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Equestrian Riding Boots

Updated on February 7, 2013

Choosing Between The Different Styles Of Horse Riding Boots

When it comes to riding horses, there is a wide assortment of gear that you are going to be required to purchase, in order to maintain your level of safety and riding comfort. Depending on the type of riding you’ll be doing, the type of horse riding boots you’ll need varies. Most horse riding boots are knee-length, while some models are mid-calf, and even as low as sneakers.

If you are planning to ride English style horses, you are going to want to make sure you purchase a boot that goes up to your knee, or knee-high boots as they are called. These boots contain a zippered back to help slide them on and off easily.

The close-fitting style of these boots helps to maintain control over your English horse during shows, and jumping or galloping. When you are riding Western style horses you will need to purchase mid-calf boots. These types of boots are perfect for activities such as barrel racing and herding. They do not fit as snugly as English style boots, but this isn’t necessary when you are riding Western style.

The tasks that you will be performing are not as intense as on an English horse, which requires the boots to fit snugly around your feet, almost becoming an extension of your body.

These aren’t the only style of riding boots available, though. For more rugged use, you will want to find a set of all terrain horse boots that will stand up to the punishment you put them through. Trail riding can be tough on your gear, and unless you are prepared with durable equipment, you could find pieces of your horse tack failing while on the trail.

These types of boots resist water and mud easily, making them perfect for off-trail riding as well. If you are simply going to be riding the horse around the farm every now, and then, you will want to purchase a pair of low cut horse riding boots.

You want to make sure that you choose a pair with a zipper, to ensure that the fit around your fit is snug. When you are riding horses for pleasure, low cut boots are perfect, providing you great stability on the horses back. While it is often sensible to buy used horse tack, it is recommended to buy new boots.

Choosing the right horse riding boots really comes down to the type of riding you’ll be doing. If you are planning to show and jump the horse, you need a pair of knee high riding boots, whereas, for more rugged, off-trail riding, you will want to buy a pair that can stand up to the abuse such as a pair of mountain horse riding boots.

Equestrian riding boots
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