Gear Guide Tried & Tested

Short Yard Boots

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Our testers: These boots were worn for three months by people who spend a lot of time on yards. The stirrup-friendly designs were also ridden in.

The products

BOGS Amanda Plush
RRP
£100

BOGS Amanda Plush

Waterproof boots with shock-absorbing cushioning, pull-on handles and a faux-fur lining for warmth.

Sizes: 4–9

The verdict: Stylish boots that combine the practicality of wellies with the snug fit of laces.

“I really liked the look of the boots and I got plenty of compliments. They were true to size, very comfortable and had good grip. I found the handles a bit flimsy, so didn’t use them, but they were still easy to get on and off.”

Shires Moretta Vita
RRP
£99.99

Shires Moretta Vita

Quilted country-style boots with a waterproof membrane, side zips and all-terrain soles.

Sizes: 3–9

The verdict: Stylish boots that are equally at home in the mud or on the high street.

“Despite looking really smart, these boots held their own in muddy conditions. The sturdy soles were grippy and the zips meant they were easy to put on. For the price I’d prefer to be able to ride in them, but they fitted well and were comfortable.”

Aigle Parcours 2 Excellence Bottillon
RRP
£90

Aigle Parcours 2 Excellence Bottillon

Rubber ankle boots with a full-grain leather lining, heel cushioning system and tri-density sole.

Sizes: 37–47

The verdictA must-have for fans of traditional wellies who are looking for a shorter alternative.

“These sturdy boots were easy to slip on and the lining moulded to my foot, making them really comfy and warm. The opening is quite wide, so some mud did get flicked inside, but they stood up well to plenty of use and were really grippy.”

Mark Todd Kiwi
RRP
£84.99

Mark Todd Kiwi

Leather work boots with a shock-absorbing sole, waterproof membrane and antibacterial lining.

Sizes: 36–45

The verdict: Practical, workman-like boots that deliver exactly what they promise.

“They were really comfy, perfect for long days at the yard. I found them a little clumpy, but they offered great grip and were very breathable – my feet stayed warm, but didn’t get hot or clammy. Overall they did everything I’d expect from a yard boot.”

Horseware Rambo Original Turnout Short
RRP
£84.95

Horseware Rambo Original Turnout Short

Made from leather and ballistic nylon, these waterproof boots have extra-grip soles and elastic inserts.

Sizes: 36–45

The verdict: Eye-catching boots that are comfortable enough for all day at the yard.

“They were true to size, lightweight and very comfortable. My feet stayed warm and dry, and the zip made them easy to slip on. They still look smart, despite plenty of wear, and I like the colour combination.”

Grub’s Midline
RRP
£64

Grub’s Midline

Waterproof, insulated ankle boots with heel cushioning and a wicking lining.

Sizes: 4–8

The verdict: Tough, technical boots – perfect if you’re looking to stand out from the crowd.

“They were comfy, really warm and so grippy. The lining kept my feet dry, but I found the moisture did stay in the boot, so they sometimes needed to dry out overnight. However, I’d still recommend them to anybody wanting a tough yard boot.”

Woof Wear Short Yard
RRP
£46

Woof Wear Short Yard

A waterproof rubber foot with heavy-duty soles, fleece lining and arch supports.

Sizes: 39–46

The verdict: Warm, practical boots that do the job all year round.

“The single strap made the boots so easy to put on and I found the soles super-grippy, even when it was icy. The close fit meant I couldn’t wear thick socks with them, but my feet still stayed really warm. Brilliant value for a year-round footwear essential.”

Noble Outfitters Muds Stay Cool 6”
RRP
£49.95

Noble Outfitters Muds Stay Cool 6”

Neoprene-lined rubber boots with an anti-slip sole.

Sizes: 3.5–8.5

The verdict: Supportive ankle boots with a bright  pop of colour.

“I don’t know what I would have done without these boots this winter. They were warm, waterproof and very comfortable. Because of the length, they worked best with overtrousers. I love the splash of colour and think they offer value for money.”

Dublin Yardmaster Touch Tape
RRP
£47.99

Dublin Yardmaster Touch Tape

With a durable nylon upper and rubber foot, these boots have steel arch supports and padded ankles.

Sizes: 4–11

The verdict: Tough, sturdy boots that are built to  resist wear-and-tear.

