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post #1 of 4 Old 01-03-2019, 06:35 AM Thread Starter
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Hi guys, I have recently looked at a beautiful pair of Thomas Cook x shock boots that I would love to purchase but I only have access to an English saddle at the moment. Would western long boots be suitable to ride in an English saddle? Or would that affect my riding? Thank you!
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-03-2019, 07:06 AM
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Ride in any shoe/boot as long as it has a heel, some bottom support and fits in the stirrup properly so risk of a slip through is reduced.
For pleasure riding, I see so many ride in Fat Baby boots or western boots for comfort level.
Where I live, you could be doing a lot, as in many miles of walking if you and your horse depart from each other for whatever the reason.
Our trails go for 10 - 20 miles many of them through some pretty rough land with snakes and alligator often want some serious protection on those feet for certain encounters and wings on the feet for others...
If you are referring to riding in a horse show and being judged, then no they would not be appropriate footwear.

However....If they're comfortable, have closed toe and a heel...enjoy your ride!!
csimkunas6, bsms and boots like this.

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post #3 of 4 Old 01-03-2019, 07:46 AM
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On the flip side, I primarily ride western, but often in a favorite pair of paddock boots. I doubt my horse notices any difference at all.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-03-2019, 09:40 AM
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When I had an English saddle, I always rode in cowboy boots. No problem. An Australian saddle is essentially English, and I used one for years, using English stirrup straps & cowboy boots. No problem. I use Red Wing boots - smooth sole, good heel. Any brand that has those and is easy to walk in would work.

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