Best jodhpur boots for riders: Horse & Hound’s testers rank their favourites

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  • The best short riding boots for riders – or jodhpur boots as they are commonly know – need to be comfortable to wear while doing tasks around the yard and while in the saddle. It’s also important that they are hard wearing and robust enough to be worn all-day long. The typical jodhpur boot has elasticated side panels and either a zip or laces to the front, although a range of different designs including rear zip and dual front zips are now available.

    Many companies produce matching sets of half chaps to be worn with short boots, while some riders prefer to mix and match brands to suit their requirements. The combination of half chaps with short boots typically provides more flexibility to the rider in the ankle area and avoids the need to ‘break in‘ long riding boots.

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    Horse & Hound has been working with a number of professional riders, trainers and yards to put a range of products to the test in a busy yard environment. And here are the results…

    Meet the product testers

    The short riding boots in this group test were trialled by Jo Rimmer. Jo is a former school teacher, who has produced a number of horses up to CCI5* level. She now combines competing with producing young horses and training riders of all ages. She is based at Fontmell Parva, Dorset, alongside her 16-year-old daughter Jess. The yard has a reputation for high standards (horses) and high spirits (staff).

    Horse & Hound’s pick of the best jodhpur boots for riders

    * BEST IN TEST *

    Tredstep Medici Front Zip short riding boots

    RRP: £139.99

    Tredstep Medici Front Zip short boots review“These boots were very comfortable and hard-wearing to use all day long, but were also very stylish to wear on smart occasions. There were very easy to clean and to look after and the colour didn’t fade at all after multiple cleanings. I was also very impressed at how watertight they were. They gave me 100% comfort without being flimsy. They are both practical around the yard while also being very smart for showjumping, dressage and eventing competitions as well as hunting.”

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    * BEST VALUE *

    Brogini Tivoli Zipped Boots

    RRP: £45

    Brogini Tivoli Zipped Boots review“I really liked the style of these boots, which reminded me of a very popular brand but with a much smaller price tag. They were really comfy from the moment I tried them on and I like the single zip.They didn’t take long at all to wear in, had a good fit and didn’t rub anywhere. I also found that they worked really well under any type of half chaps. They were secure and comfortable in the stirrups as well as being sturdy while wearing around the yard. I have worn them all day nearly everyday and they have needed minimal looking after.”

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    Ariat Kendron Pro Paddock boots

    RRP: £170

    Ariat Kendron Pro Paddock boots review“These boots were very comfortable as the combination of the soft sole and the flexible leather meant they didn’t need any wearing in and they lasted well. I was a bit unsure at first about the two zips, but it made them stylish and they were as quick to take on and off as a one zip would be. I really like how comfortable they are from the off and yet they still tough enough to do the job. They are quite expensive though.”

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    Dublin Evolution Double Zip Front Paddock Boots

    RRP: £79.99

    Dublin Evolution Double Zip Front Paddock Boots review“These proved to be a smart pair of boots that stood up to hard everyday use well. I did find the leather quite hard to start with, but once they had been worn a few times, they broke in and were comfortable to wear. I found the double zip fitted more comfortably than a traditionally-designed single fastening would. They remained waterproof throughout the test period and kept my feet warm on the colder mornings. I thought they were great value.”

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    Felix Bühler Paddock Boots Venezia

    RRP: £119.90

    Felix Bühler Paddock Boots Venezia review“These boots look so smart and sophisticated. I felt that they could definitely be worn at the smartest events when the rider wants to look their best. These were really comfortable, especially in the sole. They were flexible and didn’t need any wearing in. They also fitted really nicely. I did find that the laces mean they take up some time to put on, but once on they were great. They were really stylish when walking around at events. I thought they were almost too smart to use a simple yard boot.”

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    Premier Equine Balmoral Leather Paddock/Riding Boots

    RRP: £59.99

    Premier Equine Balmoral Boots review“These boots looked smart with a lovely fit and were comfortable to wear everyday. They had a really good padded ankle and cushioned sole at the back that made them comfortable to wear without affecting my movement off the horse or my feeling when on the horse. They fitted really well and didn’t rub at all. They worked well with the Premier Equine half chaps, but I think the colour might be difficult to match with a different brand of half chap.”

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