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post #1 of 9 Old 07-05-2013, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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riding shoe conundrum...

Hi everyone!
I need a little advice, I started riding when i was 12 and have been riding on and off ever since. I am now 22 and haven't had a lesson or been on a trail in about two years, ever since I moved to NYC..
Now I live on Long Island and there is an equestrian center nearby. I finally am in a good place financially to be able to pay for lessons again. Here's my problem: I got rid of all my riding stuff. I am required by the facility to have my own helmet so I've taken care of that, but I don't know what to do about shoes. I have an old pair with a slight heel, maybe a half inch at best. nothing else comes close. The lady on the phone didnt say anything about shoes, just the helmet, but I dont want to embarrass myself. I am very passionate and have been told I have talent, I just don't want my footwear to be what I am judged on...
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-05-2013, 05:00 PM
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If you're going to be doing lessons long term just buy a pair. You should be able to pick them up new and cheap for about $60 or maybe less in your country. You could even get used off ebay for less.
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-05-2013, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Well yes, I plan to buy a new pair but I'd like to shop around first.. there arent exactly a ton of stores that sell riding-specific shoes around here. i'm just looking for a temporary solution to my problem for the first lesson or two while i shop/order/wait for my shoes to ship..
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If I remember correctly a half inch is the minimum requirement for a 'safe' heel. You should be fine, as long as you know that the shoe/boot is going to fit in the stirrup width wise. Don't be afraid to talk to them, you're going to be taking lessons from them so they probably don't expect you to be perfectly turned out. If you really feel like you need to excuse yourself for your non riding shoes then just explain that you used to have the proper equipment but sold it and now want to make sure you find a pair of riding boots you like. I wouldn't think it would be a big deal for them.

Although, I now how you feel...I always want to look my best for lessons, I find it to be respectful to my trainer, so I do everything short of braiding my horse's mane for lessons I even get embarrassed with myself if I don't get a chance to polish my boots before hand.
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-05-2013, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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thanks! i just hope they ARE actually 1/2 inch and I wasn't over guesstimating!
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-05-2013, 08:37 PM
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i dont get it, you claim to have been riding for 10 years, Id think you would have figured out what is suitable foot wear by now.
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-05-2013, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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wow. you're negative.

i've ridden in sneakers and rain boots before on horses i knew and had experience with for lessons and trail rides with people i'd known for years. i know these shoes are inappropriate but i did it anyway and nobody judged me because as far as i know, everyone's done it once or twice. i don't want to go into an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people and horses wearing inappropriate shoes out of concern for my own safety after not being in the saddle for more than two years. and all i wanted to know was if the shoes i have would be good enough for short term use until i get the ones i want.

i was looking for suggestions and advice not criticism and "well you should know this by now". horse people are either really helpful or really not and if my new instructor has an attitude anything like yours you can bet i'm retiring from the game forever.
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post #8 of 9 Old 07-05-2013, 09:27 PM
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Joe, there's no reason to be so nasty about it.

OP, to start off, I'd probably just wear what you've got and ask them what would work best when you get to the lesson (they might say that your current shoes are fine). Also, I might have missed it, but are you riding western or english? I don't know about english, but you can get a pair of functional but cheap western boots new for $50-$60. Personally, I prefer to go a bit more expensive for the comfort of my feet, but not everyone does (or is able to).
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-07-2013, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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thanks smrobs and raven13!
I'm an english rider, so turns out the boots i have now will be adequate for the time being. I am one of those people you mentioned who can't really swing an expensive pair but I found some online i liked and the price was right so now I wait for them to arrive and hopefully not ruin my favorite pair of boots in the meantime!
thanks for your help!
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