Mountain Horse Victoria Dressage Boots For Women
Very early in my dressage career I realized that it was pointless buying the best quality boots. This wasn’t the fault of the footwear ─ the problem lay with me.
I discovered this in northern Italy, while strutting about the show grounds in a pair of extremely expensive dressage boots.
I thought I looked wonderful in them – just like a top dressage rider, as long as I was out of the saddle. I paid for my impertinence upon meeting a sweet looking Dachshund whose owner was nowhere in sight. The cute sausage looked a tad forlorn, so I started chatting to him and this involved eye contact with the dog. Cesar Millan, the famous Dog Whisperer, will tell you this is a no-no. But at that time I hadn’t seen any of his programs, and thought we were getting on famously ─ until the little darling lunged forward without warning and bit me in the toe of my fabulous high-end boots. He may have been a small dog, but he left indelible marks from which my boots never recovered.
I didn’t look so hot in them anymore, and resolved never to spend so much money on dressage boots again – or at least until I reach Grand Prix level. But dressage is a sport where the total picture is important: both the equine and human athlete must be smartly turned out, in addition to performing well.
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Review of the Mountain Horse Victoria Dressage Riding Boots
This is a good purchase for the dressage rider who is willing to spend a little more money for the true dressage style rather than dress boot. Made with superior soft leather and of overall good quality, they are a viable alternative to much more expensive boots.
Their classic features, including a moderately high Spanish cut top, provide that desirable elegance. The Mountain Horse Victoria Womens Dressage Riding Boots supple, full grain leather and elastic gusset ensure a comfortable fit, together with a soft pigskin lining.
Most riders find them a pleasure to wear immediately, without that awkward break-in period. A few riders find that their more traditional style makes these boots a little painful around the ankle until they’re broken in. But even in those few cases they don’t take nearly as long to become comfortable as stiffer boots.
One feature which separates this boot from many others is the location of the zipper. Instead of being at the back, it’s on the inside, near the front, making it easier to use. This puts less stress on it, so it lasts much longer. Zippers tend to be the weak part of otherwise well-made boots, so this is a big plus. Having to continually replace them is infuriating.
Despite being placed on the inside, the zipper doesn’t rub the saddle or leave unsightly marks: it’s positioned where the leg doesn’t touch the saddle.
This good-looking boot is fine for showing, has a better fit than its more expensive Ariat competition and is extremely comfortable. Because they’re not stiff at the back and don’t rub on the heels, they work well for riders who walk a lot in their dressage boots.
The sole’s built-in steel shank improves its stability, and the dirt repellent qualities of the tread increase the rider’s grip in the stirrup irons. There’s nothing more embarrassing than losing your irons in a competition! (Well, besides falling off J)
The boot comes in sizes 6 through 11, without any half-sizes, and a wide variety of heights and calf widths to fit every rider.
As it comes in different heights, the Mountain Horse Victoria Dressage Boot is ideal for those with shorter legs who have a hard time finding dressage riding boots which aren’t too high and don’t dig into the backs of their knees.
Since this boot runs large, it’s a good idea to order one size smaller than normal. However, be warned that if you have high insteps you may not be able to get your feet into these boots. Be prepared, too, for some folding at the ankle, which will make the boot a little shorter than at first. (This is also the case with more expensive boots.)
For a few riders the spur rests are too high, and the heel is too shallow to hold the spur strap in place underneath the boot.
But on balance the Mountain Horse Victoria Dressage Boots are terrific value for the money.
This is the perfect footwear for serious dressage riders who don’t want to blow their entire horse budget on a pair of classy boots.
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