Choosing riding boots

By retailer Lucy Nicholas

Are you looking for a pair of lovely new riding boots? Then read on! Your riding boots can make or break your riding position, and can mean the difference between a secure experience and a training session whereby your lower leg is nicely still on the horse or pony, or one whereby your legs too mobile or even become are rubbed.

Country boots are a great investment for Autumn.Country boots like these from Saxon pictured left are fine for yard work, but your riding boots should be a snug fit around your calf for comfort, and to prevent them from catching on the saddle or the stirrup leathers.

Choose a country boot made for horse riding if you’d like it to be dual purpose!

It is ideal to have closely-fitting boots that enhance your leg aids and ‘feel’ with the horse, and of course feel comfortable for the rider and look good as well.

Laced field boots like Mark Todd’s Leather Field Competition Boot, below left, have a snug fit at the ankle allowing for maximum support. This ankle flexibility allows for the shorter stirrup length seen in jumping, but offers protection in terms of ankle support – riders jumping higher fences may take risks with their lines to fences when riding against mark-todd-leather-field-competition-bootsthe clock. This means they need to have optimum foot stability, as the ankle acts like a spring for the rider’s limb, and must not collapse.

Plain tall boots are favoured by dressage enthusiasts and have plain panels to aid a still leg position, and accommodate a longer stirrup length. Traditionally these boots have been stiff, however modern versions, usually with synthetic ‘leather look’ material, feature stretch panels on the back of calf that ensure the riding boots fit perfectly to the contours of your leg.

Riding boots with elastic inserts or stretch panels are very popular for all kinds of schooling and also cross country riding. They are one of the most popular types of riding boot available currently at The Saddlery Shop, as they are usually very comfortable and suited to all types of horse riding. The elastic inserts or stretch panels help the boot stretch at the calf; ideal for riders that are out of the saddle in an XC position with the heels down as an ‘anchor’. Because these aren’t such a close ankle fit as a laced boot, they are usually very comfortable for yard work and walking as well.

We hope this quick guide has given you some inspiration!


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