My current boots are the Mountain Horse High Rider ones. They look like this:
Or, I should say, looked like that. They're pretty beat up and the sole has started to seperate from the boot. After 5 years, though, I'm pretty impressed. Especially as I wore them to the barn every winter and did stalls in them as well. Sadly, they don't make them anymore so I need to look elsewhere.
Since I do have a pair of nice tall boots for showing, my new boots don't need to be super fancy or show worthy. I'd like them to be respectable enough for clinics and lessons. I won't kid myself and think I'll find another pair I can beat up as much as the last, but they do need to be comfortable enough to walk in or do chores in the odd time I forget my 'barn boots'. I'd prefer tall boots to paddock boots and half chaps.
I'm considering these:
|Ovation Aeros |
Next up, helmets:
I had the Tipperary Sportage one, and I have to say the shape wasn't quite right. I LOVED how light and airy it was, particularly in the summer, but it wasn't very comfortable.
My other helmet that got trashed was the Troxel Reliance. I like the price point (about $150) and the style - it's fine for schooling and I used it for a local show or two as well. It's also comfy! But it is baking hot and horrible to wear in the summer.