- 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)