Best Winter Yard boots suitable for riding 2020 updated review

Winter yard boots are all about practicality and warmth, if you have cold feet then the rest of you will feel cold all day.  Grip in different conditions – mud, wet and ice – is essential for yard chores and stable management –  winter yard boots have to manage on the yard and in the field plus you want to be able to hop on and ride without having to go through a complete wardrobe refresh.  Winter yard boots need to be very sturdy, durable, warm, waterproof and with a sole that provides grip in challenging conditions.  You also want them to look the part, be quick and easy to take on and off, simple to clean and, deliver when you are riding – that is quite a tall order!

Here is our guide to the best winter yard boots that are suitable for riding in to get you ready and equipped for what the season ahead has to offer.

HyLAND Waterford Winter Country Riding Boots

The HyLAND Waterford Winter Country Riding Boot is a very competitively priced boot that will allow you to combine all your yard duties and riding in supreme comfort and style.  Retailing at just under £100, this winter yard boot offers great value for money.  It is a lightweight boot which means it is comfortable to wear all day and won’t interfere with the feel of your leg against the horse’s side but is still robust enough to stand up to the worst of the winter weather.  Here are some of the boot’s features:-

  • Water repellent oiled leather which is durable and stays looking smart and is easy and quick to clean with just saddle soap and a sponge
  • Lined in Cambrill fabric which is breathable allowing your feet to remain comfortable and at the right temperature on milder winter days when you are working hard
  • A full-length YKK zip at the rear of the boot allowing for ease when taking the boots on and off, protecting the heels from endless tugging and harmful wear in boot jacks
  • Integrated stretch panels on the back of the calf allowing for thicker jodhpurs in really cold weather and freedom of movement and flexibility when you are riding
  • PU sole stitched for double strength
  • Anti-skid sole grip for those icy yards on winter mornings
  • A stylish design available in dark brown which is robust and practical enough for daily yard wear and riding. These boots are rugged enough for you not to worry about trashing them in winter field gateways but smart enough to match up with a pair of jeans for a day in town or some winter country sports

A stylish, practical and robust boot which is lightweight and comfortable to wear. Designed in water repellent oiled leather, these boots will keep you dry in all weathers. Lined in technical Cambrill fabric for added comfort, to allow the feet to breath when you’re working hard. A full length YKK zip at the rear of the boot, ensures the boots are quick and easy to remove with integrated stretch panels on the back of the calf for comfort and freedom of movement whilst riding. The PU sole is stitched for double strength and features anti-skid grip for those icy wintry mornings on the yard. This attractive boot is perfect for riding, course-walking or just enjoying the countryside.

Ariat Coniston Pro GTX Insulated boots

Anything that comes from the Ariat stable is bound to be stylish but you will need to push the boat out when it comes to budget as these generally retail at around the £350 mark.  However, the Ariat Coniston Pro GTX insulated boot is a big hitter when it comes to style, comfort and performance and definitely a premium country boot for all weathers and all activities.  The boots’ features include:-

  • The finest waterproof full-grain leather
  • A GORE-TEX waterproof and breathable membrane to help keep your feet at the correct temperature regardless of the weather or if you are standing around or riding, with Agion technology for some serious odour control
  • A 3M Thinsulate wadding which is the technology used for riding gloves and which provides exceptional warmth
  • A full-length YKK zip at the rear of the boot which makes them easy to take on and off
  • A stylish front lacing system which is not just decorative but will allow you to adjust the fit of the boot all the way down the calf to accommodate different types of trousers and jodhpurs
  • A Durtread outsole which is a manufacturing technology unique to Ariat and which is marketed as stirrup friendly and tackles the thorny issue of finding a winter yard boot with enough grip and stability for field and yard duties but which will not get caught on the stirrup tread when you are riding. This sole offers supreme cushioned comfort for all-day wear
  • A full-length polyurethane foot bed provides cushioned support for hard-working feet on the go all day with an extra-wide cushioned gel footpad which disperses pressure and supports all of the foot
  • An attractive and shaped slightly rounded toe which makes the boot slimline for riding and avoids the bulky look and cumbersome feel of many winter yard boots
  • A Smart Rebound heel pad designed to cushion and absorb shock
  • Available in one colour, an attractive Ebony Brown with stylish lighter brown tops and inset around the lacing means these boots are perfectly stylish for town wear as they are hard-working partners in the countryside

Brogini Winchester lace-up country boots

From Brogini a name which has become synonymous with style, fit and competitive pricing, the Brogini Winchester lace-up country boot is a shade over £100 and is a versatile winter yard boot but with quite a wide calf style which will suit some people but not others.  Brogini have positioned their lace-up country boots to provide the perfect transition from a country boot to a riding boot and have a really solid reputation in the equestrian marketplace as a manufacturer of quality equestrian products.  Here are the key design points:-

