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cowboy boots,,when riding a horse.

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by aficianado, May 20, 2013.

  1. May 20, 2013 at 2:22 PM
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    aficianado

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    didnt know where to put this thread.

    but i have a hunting scouting trip coming up in a few weeks. gonna take advantage and catch trout while i'm there.

    we hired a horse team to ride us in as far as we can go in a day with enough time for the cowboy to get back out in a reasonable time. from there we jump off the horses, put on our packs and walk the rest of the way. when done, we wall all the way out. it will be ugly.

    i am not a super-fan of horse riding. i do remember hiking boots in stirrups are foolish. thinking of buying cheap ropers, and letting the cowboy bring them back down for a $10 spot.

    think cowboy boots are a neccesity? or save the money?
     
  2. May 20, 2013 at 2:28 PM
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    Cowboy boots do sit much better in a stirrup, but you should be okay with hiking boots as long as they aren't huge width wise. Just make sure to keep the weight towards your heels and adjust the stirrups to the right length. You should be alright
     
  3. May 20, 2013 at 2:32 PM
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    I wouldn't say cowboy boots are a necessity but I would be careful with hiking boots and only keep your toe on the stirrup. If something happens and you need to get off quick iv seen hiking boots get stuck. Hate to see a horse take off running down the mountain with someone dragging on the side because their boots didn't slide out.
     
  4. May 20, 2013 at 2:55 PM
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  5. May 21, 2013 at 8:29 PM
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    Right tool for the job. If you're riding horses in, you can pack your hiking boots. Giving the guide some $$ to haul your cowboy (riding) boots out is a good idea IMO.
     
  6. May 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM
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    I don't like horses either, they are always trying something sneaky, and I can envision the hiking boots getting caught up in the stirrups.
     
  7. May 23, 2013 at 8:05 AM
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    Have busted quite a few steers out of the brush here in Florida while wearing large, steel-toed work boots. I have dismounted in a hurry with no problems getting hung up.

    The reason I wear the work boots is that there is a lot of work on the ground with getting the cows inoculated and run through the right chute. If one of those suckers steps on your toe wearing cowboy boots you are done for the day. Wearing steel-toed boots keeps me working.
     
  8. May 23, 2013 at 8:48 AM
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    I'd vote for having the guide pack the boots back out. Lug soles in a stirrup is just a bad idea.
     
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