To any gypsy/fatbaby owners- what do you think about the short shaft? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 21 Old 06-13-2010, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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To any gypsy/fatbaby owners- what do you think about the short shaft?

I am boot shopping and I need some opinions. I'm 16 with only enough money to make one purchase, so I need to make sure its a good one. Anyhoodle, if you have ever ridden in a shorter shaft boot, what did you think of it? I want to try them because they look cool, but I am worried that they may be annoying and not supportive enough for riding. I would just like some opinions please. Thanks!
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post #2 of 21 Old 06-13-2010, 01:50 PM
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I have the Justin Gypsy boots (In pink camo, might I add (: ) and they are, honestly the best boots I've ever had. They are SO comfy and hardy. I've had and worn mine almost everyday for a year and a half now and they are still awesome. They feel great in the sturrips and feel really secure to me. I even like to ride and jump English with them. I love these boots with a passion (Can you tell lol?) and I really recommend them. :)

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I like the rubber soles of my Justins, they don't slip in the stirrup when mounting (or trying to). Unfortunately, that also makes it difficult for me to dismount, as I am very short and fat and I can't slip my foot out of the stirrup easily. I got the short shafted boots in desparation, because my legs are too fat for the regular shafts. I'm working on that, because although I like the rubber sole, I prefer a little more heel than what is on my Justins.

I was a little afraid that the short shafts wouldn't keep the stirrups from chafing, but haven't found that to be a problem, not that I've ridden very long at a time yet.

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post #4 of 21 Old 07-04-2010, 12:34 AM
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I just bought my Gypsy's last night and I LOVE them! I tried both Fat Baby's and Gypsy's on and the Gypsy's felt better. My mistake was wearing ankle socks LOL... The side of my calf got rubbed a bit raw but that was just because of my stupidity. I would search around for prices. Surprisingly, TSC had them the cheapest I could find and they have a $5 off coupon if you buy them in store or 10% off if you buy online. BE FOREWARNED.... Both boots run on the small side!

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post #5 of 21 Old 07-04-2010, 12:48 AM
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I have Gypsy's and found them to be slightly annoying for riding as they were short enough the hem of my jeans leg would rise up enough to get caught on the top of them.

They are extremely comfortable for walking around in. Since I switched to English, I now wear them for general barn chores and tromping around after my horse who will run to stand in the biggest mud puddle possible when she sees you coming with her halter. So they've pretty much been through heck and back, still look really good and I've not ever had wet feet, even after wading through some really deep puddles.
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post #6 of 21 Old 07-04-2010, 12:58 AM
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I had no idea that Fat Babies were riding boots... I have a pair I just bought at the Tracter Supply to wear. Does that mean I can saftly ride in them? If it does, that's made my day. I was shopping for a new pair of riding boots anyway, so now I may not have to buy new boots!
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post #7 of 21 Old 07-04-2010, 12:58 AM
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I have the Justin Gypsy's and I LOVE them!
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post #8 of 21 Old 07-04-2010, 01:07 AM
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Just because they are girly colored doesn't mean they're not for riding brighteyes! LOL! I messed around with mine and found that they settled in my stirrup pretty well!

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post #9 of 21 Old 07-04-2010, 02:07 AM
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My daughter has fatbaby's and she seems to really like them , she hasnt ever said anything about the leathers/fenders rubbing her ankles at all or lack of support when riding , She is almost 11. I have Ariat starbabys they are taller than fatbabys. I love the way they fit and seem to support my leg well while riding. The star babys were made for the barrel girls who wanted to wear fatbabys but fatbabys were too low for rodeos ( there is a rule about how low the boots are) I read that online somewhere.
Never tried Justine Gypsys, guess I am an Arait fan. I have had my ariats for several years and they are so comfortable and hold up well , in my experience.

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post #10 of 21 Old 07-04-2010, 02:40 AM
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Hate them, hate them, hate them! Can't you tell I hate them? Not only do I hate the style, I find they don't support your ankle and back of your foot. What are you buying boots for? Riding or just a bit of barn chores etc?
I guess, if they're just for mucking around in, go for it, its your choice.

But for riding, I really recommend Tony Lamas. Any that you can afford, I have 4 pairs of Tony Lama's, all different styles and I swear you will never find a better boot company.
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