are many different types of beginner
horseback riding boots. Equestrians have a lot to learn beyond
how to post the correct diagonal and get the correct canter lead.
key to lesson success is to understand the right equipment. Quality
footwear such as the Ariat Heritage Breeze paddock boot is essential
for safety. It will allow you to ride comfortably and confidently in
horseback riding lessons, you need boots that are durable, safe, and
suitable for the discipline.
to Choose a Riding Lesson Boot
years of western and English lessons, I understand what it takes for
me to be in the right mindset (and attire) to learn. If you wear the
wrong boots, your instructor will be more concerned about your feet
than your instruction.
are many options for horseback riding boots, whether they’re for men
or women. It is easier than you might think to find a pair that does
the job and lasts for years.
I have consolidated my top 12 lesson boots in this post, there are a
few things you need to know.
Factors to Consider when Choosing Riding Lesson Boots
– Even if you only do one lesson per week, your shoes should be
closed-toed with a solid heel. They will protect your feet against
misplaced hooves (it happens), and prevent your feet from sliding
through the stirrups or accidentally getting caught.
– Whether you are taking lessons in dressage or reining, or just for
pleasure riding (just to mention a few), you need a boot that is
appropriate for the type and style of riding you will be doing.
– You can buy horse riding boots made from leather or rubber in a
variety of materials. You should choose waterproof boots that are
insulated if you plan on riding through snow and mud. Breathability
is important if you are riding in high heat.
– When it comes to riding boots, you get what you pay for. It’s worth
paying a little more for something that will last a lifetime. You
might consider buying cheaper boots for your child who is still
learning. Reselling good boots is much easier.
– Fashion is not the only reason you should be shopping for boots.
Although you shouldn’t just buy boots for their looks, there are
plenty of options so that you can choose boots that you like
design-wise and do the job well. These are my favorite horseback
TuffRider Children’s Starter Buckle-Down Waterproof Boot for Kids
TuffRider Children’s Starter Front Zip is a great option for
children who are just starting horseback riding lessons or need to
replace older lesson boots.
elastic gullets at the sides improve flexibility.
are easy to put on and take off because of the zip front.
are available in mocha or black.
are more affordable for children who are just starting to ride.
are very easy to clean with a damp towel!
boots do not have a pull-on buckle, which makes it a little more
difficult to put on.
won’t last as long as brands of higher quality, but they are sturdy
enough to be used for lessons.
synthetic leather uppers don’t offer much cushion or arch support.
EquiStar All-Weather Child’s Field Boot (Kids).
Child’s Field Boot is a tall boot that your child will need for
riding lessons. This boot is great for dressage and jumping lessons.
comfort, the flattering profile features gussets at the top.
“Leather-look” fabric offers the same style as traditional
riding boots but at a lower price.
liner provides superior sweat management for hot weather riding.
boot is a bit small so it’s a good idea to order two sizes.
aren’t made from real leather, so they won’t last as long. They
are “all-weather” though.
Smoky Mountain Children’s Monterey Western Cowboy Boots for Kids
Mountain Children’s Monterey Western Cowboy Boots will be a hit with
stitching is a classic western style feature that you can find on
the shaft or toe of this Western-style dress.
has a safety heel that prevents the boot’s slippage through the
faux leather is not as durable as real leather, you can use it for
may need to order a smaller size if you are concerned about the boot
Rocky Kids’ Mid Calf Boot (Kids)
Kids’ Mid Calf Boot is the best boot for your child if they are
learning to horseback ride or just need a good boot to play around at
full-grain leather boots feature a rubber sole. This combination is
both durable and comfortable.
6-inch shaft is adequate for riding, but it’s also small enough to
not restrict play.
style is stronger than other children’s riding boots.
can be hard to size this boot.
Merrell Captiva Buckle-Down Waterproof Boot (Ladies).
purchasing Espresso Merrell Captivas at random 5 years ago, a friend
shared her story. She has worn them on every western ride she has
she loved the comfort and durability of these shoes, she plans to
purchase a second pair.
boots have been in use for approximately 2-4 weeks and never showed
signs of wear.
the heel is not obvious, it allows for safe riding.
are extremely comfortable and the soft sole makes for a pleasant
stroll around the barn.
instep zipper makes it easy to put on and take off the shoes.
are great for pairing with jeans. They come in black, espresso, and
would be a shame to lose the buckle. These are great for spurs.
boots are shorter than cowboy boots but longer than paddock boots.
These boots might not be suitable for tall riders.
larger calves, the boots may be too tight.
