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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar. 27, 2007

    Smile What dress boot should I buy for FEI Show?

    I am a paraequestrian, I have actually not been doing much the last couple years because I have been fighting a serious illness, but I am coming back to showing and finally with my trainer's help, I am training at 4th level and working on PSG. I am planning on showing in the spring in a couple USDF and then going for my qualifications at Del-Mar at the FEI CPEDI**** show.

    My old boots were Mountain Rider, but they are slowly falling apart. I cannot afford a lot, so I need recommendations of a good boot that will also look good in the show ring. I am going to have a new zipper put in my old boots so that I can use them for practice, but I really need a pair of show boots, either a really nice pair of used or new. I wear a size 10.5 to 11 W to XW depending on the boot. This is my largest factor is that I don't use my legs much, but ever since dealing with the blood clot a couple years ago, my calves have never gone back down and do swell on a regular basis.

    Can anyone give me any ideas?

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    By the way, I am hoping to get involved in the board on here since there seems to be so many knowledgeable people and there is much for me to learn. Let me know also of any clinics that would work on position because I am riding a leased Friesian stallion and a PRE stallion at this time to try to qualify on. So hoping that I can get all the instruction I can to help me achieve this.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep. 9, 2010


    For cheap (relatively speaking) boots that aren't customs I personally ride in the Ariat Maestro boots. Love them - but they are SUPER stiff.

    Good luck showing!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec. 20, 2009


    I ride in Ariat Hunters. They are a great dressage boot, (ignore the model name!) run about $360 new, multiple height and calf sizes. NOT really stiff, I have found them easy to break in, and I keep one pair for show because I'm not good at keeping one pair respectable looking

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb. 13, 2009


    What is your budget?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct. 4, 2008
    Western MA


    I just bought a pair of the Ariat Maestros. I am a size 8 with a wide & short calf. Have ALWAYS had trouble finding boots that would fit. Never was able to wear pullons. These fit PERFECTLY. They are the best boots I've ever owned. Highly recamend them.

  6. #6
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    Feb. 23, 2005
    Spotsylvania, VA


    And how is Sassy?
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun. 29, 2008
    San Diego


    If you know the Mountain Horse fit you well and are comfortable, I would just get another pair of those. I have a pair of Konigs for my dressage show boots, but they are so stiff and don't have zippers that I usually end up wearing my Ariat Crowne Pro's or Devon Aires instead, since if my legs swell just a little it is a nightmare to get the Konigs off!

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