All About Equestrian Riding Boots
Riding boots are specifically made to be used for horseback riding. They are important as they allow you to ride more safely and more comfortably. The classic riding boot comes high enough up the leg to prevent the leathers of the saddle from pinching the leg of the rider, has a sturdy toe to protect the rider's foot when on the ground, and has a distinct heel to prevent the foot from sliding through the stirrup. The sole is smooth or lightly textured to avoid being caught on the tread of the stirrup in the event of a fall.
Riding Boots - Which to Choose?
Field boots are a tall riding boots that comes to knee height. Generally available in smooth black leather, they also have laces at the ankle to provide more flexion at the ankle. Most field boots also offer a full length zipper along the back of the boots to make them easier to put on as they should fit closely around the leg. These are typically the boot of choice for hunter/jumpers.
Equestrian Dress boots
are what most people think of when they think of the classic equestrian riding boot. The dress boot is a black leather tall boot, coming to knee height, generally with a Spanish top, which means that the outside of the boot is taller than the back of the boot, giving an illusion of a longer leg in the saddle. This style of boot is popular among dressage riders, and a specialized dressage boot is also available, which is made of a stiffer leather and additional spine at the back of the boot. This allows for the longer stirrup length used in dressage riding and gives a better silhouette in the saddle.
are a shorter, ankle height boot and is generally used for daily equestrian disciplines, although they are also used by children in shows. They are available in brown or black leather and may be offered with front laces, zippered front or some combination of the two. A pull-on style, known as a jodphur boot is also available. Paddock boots are often used in conjunction with half chaps for schooling.
are the classic "cowboy boot"; while they are the boot of choice for Western riders they are also popular fashion boots. The Western boots designed for riding are generally at knee or mid-calf height and offer a small heel. Another style of Western Boot, the roper boot, is more similar to the English paddock boot and is offered with a laced front with more Western styling.
Most of these equestrian riding boots are also offered in an insulated style appropriate for cold weather
use. We also offer a full selection of equestrian style fashion boots, including country boots and rain boots, as well as boots for barn work.
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