Isn’t it always the case that when your friends have come to watch you ride you will have the worst competition day ever?
When you inadvertently make yourself conspicuous like that you had better be wearing the right outfit – and this includes your boots!
The scene was a one day event in South Carolina. My husband and I had driven down from Richmond, Virginia, to stay with friends in Aiken as well as to compete. Another couple had come too, mainly to watch yours truly Do Her Thing.
Well, the dressage test was extremely ho-hum. My normally lively horse lacked energy for some reason, but since he disliked this phase as much as I did, I blamed his lethargy on that. For sure he would wake up for the upcoming cross country phase, which was by far his favorite – and mine.
But instead of bouncing up and down in the starting box like a nervous yo-yo, he was unusually quiet. He practically sauntered to the first fence instead of rushing headlong at it, and I had a hard time getting him over. He then refused at the next fence, laboring over it at our second attempt.
We then came to the third obstacle, a large ditch with a hedge on the far side of it, which had been newly painted and varnished for this very public event.
My big gelding lumbered up the hill towards it. He slammed on the brakes at the rim of the ditch and pitched me over his head.
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I landed on my back, smacking onto the beautifully varnished wood. As I lay in agony with the hard surface digging into my spine, I heard hooves thundering off the cross country course. Somehow my listless horse had found the energy to race homeward at full speed.
When I slowly picked myself up and was very glad to have been wearing my body protector. Those things really do work!
There followed a long and embarrassing hobble back to the trailers. Some kind soul had caught my horse and he was fine (and glad to be out of the competition). But my reins were broken and my ego was horribly bruised.
It turned out I’d been sold a bad batch of oats, which were giving my gelding no energy. Once that problem was solved, we were back in business and roaring over cross-country fences again.
At least, under that close public scrutiny, I was properly attired in my field boots!
Review of the TuffRider Ladies Baroque Field Boots
This high quality footwear is another winner from TuffRider. Thanks to the soft premium leather and traditional styling of the high Spanish cut, plus the contoured ankle, you can have the elegant appearance of a custom made boot without the high price tag.
Super soft, the TuffRider Ladies Baroque Field Boots is immediately comfortable and doesn’t require a long break-in period. Elastic panels increase the fit round the calf, and the elastic laces add flexibility at the ankle for the jumping position. The soles are not uncompromisingly rigid and this is a plus for jumping.
Be aware when measuring for these boots that they drop about one inch when broken-in.
The full-length coiled back zipper ensures Ladies Baroque Field Boots are easy to slide into. They are exceptionally long-lasting and can be worn for hours every day, both at the barn and when riding multiple horses. Even at this level of wear, they can last several years if taken care of properly and the durable leather cleans up well.
Their high level of durability as well as the quality of craftsmanship and classic style make this boot a favorite among show jumpers, hunter jumpers and event riders as well as trainers and instructors.
The rounded toes allow ample foot room, although a few riders find these boots run a little large in the foot. The close fit round the ankle gives the boot a more sculpted look and is generally appealing, but some riders feel they’re a little tight in that area, although this does improve with wear. The majority of riders find they fit just right.
Purists about products made outside the U.S. should be aware that these boots are made in India.
For most, this boot runs true to size: it is available in sizes 6 through 11, including half-sizes. When measuring for TuffRider tall boots , be sure to measure your calf at the widest point when sitting down. The back height is taken from the back of the knee to the floor, but don’t forget that these boots will drop about an inch when fully broken-in.
The outside height refers to the distance from floor to the top of Spanish top.
I have put together a guide on measuring for tall boots such as field boots. However the table and video below should help when measuring up for Tuffrider field boots.
TuffRider Ladies Starter Field Boots Size Chart
|Outside height (inches)||20"||20.5"||20.5"||20.5"||20.75"||20.75"|
|Back height (inches)||16.5"||17.25"||17.5"||17.75"||18"||18.25"|
|Slim calf width (inches)||13"||13"||13.5"||14"||14"||14.5"|
|Regular calf width (inches)||14"||14"||14.5"||15"||15"||15.5"|
|Wide calf width||15"||15"||15.5"||16"||16"||16.5"|
This versatile boot is ideal for schooling or showing in all jumping disciplines, and is also appropriate footwear on the hunting field.
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