Manufacturer: Mountain Horse
Model: Protective Jodhpur - Brown
Category: English Chaps/Boots/Helmets
Purchase: I purchased these boots from Dover Saddlery, by mail, in April of 2004. I paid $84.90; it was a combined order, so that is without shipping. The main reason for choosing this model was the safety toe.
Likes: I like the ease at which I can put these boots on and take them off. I like how they don't look too conspicuous with jeans. They are easy care, unlike some leather boots I have had. The steel toe has saved my toes.
Dislikes: I wish they had a woman's size to fit me. I am wearing a men's 11, which is a tad sloppy, so I added an insole underneath their removable one, to make them less loose. The color is described as brown, but the boot is closer to black with brown elastic sides (hard to match half chaps to). When I get out of the car I have to fix my pant leg as it gets stuck on the top of the boot; if the boot was an inch or two taller this wouldn't happen. They look a little clunky (masculine compared to Ariats). They fit a bit loose, probably because they are men's.
Quality: These boots have lasted far longer than any boots I bought from Ariat, Justin, Tony Lama, Grand Prix.... The local cobbler re-lined the inside of the heels and stitched on one new boot pull loop; for five dollars. I have had to have other brands totally resoled/rebuilt at this age. I use these boots every day, snow with salt, to mud, to sun with dry dust. The sole still shows tread.
Summary: These boots are worth every penny I paid for them. They are as convenient as clogs to put on. I often go to the barn on my lunch break and need to change to barn shoes, in the car, to prevent bringing barn smells to work. When I go to the barn from home I use them for cleaning stalls and ground work, then quickly slip them off to put on my tall boots and ride. The oil and acid resistant outer sole has stood up really well to salt and barn acids (urine). The oil tanned leather is also superior, I wipe them off occasionally with a damp cloth or leather new spray, and the leather hasn't cracked, creased, or faded, as other brands have, even with hard daily use/abuse. The steel shank and stirrup control system have made me feel safe in the saddle. I do not have half-chaps. The boot give me stirrup control, yet don't lock me in. The CE approved steel toe (EN345) has been a blessing when training a young 1960 lb. Clydesdale Standardbred gelding who lost his left eye, tends to wing a bit in the front and be uncoordinated at times. I haven't felt him step on my toes, the few times he has, and it didn't mark the boots. Though I really did feel when he clipped my ankle, with the side of his front hoof. The removable insole allowed me to clean them and put another gel insole underneath to improve the fitting. The lining, except where it wore on the inside of the heel (from pulling them boots on and off) wore exceptionally well, and I don't notice the lining holding any odors like some of my boots. The sole doesn't track manure as much as some past barn boots and also isn't as slippery as many I have used. I have had other brands which caused me to slip enough to be a safety hazard, where I feared leading my horse in them because I might slip underneath my horse, or get dragged away. I used to always purchase lace paddock boots but these are so less time consuming to clean (around the laces)and put on, I am converted. I also read on page 77 of More How Your Horse Wants to Ride by Gincy Self Bucklin that the lace boots can cause a rider to have problems keeping heels down. I had this problem, even after breaking lace boots in and adjusting the laces looser, plus I often had chafing/bruising over the front of my ankle with lace boots. These boots have never felt too hot, as some other paddock boots have. They are comfortable for walking. I am giving them this rating because with some small improvements they could be perfect. If they are still available when I wear these out, I will purchase another pair.
Author: Petty Kash
Usefulness Rating: 2.375 out of 5.
8 reader(s) voted.
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