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05 July 2018 13:50
Online shopping is a great way to choose children's riding boots - just make sure you select the right size based on the manufacturer’s guidelines, and choose a company like The Saddlery Shop, as we offer full exchange or refund within 14 days. Think about what socks your child may be wearing, in case this influences the choice of whether to ‘go up’ a size of riding boot.
Once you get the riding boots home:
1. If you are choosing jodhpur style boots for horse riding, pull the honeycomb elastic sides before putting them on, to stretch the elastic.
2. Ideally, put the riding boots on when the child is seated; with a jodhpur boot, apply the boot toe first, with a twisting action.
3. Feel down the back of the boot with your finger to make sure the child’s heel isn’t squashed and sits comfortably at the heel section of the boot.
4. With your fingers, press down at the front end of the boot to check where the child’s big toe lies – it shouldn’t be touching the toe of the riding boot.
5. Gently try to pull the riding boot off – it shouldn’t easily come off – if it does, it may be too big.
6. Check that the outside ankle bone isn't rubbing on the outside of the boot – this could indicate a kids’ riding boot that is too small.
7. Check that the widest part of the foot is in the widest part of the boot.
8. Ask the child to walk in the riding boots to ensure they’re comfortable, and don't slip off.
9. Remember that you can also buy kids’ riding boots with steel toe caps (safety caps) for extra safety and peace of mind - but that when checking the fit for your child, these riding boots will be less physically flexible beneath your fingers.
10. Look out for Paddock Boots as well as jodhpur boots - these often have front zips and are a very smart riding boot option, especially for older children and teens.
11. Need half chaps to go with a pair of kids’ riding boots? Check out our great range of children’s half chaps at The Saddlery Shop.
12. Looking for the look of a top quality pair of long leather riding boots for children at a fraction of the cost? Then don’t forget synthetic kids’ riding boots - modern versions are very smart.
13. Did you know that not all kids’ riding boots are plain and discreet? You can get some fancier styles now, ideal for showjumping, or just for any young rider wanting to make a style statement. Look out for ‘grown up’ synthetic uppers that look like leather, and design features like patent trim around the tops of the boots with accents like sparkly studs.