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    At what point do you put on YOUR riding boots?

    Just curious when most people put on their riding boots. Do you wear your riding boots to the stable from home? Do you put them on right when you get to the stable? Do you wait until after you've caught your horse and finished the basic grooming? Or right before you mount the horse? Would your answer change if you were wearing half chaps vs tall boots? Thanks for your input!!
    164
    Wear them from home
    12.80%
    21
    Put them on upon arrival at stable
    26.83%
    44
    Put them on after catching/grooming/tacking up
    42.68%
    70
    Literally right before stepping on the horse
    17.68%
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    #2
    When I wore paddock boots and half chaps, it would either be one of the first two, depending on where I was coming from (work or home) or if I was already in other shoes. I wore my paddock boots for all barn chores except full baths or really muddy weather.

    Now that I have gone to wearing tall boots all the time I put them on in the final stages of tacking up - usually after saddle is girthed up, but before putting on the bridle.

    I also take them off after removing saddle and bridle, but before I do any other post-ride clean-up.
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      #3
      I'm actually in between the choices. I usually leave the house in sneakers, and change to rubber boots when I get to the barn. Then I groom the horse and put his boots on. Then I go to the tack room, put on my tall riding boots and spurs and grab my tack, then tack my horse up. After the ride I pull his tack, and change back into my rubber boots when I put the tack away in the tack room. I'm hoping this keeps my tall boots lasting longer, if I only wear them riding not chores.
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        #4
        I didn't like driving in any riding boots, so I put them on when I got to the barn; at one point, I was leaving paddock boots there. I prefer wearing boots around horses, in case feet get stepped on and just to keep shavings out of my other shoes. Rarely rode in tall boots at home, mostly just before shows to get used to them again. I put my half chaps on while tacking up the horse.

        Some times I would go regular shoes to paddock boots (while catching from turn out, grooming, etc) to tall boots (before putting on bridle and getting on) and then back to paddock boots, after all the riding is completed. Then regular shoes before leaving barn.

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          #5
          Normally I just wear them from home. However when I wore tall boots they went on after the saddle before the bridle. In college I put my paddock boots on in the car, depending on what I was changing out of it would be before or after driving to the barn. Their were a few times over the year where I had to go places between home and barn where I'd change once I got to the barn.

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            #6
            Depends on the season...during the winter/spring I typically wait until I'm ready to get on to change from my insulated boots to my riding boots. This time of year I typically leave home in my older running shoes and change as soon as I get to the barn.

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              #7
              Depends on where I am coming from and what the weather is like.

              Coming from home in good weather? Boots.
              Coming from home in wet weather/mud season? Boots after I have caught the horse.

              Coming from work? When I get to the farm or after catching horse in the mud.

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                #8
                I leave the house in either shoes, rubber boots, or winter boots. That's what I wear to tack up. I put my tall boots and helmet on before I bridle and get on.
                If I'm riding a couple horses the boots and helmet stay on until I'm done riding.
                After I ride, I make sure the saddle and bridle are off before I take my boots and helmet off.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by MissAriel View Post
                  When I wore paddock boots and half chaps, it would either be one of the first two, depending on where I was coming from (work or home) or if I was already in other shoes. I wore my paddock boots for all barn chores except full baths or really muddy weather.

                  Now that I have gone to wearing tall boots all the time I put them on in the final stages of tacking up - usually after saddle is girthed up, but before putting on the bridle.

                  I also take them off after removing saddle and bridle, but before I do any other post-ride clean-up.
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                    #10
                    I don't want my horse to wait in the cross ties any longer than he needs to, so I get myself ready first (boots first then helmet), then go get him and tack up.

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                      #11
                      Well, it depends whether I am coming from home or work.

                      But basically I organize it so I am not mucking out, walking a great distance doing a lot of chores, walking in mud, or washing the horse in either half chaps or tall boots. For both comfort and saving the leather.

                      I would have boots and helmet on before the bridle goes on. I would probably put on hoof boots before my tall boots because it's harder to squat in tall boots. Etc.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by MissAriel View Post

                        Now that I have gone to wearing tall boots all the time I put them on in the final stages of tacking up - usually after saddle is girthed up, but before putting on the bridle.

                        I also take them off after removing saddle and bridle, but before I do any other post-ride clean-up.
                        I do the same; When tacking up: after saddle, before bridle. Cooling down: I put him in his stall, untack, and let him be for a few mins. Get myself changed back in to whatever shoes I wore to barn.

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                          #13
                          Two considerations here:
                          1) I value my toes, and feel infinitely safer walking around the barn in my boots than my street shoes.
                          2) I don't want my horse waiting around on the crossties for me to get dressed. But I also ride in a busy barn, where there are often people waiting for crosstie spots, so ymmv.

                          So I put them on as soon as I arrive.

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                            #14
                            Don't leave my boots at the barn - don't want to find any visitors in them . I usually wear 1/2 chaps and paddock boots, so boots on, no particular order when I put 1/2 chaps on. I would do the same w/ tall boots. At a show, boots come on when before I tack horse up.

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                              #15
                              After I saddle and before I bridle. But then I leave them on for any additional horses I ride....then when done I take them off after the horse is unpacked and before the bath.

                              i use chaps and paddocks some, and Volants most of the time. Process is the same with both, I use barn boots (Boggs, Sloggers, LLBean boots) until the switch. But horses are at home and ain't nobody going to wear my boots here! And I have appropriate barn "boots" for chores. I wouldnt wear sneakers.

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                                #16
                                Regular use: Paddock boots go on at home, come off at home. Half chaps go on after grooming, right before I put the bridle on (it's when my helmet and gloves go on as well). Half chaps come off after last ride when I put all my tack away - that could mean an hour later, it could mean 4 hours later, depending on how many I'm riding, etc. (same goes for helmet. It stays on until I'm done...but I also find it comfortable and no bother at all).

                                For Shows: I wear paddock boots until after grooming and right before getting on. I might put them on earlier, but spurs can't go on until right before...they dig in when I walk and I get blisters. My boots are still pull ons, so they stay on until no more riding is required for the day. (spurs come on and off)
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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by BITSA View Post
                                  I don't want my horse to wait in the cross ties any longer than he needs to, so I get myself ready first (boots first then helmet), then go get him and tack up.
                                  I'm the terrible person that thinks it teaches my horse patience to wait in the crossties....just so long as no one is waiting to use the ties. Of course, my gelding makes me pay for my patience lesson by then peeing in the crossties. Mare couldn't care less...and can stand for quite some time as content as can be.
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                                    #18
                                    I wear mucker type boots until Pony is almost all the way tacked up. then switch to paddocks. she enjoys the relax time and is much happier with the last girth tightening if I give her a few minutes. after the lesson, I untack then put the muckers back on. I try to avoid getting the paddocks wet at all.

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                                      #19
                                      My tall boots go on right before I bridle my horse and get on, and they come off as soon as I remove his tack and put him in his stall. They do not go to the wash stall. They do not go to the pasture. They do not walk around the barn while grooming or watching other people ride. They go into a boot bag with boot trees.

                                      I wear rubber boots or old sneakers the rest of the time.

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                                        #20
                                        I should add that when my tall boots come off, my Ariat twin gore paddock boots go on (slip on). I'm not comfortable working around the horses in sneakers, I don't find wellies comfy, and anyhow I want dedicated barn boots because you never lose that smell.

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