|WHAT WHY TALL BOOTS NOT NOW???? by @kieshorse|
|This poor girl.|
Now we're here, shopping for tall boots, yet again. This is not my first rodeo.
My very first pair of tall boots were Ariat and they were pull-ons, purchased in the dark ages when I'm pretty sure Ariat just made 'field boots' and there weren't different kinds. I loved those, because they were a bitch and a half to break in and were so tight on hot days that they cut off the circulation to my feet.
Wait, did I say love?
I hit puberty and they didn't fit anymore, and I wasn't competing so I no longer cared for or needed tall boots. Then a week before my first event I bought Mountain Horse boots after struggling through every pair Dover had in stock. They were too tall but they fit around my calf so I accepted my fate.
The problem with the 'wider' fit boots is they assume your leg is wide all the way down. They bunched around my ankle and gave me horrible bruises, while also simultaneously resulting in my foot not even touching the bottom of my boot unless I shoved my heels down past the point of no return.
I competed up through Training in those, and then desperately needed new ones as my dressage was actually being affected by the fit. I tried on every pair in the local tack store and ended up with a set of Tuffriders. At least they taper delightfully in the ankle! And they were such nice soft leather they were totally pain free.
|They're so short it's all I can see.|
|From my favorite movie|
By some miracle of miracles, for about six months Ovation made tall boots that fit me. So I bought a pair. It was a glorious year, you guys. Oh and they were brown too. I love them. I have ridden in them until they literally fell apart. And now they are lost to time and history and mine can no longer be cobbled together.
So we're shopping again. I feel like I have even less options. My fat leg (lookin' at you, Righty) measures a little over 16" around. They're a little over 16" from floor to crook of knee. And I wear a size 8 shoe. Apparently recipe for an abomination. I'm considering offering a cash reward to whoever finds me boots that fit.
On your marks, get set, go.