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How to Buy Horse Riding Boots

The type of boots you wear for horse riding depends on your riding style and the type of saddle you use. Follow these guidelines and choose the right pair for you.


  • Step 1: Select tall boots Select tall horse riding boots that come up to just below the knee for field, dress, and hunting styles of riding. The boot should hug your leg.
  • Step 2: Select cowboy boots Select cowboy boots if you plan to ride in traditional western events. These boots reach mid-calf and do not fit as snugly as English riding boots.
  • TIP: Most western apparel stores can fit you for cowboy boots.
  • Step 3: Opt for ankle lacing Select boots with ankle lacing for use with shorter stirrups. Called field boots, these boots are used for jumping and fox hunting.
  • Step 4: Choose a dress boot without lacing Choose a dress boot without lacing if you want a boot that is stiffer than a regular riding boot. They are higher on the outside of the knee to protect it from injury.
  • Step 5: Select paddock boots Select high-ankle paddock boots for pleasure riding and everyday use. They are usually available with zippers and rounded toes.
  • FACT: Wellington boots became fashionable after the Duke of Wellington defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

You Will Need

  • Tall boots
  • Cowboy boots
  • Field boots
  • Dress boots
  • Paddock boots
  • Western apparel store (optional)

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