Since I started working out, my calves have become too big for my current pull-on tall boots. I have a HT on the 16th so I need to get a new pair, FAST...and I have to order online b/c the only tack shop within 2.5 hrs only carries Ariat boots, which do not fit me (they are too tall and skinny). I am mostly just trying to decide between these two Mountain Horse pairs, both of which fall in my budget range: http://www.mountainhorseusa.net/spri...igh_rider.html
I am bad at comparing things like this. The main difference I see is that the Sportive LOOKS fancier (shinier and a more elegant appearance), but no real improvement in quality, construction, or technology from the cheaper pair. The use will be for some recognized HT's at the BN and N levels, as well as schooling shows, so obviously nothing prestigious lol. My main concern is a fast break-in period, comfort, durability, and that they be acceptable for shows. Honestly, I'm leaning towards the cheaper pair b/c of the "supple, oiled full grain leather" bit in the description which the Sportive doesn't have. Feel free to suggest boots other than the ones I have linked. My calf is 14" around with breeches and socks, and 17.5" tall, and my budget is <$250. Thanks in advance!
I have a pair of MH tall field boots and I really like them but they do have a break in period. You will likely suffer at you HT on the 16th...
I have larger calves and the Ariats don't fit me right, either. The field boots fit me well and are flattering. I also think that the footbeds are really comfortable and that the boots are great (well-made) for the price.
I personally like the look of the boot in the bottom link, mostly because the sole on the other one is really clunky looking. I also don't like the metal logo on the side of that boot.
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Why not paddock boots and half chaps?
I just sold my Ariats. as all the poo shovelling has made my calves grow too. I scurried over to a local tack shop that had used boots and found a pair of cheapies for $90. But I think I'll go the half chap route.