“They were very warm, easy to keep clean and stood up well to lots of use. I wore a size smaller than usual and the soles could have been thicker, but the touch-tape straps stayed secure and made the boots easy to put on.”

Harry Hall Gunby Mucker
RRP
£35

Harry Hall Gunby Mucker

Fleece-lined boots with anti-slip soles, a waterproof membrane and reflective details.

Sizes: 1–8

The verdict: Ideal as an entry-level boot for typical chores around the yard.

“My feet stayed really warm and dry. The straps meant they were quick to put on but were quite short, so I found the top one sometimes came undone. The boots offer great value for money.”

HMK London Thermo Stable
RRP
£32.95

HKM London Thermo Stable

Waterproof to the ankle, these boots have a non-slip sole and fluffy fur lining.

Sizes: 36–42

The verdict: Warm and hard-wearing, perfect for yard visits on chilly days.

“The fluffy lining meant they were really cosy. However, even with the laces done right up, they were quite loose at the top. They’re good value and kept my feet perfectly dry.”

Mountain Horse Snowy River Lace
RRP
£159

Mountain Horse Snowy River Lace

Made from oily, full-grain leather, these waterproof boots have shock-absorbing soles, 200g insulation and a faux-fur lining.

Sizes: 36–46

The verdict: Tough, cosy boots that are fully prepared to take on wet, muddy conditions.

“Thick mud, puddles and snow were no match for these brilliant boots. They’re seriously warm and comfy – I walked and rode for miles with no breaking in, and the laces and high shafts offered a snug, supportive fit. I absolutely loved them.”

Ariat Barnyard Twin Gore H20
RRP
£134.99

Ariat Barnyard Twin Gore H2O

Robust leather boots with a waterproof membrane, stretch panels and reflective details.

Sizes: 3–8.5

The verdict: Smart, all-weather boots that do as well in the saddle as they do on the yard.

“They were fantastic whatever the weather, protecting my feet from muddy fields and snow, and keeping them toasty warm. The sizing was quite generous, but they were easy to put on and really versatile because I could ride in them.”

Hunter Wellesley
RRP
£125

Hunter Wellesley

Waterproof jodhpur boots handcrafted from a natural rubber that has anticorrosive properties.

Sizes: 3–9

The verdict: A warm, comfortable option for people with narrower feet.

“My feet were toasty warm, even in the snow, and they were comfortable for riding and walking. The opening is quite snug, so they’re probably best suited to people with narrow feet. Overall, I found they were hard-wearing, practical all-in-one boots.”

Tuffa Fjord
RRP
£99.99

Tuffa Fjord

Waterproof leather jodhpur boots with an antibacterial, breathable lining.

Sizes: 4–12

The verdict: Durable and practical, ideal for taking you from the yard to the saddle.

“My feet stayed warm and dry, and I found them easy to slip on and off. The sizing was generous, but fine with thick socks, and I really liked that I could do yard chores, then ride my horse. They still look great and are definitely built to last.”

Muck Boot Wear
RRP
£70

Muck Boot Wear

Durable rubber boots with a wide-cut heel base and Achilles reinforcement.

Sizes: 37–47

The verdict: Heavy-duty boots that are perfect if you suffer from frozen feet.

“These boots were so warm and breathable. The wide opening meant they were easy to slip on and off, but debris got inside. The chunky design made them quite heavy, but they were still really comfy.”

Toggie Kodiac
RRP
£57.50

Toggi Kodiac

Leather jodhpur boots with steel toe caps, anti-skid rubber soles and a breathable lining.

Sizes: 36–45

The verdict: Sturdy boots with protection as their primary function.

“They were great quality and really sturdy – my feet felt safe around my fidgety horse. They took a while to break in, but once they did they were really comfy. The sizing was generous, but this meant I could wear extra socks in cold weather.”

Steeds-Cross-Rider
RRP
£49.90

Steeds Cross Rider

Waterproof boots with a soft footbed, breathable lining, and reinforced toes and heels.

Sizes: 3–10.5

The verdict: Perfect for keeping you comfortable if you spend a lot of time on your feet.

“These boots were comfortable and kept my feet dry. I wore them for poo-picking and lots of walking, but didn’t like the fact my chaps didn’t fit over them for riding. The laces weren’t the quickest to do up, but stayed secure.”

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