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post #1 of 21 Old 06-01-2018, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Need help choosing a pair of boots

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I'm new to the forum. I'm actually taking Western riding lessons and my teacher want me to purchase riding boots for the final exam. I need some help choosing a pair of boots, because I have some criteria for that hahaha.

First of all, I live in Canada, so we have a warm summer and a cold winter. I'm looking for boots that can be good in the two conditions.

Secondly, I don't really want to buy Cowboy boots since my goal is just to learn riding horse and doing trails and just having fun with horses. Cowboy boots are good for shows, but I don't want to be stuck with a pair of boots I will never wear. I found this and I actually think it would be nice, but I'm not really sure… I don't like the shape of the boot for some reasons… Personally, I would prefer to get English boot since they look more "normal". Like this one (for some reason only women version exist ).

I actually found some mountain horse boots, but not sure about the shape of the sole and the shape of the heel, but they actually look nice. Maybe good for trail riding, but most people are saying you need flat sole for riding…


Do you think I should go with the ariat laced roper boot? Do you know something less expensive that can do the job?


I actually want something that doesn't look cowboy too much since I would like to learn English riding in the future and I want a multipurpose pair of boots.

I hope you understand my concern and I doesn't look too crazy/stupid hahaha.

Thank you very much for your help.

EDIT: Is it important to get waterproof boots? I also want something easy to clean… Don't know how easy is leather to clean. Most of the time I have to go take my horse I need to walk in mud or s**t... or snow haha.

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Ariats for me are a little too tight on the balls of my feet. Not sure obviously how the mens fit.


I bought these for my son and he says they are very comfortable. They don't look bad either.


https://www.statelinetack.com/item/r...-boot/E005795/


The "fringe" is removable.

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So, if I understand correctly, you are instructed to get western riding boot for the last day you are going to ride there?

Hmm. I think I would pass on that if you are not interested in owning a pair of Western Boots.


My preference is for Ariat brand, they are comfortable but I am female with a narrow foot and high arch. Not sure how the ones for men fit.


The Ariat All Terrain is my favorite riding boot but I wouldn't call it a show boot.
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I love Ariats, and I have wide feet. The All Terrains are great!


But, you will not find any boot that is good for both a Canadian summer and a Canadian winter. Just too much to ask of any one boot, IMO.
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My son wears these...
https://www.doversaddlery.com/ariat-...t/p/X1-380835/
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...s-terrain-boot

Actually he has one pair for work/barn chores...
The other pair he wears with jeans.
Both styles he buys at Tractor Supply stores or from them online...

Mink oil applied and rubbed into the leather carefully gives sustained water protection.
Polish as you would any leather shoe with shoe polish, cleans them up real nice and very presentable when going out.
And you can wear straight leg jeans/pants with the styles above.

Some brands have kilties..that fringy looking thing below the lace area...
I would offer caution as some kilties twist/roll up and look terrible after some wearing of the shoe.

Any of the laced Ariat boots have a sole safe/comfortable for walking in, yet will not hang up in western nor English stirrups I have found.
They have a safe riding heel, no lugs on the sole, offer decent heel counters, arch and padded insole.
Lacing so a adjustable fit, a squarer toe so not cramped and a full fit.
I think they run a little larger in width...at least mine seem to.
Leather, it stretches...

Do not do steel toe boots is my rule to ride in or be around horses with.
They can crush/trap toes if hit just right by a hoof and I find them uncomfortable when your foot is angled in the stirrup that steel cap can dig in.
My experience with them...not good.

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But, you will not find any boot that is good for both a Canadian summer and a Canadian winter. Just too much to ask of any one boot, IMO.

Well...


I love these https://www.horze.com/jodhpurs/horze....html?color=BR and I wear them summer and winter, obviously different socks! I wear them with half chaps and breeches during the winter, my lovely fluffy winter weight Buckwild Breeches.....and under my jeans in the summer.






They give my the best of both worlds, and are fairly waterproof...I like them so much I actually have two pairs, and I use one pair for going to town..




.ETA...forgot to ask what part of Canada?
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I assumed that the summers were hot and winters cold. Guess I assumed wrong.
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So, if I understand correctly, you are instructed to get western riding boot for the last day you are going to ride there?

Hmm. I think I would pass on that if you are not interested in owning a pair of Western Boots.


My preference is for Ariat brand, they are comfortable but I am female with a narrow foot and high arch. Not sure how the ones for men fit.


The Ariat All Terrain is my favorite riding boot but I wouldn't call it a show boot.
These are what I wear too. You can get them in wide sizes (which very few boots do; a reason I stick with Ariats). They come in a waterproof version. Lots of people use them for both english and western trail riding and training.

I wear muck boots until I am ready to get into the saddle. Put my riding boots on when I'm ready to ride, saves cleaning them all the time.

I also have a pair of real western boots but I only wear those to town ....
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Thank you for you answers. Other than that, is it better to have boots above ankle, mid/wide calf or knee height for riding/barn job?
I'm not sure, but I think that for more stability/protection it's better mid calf… Am I ok to assume that or it's completely wrong?


Also reading a lot about that it should be smooth sole, but is it mandatory? I know about it's easier to go out the stirrup, but should it be better to have just a little bit of thread when walking or working outdoor?

Finally, last question… I'm thinking about going lace up boot, but is it better slip on, side zipper, back zipper or laced up boots?

Still not sure what to buy as a multipurpose riding boots that can be used in western/English riding lol. Also, looking on some website and not a lot of choice for men… Only cowboy boots and some generic ropper/packer boots. I will look around and post some images of what I found and I will wait your suggestions.

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IMO boots need to go above the ankle for good support, but anything taller than that is just for show or going through heavy brush on trail rides. I prefer to wear half chaps over the boots.

Many med seem to prefer the pull on style of jodhpur boots in most English riding and western riding seem to prefer the short fat baby style boots.


Also depends on if you have a high arch or not, pull on boots can be difficult at first but the leather will shape to fit your foot after wearing them 10-20 times.

Highly advise you to try on some pairs first, there is nothing worse than spending $100 + on a nice pair of boots them hating them. I have a pair in my closet like that...
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