If you are looking for a pair of paddock boots then no doubt you’ll have looked at some of the Ariat paddock boots on offer? And the Ariat Heritage boots range is certainly worth some consideration.
The great thing about paddock boots is that you can wear them all day at the barn, use them to exercise or compete on your horse, then wear them with jeans to go to the shops and know you look darn smart while you take part in each of those activities!
Of course, this only works at a show if you remember to bring them with you.
We were getting ready for my son’s first one day event and he had been practicing his dressage all week with me. He had also popped over some fences – both stadium and cross-country. It wasn’t really necessary as these phases were a given with my eventer, who was a lot nicer to my offspring than to me. He would happily sail over the same height of fence with my eleven year old but knock the top pole off when I was in the saddle.
Anyway, things were going swimmingly.
On show day his father, myself and he were all ready to leave on time. Everything was in the trailer, including the horse, and we arrived at the event venue, one and a half hours away, with oodles of time to spare.
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It was only when we were unpacking all the gear that we realized that my son’s paddock boots were missing. The only ones in the trailer were mine, and they were much too small for him.
I was mortified when I realized that I had taken his boots out the night before thinking they were mine, and left the wrong ones in the trailer.
After all that training, I had ruined my son’s big day!
Our only hope was that, since it was a schooling show and not a recognized event, the organizers would let him ride in his father’s regular shoes. The two of them had the same size foot.
Off went my son to ask permission and you can imagine how relieved we were that the answer was ‘yes’! Try also to picture our joy when he won the one day event!
The moral of this story is: make sure when you buy a pair of paddock boots that you remember to take them with you to the competition. 😎
Ariat Paddock Boots Review – Women’s Heritage III Zip Paddock Boots
If you’re looking for a combination of comfort, durability and quality, Ariat Womens Heritage III Zip Paddock Boots is the one. Being made entirely of leather, it naturally costs more than its cousin, the Heritage Sport Zip Paddock Boot, which has man-made uppers.
The high quality leather and superior craftsmanship of this classically elegant boot make it stand out from the rest. Riders have reported wearing their paddock boots for 5 years before they finally needed to replace them. That says a great deal about the sturdiness of this product.
Unusually for riding boots, the antique brassed zipper on the Heritage III Zip Paddock Boot is as durable as the rest of the components. This is a huge plus, because the zipper often breaks early in the life of other boots and needs replacing.
Another reason these boots are such a firm favorite is the support and comfort afforded by the 4LR™ technology, which makes them a real pleasure to wear. Although they can be a little stiff, and tight at the toe in the beginning, they break in quickly and, as one rider puts it, eventually feel like butter on the feet.
They can be worn all day long, making them perfect for riding instructors and horse trainers, as well as those who spend all their time at the barn riding multiple horses, performing chores or simply hanging out. They also look good worn as regular footwear and go well with jeans, pants or a skirt. Their traditional style will never go out of fashion.
Ariat’s Duratread™ flexible soles provide great traction and keep them firmly in the stirrups. They are even good on ice!
Although an English style boot, it is so versatile that some customers ride Western in them with Western chaps.
One criticism that I’ve mentioned before is that Ariat tends to favor those with narrower feet and these Ariat paddock boots are no exception. It’s worth bearing this in mind as Ariat boots can be a little snug round larger ankles but fit smaller ones well.
For most, these boots are a good fit, and run true to size, but their sleek form can cause them to be a little narrow in the foot for some.
They are available in sizes 5.5 through 11, with half sizes going up to 10.
Ariat Paddock boots for women are well known for being high quality boots and the Ariat Womens Heritage III Zip Paddock Boots are a great example. Although these come with a higher price tags than say the Heritage Sports Zip paddock boots, they are made of full leather and are a wonderfully comfortable boot for most. They look fantastic and are a hard wearing riding boot for all disciplines and classes including hunting.
The Ariat Women’s Heritage III Zip Paddock Boots are a classic addition to any rider’s wardrobe and can be worn for horse-related activities such as pleasure riding and hunt seat riding, or smart casual wear away from the barn.
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Give Your Paddock Boots the Professional Touch
Ariat Womens Heritage III Zip Paddock Boots pair well with the Ariat Classic chap III which retails for between $124.95 – $129.99. Its attractive, full grain leather protects your leg and makes it more stable in the saddle. Added to your paddock boots, the chap creates the look of expensive tall-shaft riding boots ─ perfect for competition in the lower levels of dressage and for jumping.
The Ariat Classic chap III is lightly padded to provide extra comfort, and the added goring in the topline increases flexion at the knee.
When you are finished riding, simply undo the heavy duty back zipper to peel off your chaps for safe storage.
These chaps have an overall rating of 4 out of 5 and are available in black or chocolate, and come with wide a choice of sizes and heights.
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