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Cheapish Open-Front/ Ankle boots--Recs?

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  • Cheapish Open-Front/ Ankle boots--Recs?

    I'm looking for something to use for lessons and the odd jumper show, mostly, since I'm far too lazy to leap off and change them between sj and xc. Durable and easy to clean.

    I definitely don't want anything that only comes in white, and anything that is neoprene lined is probably out as well. I'd love to spend about $100 for all 4 legs. The TriZone ones that look like the AllSports would probably be perfect, but they're more expensive than the galloping boots which seems silly.

    Anyone have these?
    or these?

  • #2
    I've been using these and am very happy with them....
    I've been using them for SJ for all the shows this year, and for XC too when I couldn't fit a boot change in. I also use them for my weekly jumping lessons. Never had any problems with slipping, rubbing or chafing and they're holding up great. $70 for the full set.

    Roma Magnetic Ankle Boots

    Roma Magnetic Open Front Boots
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    • #3
      I have these and really like them, still have to get the hinds. I like that they come in brown--white gets dirty too easily and black looks horrendous on my chestnut. They have the classy look of leather without the care involved with actual leather. But they are neoprene... why don't you want neoprene lined?
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      • #4
        I have the Roma boots with neoprene (similar to the wool lined ones you posted) and have been very happy with them. They've never rubbed or slipped and I've been abusing them for probably 4 or 5 years now. I use them for every trail and most jump schools, so probably 2-3 times a week. The full size fits my 16.2 TB quite well, although they might be a bit small for something with lots of bone.
        I love my Econo-Nag!


        • Original Poster

          My horse ended up with weird skin issues on his one white leg last year--I'm fairly sure it was from his Woof boots as it stopped when we switched to the AllSports. I'm not sure whether to risk it again, since he was fine in the past. I do like the brown much better--I have a chestnut, too.


          • #6
            I don't mind any of the ones that have been linked to, the only thing I will caution is that I sometimes have a hard time getting open fronts with that two big, elastic velcroed straps to stay put on finer boned horses. They always seem to slip. If your horse has a little bone, you'll probably be ok, and, really, it isn't that bad, it just annoys me!

            I am no help...I treated myself a couple of years ago for my birthday when TOTD had Gygax (??) open fronts for sale and bought a pair with fluffy sheepskin lining. They stay very nicely in place.

            Not to completely change the subject, but how are you liking your All Sports?? I keep toying with the idea of them, but I'm not convinced they have enough of a tendon guard for my taste!


            • #7
              Romas. Excellent and durable.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Highflyer View Post
                My horse ended up with weird skin issues on his one white leg last year--I'm fairly sure it was from his Woof boots as it stopped when we switched to the AllSports. I'm not sure whether to risk it again, since he was fine in the past. I do like the brown much better--I have a chestnut, too.
                FWIW, I think the Woofs don't always fit the best. I love my Woofs with the lime green velcro, but they definitely don't fit the leg as well as other boots I've used, so that might be a problem. The joy of chestnuts... the vast majority of boots are black and black makes my mare look like Halloween.
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                • #9
                  I like the All-sports. i prefer having some elastic in the strap.

                  I used to order Sportabac's from Ireland - like woof, but with elastic in the strap, and i thought they held up better - but they went out of business.

                  So the All-sports are the best substitute i've found so far. i have some woof's and their useful but neither brand is as nice as what Sportabac used to make...
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                  • Original Poster

                    I had Woof boots as a kid (Woofs and the Ulster boots with the clips that were such a PITA) and they were fantastic, but they definitely aren't as nice these days. So I am definitely open to the possibility that they were part of the problem. Plus I guess these types cover much less of the leg, which should help.

                    YB, I really love the AllSports. I don't use them to hack, just for jumping and at events, but they've been really great fit and durability wise--thankfully I have not had to test the tendon guard yet. For a while I used them in front and regular Woof brushing boots behind and the difference in how hot his legs got was pretty amazing. I do wish they made hind specific ones with the guard on the front, though. Also they run a smidge big, so for a finer horse definitely downsize. I did look at some of the xc specific boots because of the guard, and I found a lot of them kind of thick, stiff and bulky. I do like the NEW ones with the guard though--maybe once we move up to Prelim.

                    My horse definitely has some bone as TBs go, so that is not a worry. I see that those fleece-lined Romas come in my xc colors (navy and light blue) so that is definitely tempting! What's the deal with the magnetic ones? Is this a holdover from when magnets were the next big thing, and will my horse attract the pins from the jump cups if they're metal?


                    • #11
                      every boot other than the ones you listed and any others lined with sheepskin are going to have neoprene.

                      I know we talk about the terrors of heat and neoprene all the time but that is more for boots like these:
                      that have no circulation what-so-ever.

                      I ONLY use the Roma open fronts.
                      for N-T XC and for SJ.

                      here is a cute sport pack:

                      and I gave in and started using the Nunn Finer woof knock offs too for the hind end.
                      comparable to these but cheaper in price. I get them from Legacy but usually I just call in the order.

                      with Legacy, coupon code: KABOOM2 gets you 5 bucks off.
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                      • #12
                        These are a bit different than the others listed, but I have these open fronts and the ankle boots:


                        I actually found them on clearance at Equine Affaire for $15 for all four. Mine are brown, but looks like VTO has sold out that color. They are lovely and look like much more expensive boots. I am not sure how well they hold up (have only used mine at a handful of shows), but for that price, who cares if they wear out eventually!