Horse Riding Boots
Riding boots can be made of leather, suede or rubber and can also be long or short in design. The most important thing is that they have a strong heel as this prevents the foot from going through the stirrup which is dangerous.
English Equestrian Boots (Long)
Long leather boots are used for every day riding and for competition. Many now come with a zip at the back for ease of getting them on and off, and also a curved top of the boot gives a very elegant line. At the back of the heel there will be a spur ledge on to which your spurs are attached. Long boots offer more stability and extra protection to the lower leg than short boots, and so are highly recommended for dressage, jumping and cross country riding.
English Equestrian Boots (Short)
Short leather boots can be used in some competitions provided that they are worn with the same color gaiter or chap. Short boots allow more flexibility in the lower leg and with the addition of a gaiter will also offer some protection. If worn without gaiters, boot clips should be worn to prevent the jodhpurs from riding up the leg. There are two types of short boot which are the paddock boot and the jodhpur boot.
Paddock Boots (Short)
Have a lace up front and heel while the classic jodhpur boot has either a side zip, or elastic sides covering the ankles and a heel (the latter is also sometimes called a 'Chelsea' boot in fashion circles).
Muck Boots (Short)
Slightly more sturdy in design these are ideal for general handling and stable duties. They can be made of leather, rubber and suede and often offer sturdier soles with more grip.
Western Riding Boots (Long or Short)
Traditionally made entirely of leather, with a tapered toe, solid sturdy heel and often featuring a decorative pattern to the calf area of the boot. The long boots range form 12 inches high for ladies to 13 inches high for mens boots with a slightly curved arch top, and often with a spur ledge. Sizes are measured in shoe size, calf width and height from the back of the knee to the ground.