Sunday, January 30, 2011

What is the point...



...of jodhpur boots?  Really!  The most useless piece of footwear ever invented, including 5" stilettos.
I had a new student show up in jodhpurs on Saturday.  She went into a store (western boot store) and asked for a pair of English paddock boots and walked out with brown jodhpur boots. 

8 comments:

  1. lol... agreed although they are popular in saddleseat land.

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  2. That's funny, I was just going to say I had a pair for saddleseat. They were only worn for shows. They spent way more time in a box than near a horse lol.

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  3. Jodphur boots are for riding. I couldn't be without mine and ride my horse in jodphur boots. I am surprised at your attitude. They are the normal riding footwear for many people in Australia and Great Britain. Even the Australian stockmen (cowboys) wear them, except in a sturdier version. They are required footwear for junior riders in the show ring and for junior Pony Club riders. You have proclaimed them to be useless and yet have not said why.

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  4. Well, if one is aiming to get paddock boots, then jodphur boots are very useless, they are probably [realativly] unfortable and hard to get on. But for showing purposes, especially for junior riders who are too young yet for tall boots they are an important piece of show attire (I really despise this trend of putting junior riders in tall boots... just, no).
    For use around the barn and general schooling, yeah they are pretty pointless, but for showing? They have their purpose.

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  5. ok, little kids belong in jodhpurs, jodhpur boots and garters. I honestly have never seen anyone over the age of 10 in them and around here even little kids wear paddock boots with jodhpurs.
    Why do I think they are useless? They offer no support for the riders foot and ankle, they rub on the heel if you are riding with your heels down, half chaps do not fit over them, they are not tall enough by themselves to prevent rubs from stirrup leathers.
    But I am surprised that they are being defended and I stand corrected, some people do think there is a use for them. And I forgot about saddleseat.... I have seen them there with the show outfits, my bad on that one.

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  6. @kippen64 - speaking for myself, I just never found they fit as well as lace up paddock boots. Maybe since the slip on style aren't popular in North America we just don't get enough choice in brands to find a good fit and good quality?

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  7. I just had to throw out my Blundstone paddock boots because the sole went on them after a few years. I wear them all the time around the barn and with half chaps most times. Never really had a problem with them and they are comfortable. They're no where near as nice as wearing my regular field boots, but I'm a few pounds away from having them fit again. I guess everyone has their own preference in boots.

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  8. Maybe it's just the angle, but it looks like it'd be hard to achieve any bend in your ankles.

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