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post #11 of 23 Old 03-27-2012, 02:21 AM
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I have given up trying to find boots off the shelf now, and just get them custom made. It's not too expensive and if you look after them a good pair will last you forever!

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post #12 of 23 Old 03-27-2012, 02:33 AM
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I just ordered the first pair of stock boots in over 20 years. I ordered regular calves so that I could get winter layers in the boots. When they came they were huge calves! I sent them back and ordered semi custom boots.

The black were my old custom boots, the brown the new ones.

BIG calves

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post #13 of 23 Old 03-27-2012, 04:55 AM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
I thought you meant that calves, (baby bovines) were made small. Yeah, well, I guess they're small compared to their mothers.

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post #14 of 23 Old 03-27-2012, 11:08 AM
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Haven't you seen the models in the Dover Saddlery catalog? If they made the calves any wider they wouldn't fit any of those models!
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and here i thought i was the only one. makes you feel like there's something wrong with you if you ALWAYS need a wide calf. um hello... we're RIDERS. aren't we supposed to have calf muscle? :/
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post #16 of 23 Old 03-27-2012, 04:41 PM
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I could never find them skinny enough!! I have twig legs, LOL
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post #17 of 23 Old 03-27-2012, 09:18 PM
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After being a working student for a year and now being a full-time groom my old tall boots were too wide (regulars) and I had to start buying slims. Haven't ever had the problem with them being too small, just too big!

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post #18 of 23 Old 03-28-2012, 12:42 PM
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You want to know what's worse?!?!? Skinny calves, BIG skinny feet (size 11), and long legs. Now that SUCKS!!! :)

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Every time I see this thread pop up .. I'm looking for baby cows .... lol.
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post #20 of 23 Old 03-28-2012, 05:19 PM
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Riding boots come in various heights and widths - and vary greatly by manufacturer. I personally have almost 17 inch calves - so custom is required. Ariat boots tend to be skinny calves, Mountain Horse riding boots tend to have larger calves but you still need to look at which "model" is the correct one for DD's calf size.

It also helps to purchase zippers in the boots and/or the elastic gusset to handle slightsizing differences (between the calves, time of day can cause more water weight in the calves more than other times of the day, etc.)

Just really take a look and find a website that tells you how to properly measure her calves, making certain she wears her thickest breeches when you do the measuring.

Alcohlol INside the boot when she gets it on also helps stretch the boot a bit.

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