When riding the best experiences come from close contact and really feeling yourself connected to your horse in the stirrup.
This allows a real connection between horse and rider, not to mention allows for a higher degree of safety.
What makes a good riding sole?
It is advised that a riding boot should have a small heel (1 – 1.5inches), this heel will help your foot stay in place in the stirrup (and not slide through it).
It is also best for your riding boots to have a smooth sole (not too grippy) and to allow for this light contact in the stirrup and allowing for a reactive ride, responding to the movements and reaction of your horse.
In the unlikely event that you fall from a horse, you want your foot to come out of the stirrup smoothly without getting caught, therefore a smooth sole and squared off heel is best
How does a riding sole and yard sole differ?
A yard boot is designed with durability and tough tread in mind to keep you sure footed no matter the weather. Yard boots therefore have a deeper tread in the foot bed and are commonly a thicker rubber, when taking this in mind this would make them slightly less favourable when riding.
Are there any cross over yard / riding boots to work and ride in?
There are several in our collection that work to support you when on and off the horse, our favourite are:
The Montana Long Riding Boots:
Our all round long riding boot that allows for a flexible, supportive ride all year round. A perfect ride safe sole with a good tread for daily jobs on the yard or field. Great for messy weather but not a firm replacement for a welly!
The Kentucky Jodhpur Boots:
A rugged design to keep you at peak comfort both in and out the saddle.
The Nebraska Long Riding Boots:
Robust, warm and perfectly fitted, rising to any equestrian yard duty. Great for the cooler months with unbeatable durability and whether out walking, riding or in the fields, this boot will see you warm and comfortable through the many tough winter days in and out of the saddle.