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post #1 of 11 Old 04-17-2019, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Best way to break in tall boots + fit questions

Hello! I am new here and have some questions about my new tall boots.

I got them yesterday from my instructor, as I'm showing this Saturday and she has a shed full of free clothes. "Yay me!" I thought. "What a score!" I thought, thinking of the $200 boots that I got for free.

Then I put them on. Ohhhh, boy. I wore them for maybe 45 minutes, and barely walked in them. (Which was a task in itself - they're so stiff and tight that I couldn't bend my knees more than an inch!) When I got home, I had big red scratches behind my knees, and they had ripped skin off my anklebones and rubbed them raw.

From my research, I believe this is normal. (Whhhyyyy must we suffer? D:) They come up over my knee by about an inch - are they too tall? They reach the backs of my knees, hence the angry red scrapes. Could it be a size problem?

Anyway - My instructor says I can wear my normal boots, so no big worry. But how do I break them in without killing my legs and feet? Should I use the bathtub method? Use heel risers? Any other ideas?

Thanks a bunch!
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It sounds like they don't fit. I've never had issues with tall boots like you describe. Usually I can comfortably wear them around the house a little bit then they get bendy enough to ride in them. I like to ride in them for a month or so before showing in new boots.
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Fill a 5 gallon bucket with the hottest water you can tolerate. Put your boots on and stick your feet in the bucket until the boots are thoroughly soaked & then some. Make sure the water goes over the top of your boots and inside. Wear them all day, ride in them, squat in them, bend them every which way while you are wearing them. At the end of the day, take them off and slather a good leather dressing all over them, inside & out with your hands. Not an oil dressing but the solid kind, the heat from your hands absorbs it into the leather better. If the leather is not that unworkable Asian garbage, your boots should fit like a glove.

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It sounds like they don't fit. I've never had issues with tall boots like you describe. Usually I can comfortably wear them around the house a little bit then they get bendy enough to ride in them. I like to ride in them for a month or so before showing in new boots.
I have show practice later tonight, so I'm going to take them along and see what my instructor says about the fit. Thanks!
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Fill a 5 gallon bucket with the hottest water you can tolerate. Put your boots on and stick your feet in the bucket until the boots are thoroughly soaked & then some. Make sure the water goes over the top of your boots and inside. Wear them all day, ride in them, squat in them, bend them every which way while you are wearing them. At the end of the day, take them off and slather a good leather dressing all over them, inside & out with your hands. Not an oil dressing but the solid kind, the heat from your hands absorbs it into the leather better. If the leather is not that unworkable Asian garbage, your boots should fit like a glove.
Thank you! This is very helpful.
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You can wear heel lift inserts if they are too tall, that might help.
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You can wear heel lift inserts if they are too tall, that might help.
Thanks!
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A very heavy buttering of my new paddock boots with Oakwood conditioner took them from "oh my god OUCH!!!" to perfectly broken in with a single treatment. Your mileage (and leather) may vary!
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Fill a 5 gallon bucket with the hottest water you can tolerate. Put your boots on and stick your feet in the bucket until the boots are thoroughly soaked & then some. Make sure the water goes over the top of your boots and inside. Wear them all day, ride in them, squat in them, bend them every which way while you are wearing them. At the end of the day, take them off and slather a good leather dressing all over them, inside & out with your hands. Not an oil dressing but the solid kind, the heat from your hands absorbs it into the leather better. If the leather is not that unworkable Asian garbage, your boots should fit like a glove.
This is how my grandfather had us break in any all leather riding boot when we were kids. I still do it to this day.
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Bought some Horseman's One Step leather cleaner + conditioner. It's a cream, everything else was a spray or oil. I ride tomorrow, should I do the bathtub + oil method tonight, or wait until I have a full day to walk around in them?
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