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Horse Riding Boots For Everyday And Show

horse riding boots

Wearing well fitting, comfortable boots will help improve your riding

Horse riding boots, riding boots, tall boots, dress boots, field boots, leather boots, rubber boots,paddock boots. Stop the merry go round I need to get off!

There are so many choices and styles. Some with different purposes.

I hope this reference guide can help you decide what choices you should make.

Tall horse riding boots made with leather are available in many different styles.

Quality tall leather riding boots are considered the most prestigious type of boot because of their classic look and hefty price tag.

There are many advantages to leather boots beyond the appearance and you can get a good quality tall boot at a reasonable price.

My recommendation for an excellent quality, every  day tall riding boot is the Ariat Womens V Sport Tall Zip Tall Riding Boot.

Ariat boots are well made. comfortable, easy care and last a LONG time. What’s not to like?

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Ariat everyday tall boots

When you first try on horse riding boots they can seem hard, stiff and uncomfortable. There is usually a “break in” period.

Quality leather riding boots are naturally soft and in time, with extended use, will develop and mold into the shape of your foot and leg by softening behind the knee and in the ankle area.

These aren’t boots that you can just throw into a corner when finished riding. You need to maintain them properly or they will soon degenerate and look dirty, scuffed and start to fall apart.

Tall horse riding boots are preferred in horse shows, clinics and other competition.

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These Ariat Heritage Field Boots are both affordable and good looking!

Field boots are tall leather riding boots that have lacing at the ankle. I have a big wide foot that makes me a good swimmer, but makes it hard for me to get riding boots on.

I chose field boots because the lacing allowed me a little more room to get them on. People that compete in hunt seat, jumpers and cross country will wear these riding boots.  They have more flex in their ankle when they shorten their stirrups.

Ariat Womens Heritage Field Boots are reasonably priced and have the classic good looks of a much pricier boot.

Dress boots are similar to field boots except that the doesn’t have laces and tend to have a more elongated, sleeker look.  (I could never get my foot in them and I was afraid that once I did I could only get them off with scissors!)

Around my barn many of the riders have leather dress boots. They like this style especially for horse shows. Most dress boots, and even some field boots, now come with zippers for an “easy on – easy off” experience.

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Lovely zipper dress boots

The Heritage Womens Tall Zip Dress Boot is another well made, reasonably priced boot from the Ariat line of footwear.

If dressage is your discipline then dress boots are a must for showing!

You can buy inserts or rollup newspapers Inside them to help them maintain their shape.

If you oil and wax them with quality products such as Hestra Leather Balm you will get many years out of your horse riding boots!


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Ariat Paddock Boots For Riding

Ariat paddock boots

This ladies Ariat Extreme paddock boot is the zippered version

Ariat paddock boots for riding are THE favorite of many riders at my farm.

Now, I know every barn has different ways of doing things. The first thing that I tell our new riders at Spruce Meadow Farm is to wear a smile.

Once their smile is firmly in place I tell them they will need a shoe or a boot with a small heel. This is a safety measure to help to keep their foot from sliding through the stirrup.

If your foot were to slip all the way through your stirrup, and you happened to fall, you would probably break your ankle. You could also possibly be dragged.

Fortunately, I have never personally seen this happen but I would think that, in this instance, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!” Ariat paddock boots are beautifully formed for fit in the stirrup and rugged for wear around the barn.

I can guarantee you that once you get on a horse you are going to come off, one way or another. My wish for you is that getting off your horse is always a planned event!

Horseback riding is a lifelong activity that is extremely rewarding and has numerous benefits; physical, mental and emotional.

As with any sport you want to have the right tools for the job. In baseball you want a glove, hockey requires ice skates, and when you mount a horse you want to have the safest equipment available.

There are many different types and brands of horse riding boots to choose from.

Ariat Paddock Boots for riding

The Ariat Extreme comes as a lace up or zippered paddock boot

In this post I am going to discuss paddock boots. My wife’s favorite is the Ariat Extreme paddock boot.

Ariat boots are extremely comfortable and durable. Karla says that not only are they very comfortable to ride in, but she likes to wear them around the barn for all of her chores and activities.

In fact, she sometimes even wears them out to the store and while running  errands!

Ariats are a bit pricier than some other brands of boots, but their comfort, durability and quality make them an excellent choice. Even with wearing them daily, in rain, snow, mud and manure my wife’s Ariat paddock boots last her three to four years.

After that they get “retired” to her tack trunk to fill the role of “spare boots” should she be in the barn in her sneakers and suddenly want to ride!

We live in Buffalo, New York so she always buys the winter paddock boots. She wear them year round, both winter and summer. Her feet don’t feel overly warm with them in the summer so she wears them year-round.

They come in zipper or lace boots. Karla prefers the zippers. She says it’s because she’s lazy and  lacing takes too long! She prefers to step in, zip up and go!

Click here to see the Ariat paddock boot on Amazon!


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