Riding trainers

PePo

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I currently have Ariat Terrains, but after three years, probably need to replace them this summer. I say probably, but I mean definitely as they have actual holes in them :D

I do really like them, but being Ariat, they wont be the cheapest to replace. Which is fine if they are genuinely the best - but Tuffa, Dublin and Steeds all seem to do a riding trainer/endurance style boot. And I've heard not entirely glowing reviews about Ariat's quality these days.

Has anyone had any of the other types of riding trainers/endurance style boots?
 

Jessey

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I've worn Ariat's (terrain, telluride etc.) for about the last 15 years, the quality is not what it was in my opinion but my hands on inspection of others they don't seem hugely better and the price isn't cheap-er enough (I am having a really fibro fuzzy brain day and cannot for the life of me put that into proper English, sorry :D ) to get me away from the Ariat's. I buy a new pair a year and normally try to pick them up in the sales, last pair was about 90 quid. I do have 1 pair of the Gore-Tex ones which are more pricey but I have to say they have held up really well so far and are probably worth paying that bit more for IMO.
 
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newforest

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I have always looked at these and not bought, couldn't justify the price tag.
I now have Sprenger stirrups so not sure how safe riding trainers would be?
It maybe worth looking into walking boots and comparing? They are certainly cheaper.
 
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PePo

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Yes @Jessey that was my feeling too. At least I know Ariats are comfortable!

I rode in my Sprenger's in them @newforest and had no issues, but do ride in caged stirrups now as found Sprengers not very comfortable. I'm not a fan of walking boots and imagine they'd be a good deal more cumbersome and not as comfortable, so not something for me, however much cheaper they may be :)
 

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Yes @Jessey that was my feeling too. At least I know Ariats are comfortable!

I rode in my Sprenger's in them @newforest and had no issues, but do ride in caged stirrups now as found Sprengers not very comfortable. I'm not a fan of walking boots and imagine they'd be a good deal more cumbersome and not as comfortable, so not something for me, however much cheaper they may be :)
Isn't that funny.
I have gone from the raddery caged after 15 years to the Sprenger.

Let us know what you get.
 

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All our boots are Ariat except for my dressage boots and winter boots which are mountain horse. OH and I still have our Ariat terrain boots wich we always took to USA and wore for mountain walking as well as trail riding.
I had to buy a larger size of Sprenger to accommodate my winter boots and that larger size would fit the terrain as well.

I have been riding twice a week for say 15 years. Dividing that you could say all my Ariat boots are still going strong after the equivalent of riding daily for 2 years.
However, my OH polishes my boots -my boots get meticulously looked after. I think that is because we regard them as valuable items. Like the family silver.
And I have spoiled the look of some boots by spraying them with water repellant before the first wearing.
 

domane

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I bought a pair of "second-hand" Tellurides for £50 a couple of years ago. They were brand new and still in their box so I consider that a huge bargain. They get with more in the summer, with my mesh chaps when it's hot. I clean and condition them regularly too soon they're still in fab condition.
 
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