Ariat Heritage Contour II Field English Boot for ladies
are my top English boots. The Ariat Heritage Contour II Field Boot,
which I have used for over three years, is what I use for dressage
and stadium jumping.
boots are the most loved in England. They have both quality and
is great for riding and has a great spur stop at its back.
are easy to break into and have a zipper at the back for easy
proper care, the premium, full-grain leather upper will last forever.
gussets at your inner knees make it comfortable, no matter if you’re
in the saddle.
boot is perfect for you and anyone else. If you are 120 lbs and
5’6″, you can choose the “short” size. If you’re
shorter than average, the shorts will be your best choice.
shoes feature field-style lacing.
those who prefer regular Jeans, this boot is not for them. However,
Jean breeches are a good option!
are expensive because of their style and craftsmanship.
Ariat Heritage Breeze Lace Paddock Boot (Ladies)
Heritage Breeze Lace Paddock Boot is a great choice for beginners. It
is also less expensive than most dress boots. They offer greater
comfort during and after your ride.
have a safety heel and a pull-strap at the back.
shoes have leather upper with washable leather and a rubber sole.
boots offer greater flexibility in the saddle, thanks to their ankle
might consider adding a sole insert to provide cushioning. They are
are not waterproof, so you should only wear them indoors in rainy or
TuffRider Starter Front Zip Paddock Boot (Ladies)
TuffRider’s Starter Front Zip Paddock Boot for Horse Rookies is an
affordable lesson boot. These boots won’t last as long, but they will
do the job fine if your horse is only occasionally riding.
saddle is more flexible with elastic gullets at the sides.
are available in black and mocha with a zip front.
are more affordable for beginners.
are easy to clean.
boots do not have a pull-on back strap.
you wear them often at the barn, they won’t last as long as
uppers are made of synthetic leather, not full-grain leather.
don’t provide much cushion or arch support, so it is a good idea to
Roper Crossrider Western Boot (Ladies)
Roper Crossrider Western Boot, a short boot for western riders who
like to ride in a shorter boot, is an excellent option for lessons.
is highly respected in Western circles, so it is a high-quality
boots have a timeless western look that works well with either half
chaps or on their own.
forged steel shank provides stability and support.
safety heel is ideal for riding and the sole has plenty of traction.
sole is thick, but it’s style-wise.
don’t have waterproof properties so make sure to get a waterproof
run large for sizing.
AdTec Packer Boot (Ladies)
the style is not always the best thing when choosing a riding boot,
the AdTec Packer Boot looks great.
super safety heel features a full-grain leather upper with a rubber
are more flattering than a bulky work boot.
two-tone cherry/black option is my favorite, but they also come with
extra comfort, they have an orthotic insole cushion that can be
you don’t like the fringe accent, you can take it out.
are heavier than others, so they may not be the best option if you
plan to do a lot of walking each day.
sole or heel has very little traction.
heel measures 1.5 inches tall. This is quite prominent visually.
Ariat V Sport Zip Tall Riding Boot for Ladies
Ariat V Sport Zip Tall Riding Boot is for you if you prefer a
sportier look. This boot is unique and has all the essential features
you need for riding.
Dennis, an Equestrian Vlogger, and Horse Trainer, also included this
boot into her Horse Rookie Equestrian Christmas Gift Guide.
are extremely comfortable and do not require any “breaking in”
shoes have great traction and a safety heel.
gorgeous Spanish-style top is in navy and has a snap closure.
on/off is made possible by the full zip at the back.
boot’s elasticized panels allow for a customized fit without the
need to purchase a custom boot.
boot can be a bit more difficult to size for calves, so it is
advisable to order two sizes and then keep the one that best fits
the zipper can slip down. There is no leather keeper to keep it in
Ariat Heritage Lacer Cowboy Boot (Gents)
Ariat Heritage Lacer Cowboy Boot for men is a classic western boot
that you can wear around town and use for lessons.
are comfortable and durable, thanks to their leather upper and
outsole is durable and flexible. They also feature advanced
technology that provides additional support and stability.
are a great investment because of the Ariat
craftsmanship and quality.
back has no pull strap.
can use these soles to ride on rough terrain (e.g. For example,
can take some time to get used to them, so make sure you wear them
around for a while before your first lesson.
addition to the list above, there’s a classic cowboy boot called
The Laredo Breakout Western Boot. Because of its timeless design, it
is a great option and one of my favorite men’s boots.
shoes have a synthetic sole and leather upper for comfort and
durability. Pair it with a classic design that you can wear to
accent stitching at the shaft and toe is a great touch. It’s subtle,
but it adds western flair. You can keep your feet cool with the
breathable mesh lining.
only problem is that they don’t have insulation, so you will need
something warmer if you ride in winter. These are small/narrow in
size, so it is a good idea to order two sizes, and then return the
one that does not fit.