How To Custom Fit Your Horse Riding Boots

How To Custom Fit Your Horse Riding Boots



[Applause] this is horse-girl TV and I'm Angela raka if you want to go jogging you need running shoes if you want to go play tennis you need tennis shoes if you'd like to go hiking you need hiking shoes so it's quite obvious if you want to go riding you need good quality riding boots and who better to talk to about that then someone who's been involved with it his entire life we're here today to talk with Jeff Kepler of Dana Jeff you've been with a nurse since 19 1964 okay Wow Wow CEO boots yes okay we had tons of questions for you now maybe you can get so in depth about boots but I actually have a horse female question I thought we could just cover as an entire episode thinking Cathy from where he writes him says howdy horse girl there are no custom boot fittings in my area can't I do it myself if so how you're the best thanks cat so I thought if you're okay we could just dive into what it is to do nice to live in here yeah it's so it's really easy iris and tell people that it's not rocket science I guess I've been doing it since I was eight anybody anybody so what we're going to get started you get your britches on it's always best to take measurements over the bridges and about what you're going to wear because you know some people have corduroy tight britches full seat breeches and everything all the bridges are a little bit different let's take the guesswork out of it for us that's always the Miss okay good getting the measurements right is critical for a great fitting boot before measuring figure out what kind of boot you want and how you want to use them ask yourself a couple questions do you do most of your riding in the morning or evening do your measuring during that time dear feet retain water during any particular time of the month if so please measure your feet accordingly do you have any foot problems like bunions swelling corns calluses are any bones in the foot or ankle that have been broken in the past please let your boot maker know about this do not measure yourself whenever possible always have a friend or family member measure for you as this will produce much more accurate results it's also preferable to take the measurements over breeches and socks that will be worn while wearing the boots if you must measure over bare legs please make sure and let your boot maker know while standing traced each foot outline on the form with an equal weight on both feet be sure to hold the pen or pencil perpendicular to the paper or tracing won't be accurate take the next four measurements while sitting with your legs crossed and your foot relaxed measure the ball of the foot from the big toe joint over the little toe joint with a tape measure pull tape snug but not too tight and measure to the nearest eighth of an inch next is the waist measurement it's the narrowest part behind the ball of the foot now measure your instep this is the highest point of the top of the foot slide your finger along the outside of the foot until you come to a small bone that sticks out wrap the tape around the foot at that point and record the measurement the heel measurement is taken diagonally at the widest point from the back of the foot to where the front of the leg meets the top of the foot make sure the sock is not bunched up the calf measurement is taken at the widest point of the calf slide the tape up and down to find this spot to measure the boot top with your fingers find the point on the inside where the knee bone comes out with the leg held straight up and down wrap the tape under the bone and straight across measure the boot height with the tape from the point under the knee bone hold the tape in place the top and bring it down to the floor avoiding a sagging or drooping tapes then add at least one and a quarter inch to this measurement to take care of any wrinkling in the ankle a cuff lining might require more a dressage lining might need less just remember little things that you might think are not important it could be very important to a boot maker be especially careful in filling out the shoe size height and weight boxes these are helpful for double-checking the measurements so that's about all there is to it if you have any questions you can always contact your boot maker and you can contact Dehner through their website at dana comm well I think that about covers it for how to properly fit boots thanks for tuning in and we'll see you next time

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