For rookie and seasoned equestrians alike, spending quality time at the barn is something we all look forward to. Preparing for different conditions (e.g. mud, cement aisles, sand arenas) and lots of time on your feet ensures the perfect day isn’t ruined by imperfect footwear.
If you’re tired of pinched toes, aching arches, and sore feet, it’s time to make a change. That’s why we’ve put together a quick guide to horse barn boots that won’t leave you flat-footed.
|Horse Barn Boots||Category||Summary|
|Ovation Moorland II Highrider||Best Tall Barn Boot||
|Twisted X All Around||Best for Tough Conditions||
|Ariat Fat Baby Heritage||Most Comfortable Short Boot||
|Ariat Heritage Lacer III||Best Paddock Boot||
|Bogs Classic Mid Waterproof Rain Boot||Best Waterproof Muck Boot||
Ovation Moorland II Highrider Boot
This boot features a durable, grippy, and shock-absorbing rubber sole. Plus, the suede upper looks very stylish paired with the oiled leather foot.
The zipper makes the HighRider easy to put on and take off (not that you’ll want to!), and this boot looks great with riding pants or jeans. Best of all, the foot is waterproof!
- Available in black and brown
- Durable and supportive rubber soles
- Roomy in the toes without looking bulky
- Not appropriate for upper-level competition
- More relaxed vs. form-fitting calf fit may, or may not, be your cup of tea
See why the Highrider made our list of the 5 Most Comfortable Tall Riding Boots.
Twisted X All Around
Twisted X is best known for their moccasins, but their All Around Boot is an unsung hero in the boot world. Durable-yet-comfy, you’ll feel right at home doing barn chores, riding, or running errands on your way home.
A thick rubber sole and toe guard protect your feet from all sorts of dangers, and the XSD composite shank stabilizes you on uneven ground.
With a moisture-wicking, machine washable, and antibacterial memory foam insole, you don’t have to worry about wearing out the inside of your boot before the outside.
They also have a safe heel for riding when you’re at the barn to work and play.
- Easy to maintain over time
- Durable-yet-comfortable rubber outsoles
- Heel is appropriate for riding
- Tends to fit on the small side, so size up
- Only available in distressed brown color
See why the Twisted X made our list of the 16 Best Cowboy Boots.
Ariat Fat Baby Heritage
For equestrians with wider feet, and those who simply prefer a more relaxed fit, the Ariat Fat Baby Heritage are perfect. They come in a wide variety of fun colors and patterns, and you won’t leave with sore feet at the end of the day.
Plus, Fat Baby fans rave these boots take virtually no time to break in.
- Looser fit in the foot and shaft
- 4LR support system cushions your feet
- Pick from many fun color combos
- Shorter shaft (8″) is between traditional paddock boots and tall riding boots
- Casual style that isn’t appropriate for most competitions
See why the Fat Baby made our list of the 12 Most Comfortable Cowboy Boots.
Ariat Heritage Lacer III
The Ariat Heritage Lacer III is a classical western-style paddock boot that’s suited to riding, working, and wearing around town. Want a more English look? Simply remove the fringed tongue.
- Leather upper and durable rubber sole hold up to time on the ground and in the saddle
- ATS technology ensures superior support and stabilization
- Pair with Ariat half chaps to ride with a tall boot look
- Lace up versus zipper (no back pull strap)
- Soles are suitable for barn and riding usage, but may not hold up as well in really tough terrain
See our detailed review of the Ariat Heritage Lacer III Paddock Boot.
Bogs Classic Mid Waterproof Boot
When it comes to muck boots, Bogs Classic Mid Waterproof Rain Boot is understandably popular. Waterproof, windproof, and super durable, these boots are built to survive less-than-ideal conditions.
- Waterproof with a neoprene upper and non-slip outer sole for slick surfaces
- Suitable for all seasons (down to minus 40F)
- Mid-calf height is lighter and cooler than tall muck boots
- Anti-fungal, odor-resistant, and removable sock liner
- Seam up the back of the ankle may rub depending your foot shape and boot size
- Size up if you plan to wear thick socks inside your muck boots
See why Bogs made our list of the 7 Best Muck Boots.
Bring on the Barn
Whether you’re grooming your horse, doing groundwork, riding, mucking stalls, or simply hanging out with your barn buddies, comfortable and durable footwear is critical. Bye bye, bad boots!
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