If you’ve ever ridden over a cross country course, you’ll appreciate how much nicer the experience is when the jumps are built over open terrain. You have plenty of room to maneuver and can see exactly where the next fence is.
But while I was living in northern Italy I rode my strong grey gelding at a one day event where all twenty-two fences were built in the woods. I walked that course three times to make sure I knew where each obstacle was.
My horse was prancing nervously in the starting box at the beginning of the course: the steward counted down from ten and my big mount galloped out. We cleared the easy first fence and roared off to number two, which he bypassed. I tried to present him at the obstacle again, but he seized the bit between his teeth and bolted.
I thought my last moments had come: there was no room to circle and slow him down. We were surrounded by trees and all I could do was attempt to steer him clear of their thick trunks. It wasn’t easy.
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We were now approaching the one and only clearing on the whole course. Here was my one chance to part company with him and leave him to dash himself against a tree if he so wished, but without me.
Letting go of the reins, I kicked off my stirrups, leaned back on his rump and rolled off backwards. My years of falling from horses as a kid paid off: I tucked myself into a loose ball and landed unhurt on the ground. Fifty yards away my horse stopped, and was now looking at me contritely.
Thankfully the spectators hadn’t been able to see what happened. All they observed was a well-dressed rider in paddock boots and half chaps, leading her horse out of the woods. I only hope they paid more attention to my boots than the seething expression on my face.
Review of the TuffRider Starter Zip Paddock Boots for women
Paddock boots should be comfortable for both walking in and riding, and the Zip Paddock Boots by TuffRider fit both purposes at a low cost.
The soft faux leather is ideal for animal lovers and vegetarians, who don’t like to wear the real thing but want their boots to look as though they are. As an added advantage, faux leather is also waterproof.
If you’re on a tight budget but want comfort and good looks, these boots are for you. The elastic sides offer the right amount of flexibility, and the foot bed is sturdy and comfortable. The boots break in nicely but as they run a little small, it’s advisable to buy one size up from your normal.
The punched toe cap design adds style and the heavy duty front zipper is made to last. Riders have reported wearing this boot for three years before the stitching began to show signs of wear and tear.
Tuffrider Ladies Starter Zip Paddock Boots are great for doing chores around the barn and riding at home, but also serve well as a starter show boot. At this low price, you might consider getting one pair for home and another to ride in at shows as they are acceptable wear for hunt seat riding and saddle seat when worn without half chaps.
TuffRider Ladies Starter Zip Paddock Boots come in sizes 6 through 11 and half sizes. Remember that they tend to run small, so order at least one half size up. For colors they are available in black and mocha
The TuffRider Ladies Starter Zip Paddock Boots are a great buy for anyone on a budget who wants a stylish boot to wear around the barn and for schooling and shows.
If your wanting to wear them for shows then consider pairing them with the half chaps below.
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Add that Tall Boot Glamor to Your Paddock Boots
If you would like to give your starter paddock boots that elegant tall boot look, and wear them for lower level dressage or jumping competitions, then the Ovation Ladies EquiStretch Half Chaps will complement them nicely. They are reasonably priced at under $45.
Like the Tuffrider paddock boots, they are made of faux leather with the look of top quality leather. The stretch material fits snugly on the lower leg and the inside calf area is reinforced for longer wear in the saddle. They have a back zipper and swagger tab like real tall boots.
You can add these comfortable half chaps to your paddock boots for riding, then remove them afterwards to preserve them and go back to wearing your comfy ankle high boots.
In addition to extra small through extra large sizes, these half chaps are available for the longer leg in tall medium, tall large and tall extra large.
These half chaps are available in black or brown and have an overall rating of 5 out of 5.
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