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Is it time for new boots?

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  • cece_g Original Poster cece_g
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    I have a pair of ariat paddock boots that I got last year around December. Over the summer I pretty much lived in them since I worked at an overnight horse camp/trail farm. In August I started leasing a new horse, so I go to the barn 3-4 times a week, and to a different farm 2 times a month to take lessons. Since I cant drive yet, my only option on weekdays is to walk to the barn because both my parents work. I usually walk 4 miles, twice a week, in my riding boots after school to ride my horse. In January my sister will get her license and she will be able to drive me, but until then Im stuck walking.
    I really dont mind this because I’ll pretty much do anything to see my horse, but it is really wearing down my paddock boots. They squeak loudly when I walk even though I take good care of them and clean them with saddle soap once or twice a week, and polish them with boot cream around once a month. The leather is worn on the sides and right between the toe cap and zipper, and when I dismount my horse they dig into my feet and hurt pretty badly.
    I’ve been saving up to buy field boots so I can keep a pair of tall boots at the barn and use them only for riding. But if I buy tall boots with the $80 I saved, I wont be able to afford to replace my paddock boots.
    Shouldnt paddock boots last longer than a year?
    Is there a way to fix the leather to make them last longer and stop squeaking?
    Any recommendations for paddock boots that are relatively indestructible, but still affordable?

    gina_pasquini
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    I would check with State Line or Horse.com and check out what they have in the way of paddock boots. Maybe just get a cheaper spare to carry around with you, and save your older better one’s for when you compete, etc; Another suggestion for you. Is there a way you can just wear sneakers, and carry your paddock boots in a sack? That would save your legs and feet, and save your boots as well. I hope this helps.

    IrishMelody IrishMelody
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    I only wear Ariat Heritage lace up paddock boots and they last me for years. Always buy lace up. Laces are easier to replace when they go bad than a busted zipper. As children my sisters and I went through zip up boots so fast by busting the zippers, and they would be less than a year old. I will admit, I am not trekking 4 miles a day in them, but I wear them to ride, muck, wash, tromp around the yard. And I sometimes don’t clean them until they are caked in muck/mud and I can’t get it off by brushing. I like the Heritage sport, they are waterproof and run about $90. I bought mine new in May to replace my old ones. They break in fast, are extremely comfortable and really are waterproof (unless you go in deeper than the boot is tall). They are only just now starting to show some scuffs, and they clean and oil up well. Much nicer than buying a synthetic boot as well. I don’t buy new ones until the leather has ripped open and there are holes right where the ball of my foot is. I vote for wearing sneakers to walk to the barn, and throw your boots in your backpack or just keep them at the barn. Then you wear out sneakers instead of your nice riding boots. Keep saving for those tall boots! They sure are nice. I just saved up enough to buy my first pair so I am in the same boat as you, I want to keep them nice.

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