how they looked. I'm glad I asked first.
I would keep wearing the paddock boots :) I have owned the same pair of Ariat paddock boots that I show in for 12 years, and a few pairs of Terrains that I school in/ride in/clean barn in. Both for English and western riding and showing. I did get a whistle blown on me at a WSCA show (MN) for my Terrains, although when I showed the judge he agreed they were, in fact, legal but "looked like runners from far away". Not sure why my walk/trot pole run really mattered since I was at almost a minute and winning runs were around 10 seconds... but legal is legal (and yes, they are legal!).
Hopefully he'll bring his guide dog and cane to shows in the future :) Or maybe just come sober.
I wish I could keep the old pair from the last summer, but she's outgrown them, and they don't even look like resell material. Her winter pair, on the other hand, should sell in the fall.
I work at a western store and Ariat Boots are the most commonly returned. They just are a poor made boot.
Tony Lama (I own 4 pair)
Old West is a good choice if you are looking for a more budget friendly boot in case she out grows them. Lots of kids come in and have abused the daylights of them and they hold up good.
I got a pair of Justin's for xmas and i adore them! They are soooo comfortable. I also have wider & flatter feet and they are perfect for me!
ETA: my mom and i have both had ariats and there is NO comparison to the Justin brand. Better made, more comfortable and CUTE!
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My older kiddo and I both have Justin Gypsy's. They have a round wide toe, so very comfy but not so wide that you run the risk of getting stuck in a stirrup.
I love mine so much that if nobody is around I'll hop on my horse in them + full chaps which looks so well um.... interesting on my very English horse in a dressage saddle!
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