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Bareback Footwear Kentucky Jodhpur Riding Boots *H&H Approved*


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  • Kentucky Jodhpur Riding Boots

    Score

    10/10
    • Style:
      10/10
    • Fit:
      10/10
    • Durability:
      9/10
    • Performance:
      10/10
    • Value:
      9/10
    • Ease of use:
      10/10

    Pros

    • Laces allow adjustable fit
    • Easy to put on and take off
    • Comfortable
    • Stylish appearance

    Cons

    • Less traditional look – if that’s what you’re looking for

    Manufacturer:

    Bareback Footwear

    Price as reviewed:

    £129.00

    Bareback Footwear Kentucky boots

    As someone who is fairly traditional in my choice of footwear and has always tended towards wearing very simple plain jodhpur boots in the past, I did wonder whether the Kentucky Jodhpur Riding Boots from Bareback Footwear were going to suit me. With slim legs and small narrow feet, chunkier boots can leave my feet swimming around inside and have a tendency to make me resemble a golf club (!) when viewed from the side, however I was pleasantly surprised to see that this wasn’t the case here.

    I really like that the laces allow you to adjust the fit of the boots, which is ideal whether you have slim ankles like me or have been born with “a bit of bone”, while the clever zip and press stud on the side, make them quick and easy to take on and off once you’ve got the laces how you want them.

    Having had the top of my left foot “remodelled” by my horse around six months ago, I did initially find the left boot a little tight to slip on initially, but within two or three wears, the leather had softened enough that both boots now slip on and off easily. I was advised that if I found them a little tight to start with, the inner sole could be removed until the leather softened up – while that hasn’t been necessary, it was useful to know.

    I have found the boots are extremely comfortable to wear around the stable yard and while long-lining my horse and working him in-hand. My feet do not become sweaty in them and the tread gives a good level of grip across a variety of surfaces. While the pair I am testing are not the “waterproof” option (Kentucky Storm boots), I have not experienced damp feet after wearing the boots while walking through long wet grass to and from my horse’s turnout paddock, which was an issue in my previous pair of short boots.

    I have not tested the boots in the saddle, as I prefer to ride in long leather riding boots, but I have no reason to think they wouldn’t be suitable and comfortable for this use as well as as yard boots.

    I chose the Havana colour – these boots are also available in brown and navy – and I think they look really stylish.

    Verdict

    H&H Approved: I’m a huge fan of these boots – comfortable, stylish and up to the job. I would definitely recommend them to others.


    Who tested these jodhpur boots?

    Carol Phillips is Horse & Hound’s website editor, who has ridden since childhood. She has a seven-year-old Irish Sport Horse, who she exercises most days, including working him in-hand twice a week, with a weekly long-lining session as part of his ongoing fitness and rehab programme after being diagnosed with kissing spines, so her footwear will undergo a thorough test with many miles walked!

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