I Ride Better in Shoes Other Than Actual Riding Boots... Any Similar Experiences?
I had a lesson awhile back in which I had a massive brain fart and slipped on my tennis shoes instead of my riding boots, and we just did a low key walk/trot lesson that day. My trainer told me that I needed to work on keeping as solid of a leg in my boots as I do in my tennis shoes. I also remember a time about 13 years ago when I was going through a growth spurt and had to borrow a very old, very worn out pair of cowboy boots to ride in, and my trainer at the time didn't make nearly the amount of comments about my legs and heels (especially with keeping my heels down) as usual, and my mom told me I rode the best I ever had that night in those boots.*
Also, just a disclaimer: I haven't ridden in tennis shoes since that lesson and would never purposefully ride in them or consider riding in them due to the obvious safety issues.
Now, I have a very old, very worn out pair of Ariat paddock boots, and have also ridden in a different pair of cowboy boots when I dabbled in Western for awhile, but for some reason I just do not ride as well in actual riding boots other than that one pair of cowboy boots from years ago. I also walk with a limp and have a harder time walking and limp worse in my boots than in regular shoes. I don't know if it's because they're heavier or what the issue is. At first I thought the boots just needed to be really, really broken in like those old cowboy boots, but my Ariats are and the problem still exists.*
Has anyone else had this issue, and how did you fix it? I should also add that I am hard to fit for shoes and especially boots, so do you think getting custom boots would help with this (I've never had them)?*