Cowboy boots for riding
I have a question about boots for riding.
I've had a fair amount of experience taking care of horses since I was in middle school (I volunteered at a riding center), but I didn't really get to ride them much.
Now (I'm 23), I've been riding at a horse barn in my town and I think I need some different boots.
I have several pairs of cowboy boots, but they're not really good for riding, I don't think.
One is my Justin workboots which have a really thick rubbery sole that I think would get stuck in the stirrup, and they're hefty so I can't really "feel" with them either.
My other pairs are more dress/casual cowboy boots, like some ostrich Justin AQHA remudas (which fit really really good, and I've worn them a couple of times riding, but I prefer to keep them in better shape), or an older pair of Tony Lama ropers.
Anyway, I am looking for a boot that would make a good working/riding boot for reining, stock horse competition and working on a ranch.
I was thinking a riding/walking heel might be better than a flat roper, and would give me something different than what I already have.
I hear good things about Twisted X boots, and a lot of my friends that work on ranches wear them, but they're made in China! I guess I'm kind of picky, but I have only ever worn USA-made boots.
If anybody has any suggestions for a good boot for riding/working on horseback, please let me know! I would prefer American-made, but any suggestions are welcome.
I was checking out Double H's buckaroo style. They looked good.
And I'm also having trouble deciding between leather/rubber sole. I don't want a real thick rubber sole that would get caught in a stirrup, but on the other hand some rubber tread is better when mucking around in the mud/manure so it doesn't soak into the sole.
(P.S. I tried doing a search for this question, but only found threads about horse boots. If you know of a similar thread, please direct me ! Thanks.)