When it comes to safety in horse riding, boots come second
in importance only to the helmet. Horse riding boots keep
you comfortable, protect your feet when around the yard and
prevent the foot from slipping from the stirrups. A brief
glimpse into the pages of horse riding history shows that
these boots have always been made with high heels for the
purpose of preventing the foot from slipping. Nowadays, horse
riding boots are made in different styles and patterns for
different purposes. Boots for show and pleasure are not the
same as those for field and hunting.
Types of horse riding boots
There are various kinds of boots. Broadly speaking, horse
riding boots are divided into two: English and Western boots.
English equestrian boots These boots are made with
soft leather that is of high quality. English boots are of
different kinds like tall boots that come up to your knees
and paddock boots that come just above the ankle. The long
ones are preferred in competitions. They come in different
styles and look graceful with their curved top. Long English
boots are more stable and provide protection to the lower
leg when compared to short ones. Hence, they are often used
for dressage, jumping and cross-country riding. The short
ones, meanwhile, provide the lower leg with more flexibility.
The famous jodhpur boots and paddock boots belong in this
category. Jodhpur boots are worn with jodhpur trousers that
come down to the ankles. These boots have a zip and elastic
on the side as well as a heel whereas paddock boots have laces
on the front and a heel. Muck boots are short boots suitable
for general handling and stable duties.
Western riding boots These boots are also available
as long and short types. They are normally made of leather
with a solid heel and sometimes have a decorative pattern
on the calf area. Western boots are the ones that come up
to your calf. These are normally made of cowhide but occasionally
materials like alligator or snakeskin are used.
When you buy horse riding boots
Check online shops first before you actually buy. This helps
you to get familiar with the market and the range and cost
of boots. Have a clear idea in your mind about your favourite
types of riding. There are specific boots for specific purposes.
As with other horse riding equipment, boots should also be
bought that correctly fit the rider. Correctly sized boots
are safer for riding than ones that are too loose or too tight.
Heels and sole tread are important parts in horse riding boots.
Hence, take special notice of both when you buy your boots.
Cleaning the horse riding boots
Cleaning of your boots should be done carefully and frequently
since they are made of fine leather and are therefore expensive.
There are several things to be noted while cleaning. Cleaning
with neatsfoot oil makes the boots clean but not if you need
a good polish on your boots. Once you clean your boots, let
them sit overnight before you polish them. Don't let water
penetrate the leather when you wash it. While cleaning the
sole, do not apply water directly. Instead, wet a rag and
apply it on the sole. Let your perspiration get absorbed by
your socks. Never omit wearing socks while wearing horse
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When it comes to safety in horse riding, boots come second in
importance only to the helmet. Horse riding boots keep you comfortable,
protect your feet when around the yard and prevent the foot
from slipping from the stirrups.