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post #1 of 10 Old 07-07-2020, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Boys riding boots

Hi there! I've recently started volunteering at an equestrian rescue in my area and my boys, ages 10 and 12, Have started to show a real interest in the horses. Luckily the lady that runs the rescue also does horsemanship and riding lessons. My question to anyone who will answer us what type of boots/shoes do you use for your BOYs. One of the big problem I'm running into is shoes that would be appropriate and that my boys will wear only seem to run in little kid sizes. I have one that wears a 5.5 in kids and the other wears a 7. The size 7 I could always get men's boots but the price really jumps. What have you guys found that works? Would a hiking boot be an appropriate choice? Open to all suggestions. TIA
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-08-2020, 07:28 AM
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The boot needs a heel and not overly tractioned. Most hiking boots don't have enough heel or the design of the sole is not conducive to being safe in the stirrup. That includes the aggressive tread.

I assume English and not western. Mine wore women's paddock boots. Some were new. Several were bought and resold with little wear through consignment that were up for sale for whatever reason. Stateline and Dover along with many other websites often have decent and on sales for really reasonable prices. At their age they are still growing so buying expensive that they will out grow doesn't make sense except that if the older can hand down to the younger then its great to be able to get that extended use. I bought mine one of his really nice pairs the year he wore my size. 6 months later they were mine. After that he went to Justin lace ups as they were not over the top cost wise and I could always find a sale.

He still wears women's breeches. I can find them on sale or clearance as styles are phased out. He wears basic, fairly thick fabric, higher waisted, knee patches, with no frills or fancy stick tight butts.
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-08-2020, 11:13 AM
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As a man, I have "women's" paddock boots (honestly, they don't look any different than the men's version), because they were cheaper and fit better. I wear a size 8 in men's and it's very difficult to find non-sneaker/sandal men's shoes in that 7/8/9 range.



Like QtrBel says, a sturdy shoe with a relatively smooth sole and a small heel will do. Try zappos.com for men's shoes in smaller sizes - there are some paddock-boot-esque men's dress boots around.
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My original reply was eaten by the computer...

Basically, a shoe/boot with a heeled look to it to protect the rider from a stirrup slip-through should they fall or lose their balance while riding is what you want...
A sole of shoe/boot that has a small bit of grip or roughness to it but not lug sole such as many work or hiking boots.
Slip on or lace-up is a personal choice.

Tractor Supply, Rural King or similar, Target, even Walmart have a selection of child's size boots and low heeled shoe/boots that are not outrageous in price.
Ebay & Amazon along with Boot Barn have clearance sales, but if you are looking for a leather boot/shoe you will pay more money than a man-made product.
Quality costs, no way around it.
Your children are small enough to not want to spend much as they change sizes often is understandable.
Closeouts from riding catalog stores, end of season sales can save you quite a bit.
For your child who wears a size 7, that should cross to about a size 9 in women's and that could save as women's are cheaper with more choices to choose from.
Once any shoe is on, no one can see a sizing so unknown if man, women, or child's shoe is on the foot.
You can also find lots of apparel at horsey yard sales from people in the same situation as you...sadly outgrown.
And your barn may have a borrowing section... bring what is to small and take what now fits...no cost for trade-ins.

The one thing to never, ever take in used quality is a riding helmet.
A dropped or banged helmet often does not show a hairline crack that jeopardizes the integrity and strength to protect your child's skull...for this reason no to used helmets.
You can purchase new helmets starting at $31.99 and to a $1,000 off the shelf, forget custom fit!

So some ideas to search around for.
If you do Tractor Supply, the store near my home has a ton of child selection not seen on the website might make it a worthwhile go look and see in person trip.
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I would not put too much trust into a helmet that costs $31 (like, I've literally never seen that)... but otherwise completely agree.
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Good brands that have been around, data to show they work and are certified. Yep. Found for $29.95.

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Thanks so much for the reply's. You guys have been super helpful. I think we will go with the women's paddock boots for now since it seems to be the most cost effective and go up in quality as they progress and grow with riding lessons. I just can't let them know they are women's because that would be a deal breaker for The 12 year old boy lol
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Thanks so much for the reply's. You guys have been super helpful. I think we will go with the women's paddock boots for now since it seems to be the most cost effective and go up in quality as they progress and grow with riding lessons. I just can't let them know they are women's because that would be a deal breaker for The 12 year old boy lol

I was going to ask - is this an issue of the boots actually being acceptable to the instructor/sport, or because the boys in question saw girls/women's and went "ew"? Because that's just a tough beans, kiddo, they all look exactly alike issue.
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It's both I guess lol. We shopped around for hours the other day trying to find appropriate boots but pickings were slim. Boots that would be safe in a stirrup. I didn't even think to look at women's. But everyone's right, they are exactly the same and almost half the price in some cases. My plan is to just present them with the boots and not say anything women's vs men's. Because while I definitely won't pay extra just because my kid doesn't want to wear “girl” shoes, I'm still going to try and avoid that discussion with my preteen boy lol.
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Hide the box the boots come in as sizing and designation of sex {Men, Women} often shows on the box label.
Once you know they fit, the inside tag sometimes does reference M, W seen.. take a peek so no issue with kiddo.

I referred to never purchasing a used helmet... It truly is not safe.
A certified helmet is a certified helmet, period. All helmets go through the exact same testing precedures for that "certified" stamp given.
Stateline Tack has riding helmets, the Troxel Sport model specifically for $29.74 think it is.
They have about 20 choices for under $75 and many under $50 too...of course there are many that go far above that price too.
A helmet though needs tried on, not just bought from a picture so comfort and good fit is assured.
Most places, today with internet sales and competition for your business as it is...most places will meet or beat the competitors price with proof.
Do your homework, screen shot or take a picture of the catalog blurb and show it to a store salesperson...
Can you match this? Can you beat it?
Sorry, then I have to take my business elsewhere usually gets them motivated to do better price-wise.
Remember some catalog/internet charge shipping but many not charge sales tax so often a wash in cost paid.
If you can wait a week to have said item, order online often can save you a bit of money. Just know exactly what it is you need bought.
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