Boots

    How to choose your riding boots?

    A rider's footwear not only needs to look good, it should also perform well technically.

    To help you choose, here are our tips on choosing the right boots for you.

    • Why choose knee-length boots?
    • Why choose paddock boots?
    • How to choose half-chaps?

    WHY CHOOSE KNEE-LENGTH BOOTS?

    Features

    To protect you effectively, these boots should cover the whole length of the calf, stopping just short of the knee so the leg can still flex with ease. They should have a heel, allowing the foot to escape the stirrup in the event of a fall. Synthetic boots are easy to care for and completely waterproof. Leather boots are recommended for competition, but require regular maintenance.

    Advantages

    Knee-length boots prevent the stirrup leathers from pinching or rubbing against the inner calf, and fit more sturdily to the leg.

    Disadvantages

    These boots are not necessarily suited for ground training.

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    WHY CHOOSE PADDOCK BOOTS?

    Features

    The rubber sole and robust leather uppers guarantee sturdiness and durability. The heel allows the foot to escape the stirrup in the event of a fall.

    Advantages

    Paddock boots can be used for both ground training and riding. Thanks to their lugged sole, these boots are suited to all kinds of terrain (wet, muddy or uneven ground)

    Disadvantages

    There is no protection for the calf against rubbing or pinching from the stirrup leathers. This protection can be achieved, however, by wearing half-chaps.

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    HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR HALF-CHAPS?

    Half-chaps protect the rider's calves from being pinched by the stirrup leathers, without losing contact with the horse. We recommend using snug-fitting half-chaps to prevent them creasing or sliding downwards, especially in the case of leather half-chaps, which become soft and supple very easily. For the best fit, measure your calf first and foremost, along with the height of half-chap that you'll need.

    Advantages

    Worn with paddock boots, half-chaps give you the advantages of a knee-length boot, and allow the rider's leg to be better positioned.

    Materials

    Half-chaps can be made of various materials. Some advantages and disadvantages of each are listed here:

    Velours
    - Low price
    - Easy wear
    - Velcro-adjust
    - Buckle fasten
    - Stretched to fit (don't choose too large a size)
    - Regular use
    - Care: brush

    Oiled leather
    - Waterproof
    - Durable
    - Velcro fasten
    - Intensive use

    Full-grain leather
    - Aesthetic appearance
    - Features elastic for easier fit