  • Full leather with suede up the leg
  • The Winchester is intentionally two inches taller than Brogini’s standard country boot so the top doesn’t catch on the bottom of the saddle flap
  • There is an elongated leather pad on the inside of the boot to give you the feel against the horse that you would expect from a standard pair of leather riding boots
  • The laces on the Winchester are to the side rather than the front to avoid entanglement yet still allowing you to adjust the width to suit your choice of legwear and socks
  • Both the foot and the ankle are lined with a breathable waterproof membrane and perspiration control lining to help thermal regulation when you become hotter either mucking out or riding and to avoid them becoming damp and then cold when you are standing around
  • A robust ridged sole and heel offer plenty of grip on challenging surfaces but there is sufficient shape and styling to the boot to allow for all-day comfort
  • Available in a fashionable mid-brown colour with two choices of calf fitting

Dublin River Grain boots II

A boot that sits in the middle of the market price-wise, Dublin is a brand tried and trusted by equestrians and which needs no introduction.  These boots come in a modest sizing so Dublin recommends that if you are between sizes that you choose the larger size particularly as winter yard boots tend to be worn with long, thicker socks.

  • Full-grain leather
  • Breathable nylon lignin suitable for wear all year round not just in the winter
  • Waterproof booty lining keeps feet dry and at an ambient temperature whatever the weather
  • RCS footbed with a double cushioned layer and heel support for optimum comfort
  • Positive traction grip rubber outer sole
  • The River Grain boot comes in a beautiful red-brown shade with all the natural variations and tone of real leather or solid black
  • Easy to clean

Muck Boot Unisex Colt Ryder Tall boots

From the Original Muck Boot company, the Unisex Colt Ryder Tall boot is marketed as a riding boot first and foremost that can also double up as a yard boot which is a more unusual positioning in the market as it’s usually the other way around.  Pricing is on a par with Brogini and HyLAND but interestingly, this boot does look more like a universal boot rather than a riding boot.  Key features include:-

  • A Taller stretch topline keeps the cold at bay whilst the fully lined air mesh liner with 5mm neoprene ensures that air can still circulate on milder days as this is both flexible and breathable
  • 100% waterproof
  • A reflective pull-on tab design which is easy to fit and stretches comfortably over the calf making these boots super quick and easy to take on and off
  • Durable rubber outsole which is designed for both riding and wear on firmer surfaces when on the ground
  • Reinforced arch support
  • 5mm CR flex-foam which adjusts to the unique contours of your foot creating a base which is both comfortable and stable and is also chafe resistant
  • Wide-cut heel
  • Steel shank for structural support
  • Designed for temperatures ranging from 0C to 30C
  • Available in black only

Toggi Winnipeg Riding Boots

The Toggi Winnipeg riding boots are marketed as a riding boot but can comfortably double up for wear around the yard as a winter yard boot and also out in the countryside.  It is one of the most affordable multi-purpose boots on the market and works really well for those who may be spending more time riding than on the yard.

  • Fully waterproof with a leather and canvas upper
  • The Toggi Winnipeg features an anatomically moulded footbed with a shock-absorbing insole which make these boots ideal for those who are on their feet all day long
  • A Puratex waterproof and breathable membrane regulates the temperature of your feet as the conditions change ensuring that feet are always warm, dry and comfortable
  • A Cushioned insole with gel foam which can be replaced
  • An elasticated side gusset for an easy fit with a strap and buckle which makes these boots easy to put on and fully adjustable when they are on
  • An all-terrain thermo rubber outsole with a durable dual sole unit which is abrasion-resistant and offers premier shock absorbing abilities and a supremely secure grip
  • Shock absorbing PU midsole

A winter yard boot is one of the most critical pieces of kit for the equestrian enthusiasts’ wardrobe but it can be a tall order to find the perfect yard and riding boot winter combo.  These will be boots which you wear all day long and which have to combat rain, ice and snow, working hard in the field, on the yard and in the saddle.  They must also be comfortable to walk around in for hours and easy to care for.  Durability and practicality are essential but comfort, warmth, usability and price are the key drivers for most equestrian purchasers.

Top Tips

  • Think carefully about how much tread you want on the sole and how wide the foot is – both can impact on how your foot sits in the stirrup
  • A wider more rigid boot may offer support for hours of yard work but a slimmer more shaped design might better suit riding and your contact with the horse’s side – this is a question of personal preference so do try different styles before you buy
  • Unless you split your days evenly between riding and time spent on the ground, you probably do one more than the other so aim your choice of winter yard boot to the activity which you do more of
  • Read verified reviews, decent websites will only publish reviews from genuine customers. Finding out how boots perform in action can help you make the right decision for your lifestyle and budget