Choosing your Child’s Jodhpur Boots!

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Choosing your child’s show boots can be a tricky task. They need to be comfortable, smart, easy­ to slip on and off, high quality and not forgetting they need to be fashionable! The rules of the British Show Pony Society state that children can wear top boots or jodhpur boots during showing competitions. However, most young riders prefer to wear jodhpur boots; they are ideal for both competitions and everyday use. Their flexibility provides ease around the yard and the ability to move the ankle freely while out riding.

Why it’s important for children to wear the correct shoes:

According to Clarks, four million children are wearing the wrong-size shoes. Wearing a shoe that is too big or too small can lead to debilitating problems. We could, unknowingly, be condemning our children to a lifetime of problems.

It is easy to think we continually hear time and again how important it is to buy correctly fitting shoes, but many often don’t realise how important this advice can be. Ill-fitting shoes can lead to not only blisters, pressure sores and in-growing toe nails, but to more long-term problems such as knee and posture problems. Children’s feet can take up to 18 years for the foot’s bones, muscles and ligaments to harden into adult form. It is therefore imperative that young and older children have shoes that fit them correctly, especially when wearing boots all day around the yard and out riding.

Cost is an important factor when buying shoes. I’m sure many of us have bought a pair of shoes hoping our child “will soon grow into them.” The rise of cheaper shoes, sold without expert advice and proper fitting has also had an impact on how well our shoes fit. Sometimes picking up a pair of cheap shoes we believe will fit is simply more convenient. You can pay the cost for cheap shoes though, especially when it comes to jodhpur boots. Many will fall apart or break, which often means buying a few pairs of the same boot – something that need not be a concern when buying a boot that is made from quality leather.

We appreciate how important the correct jodhpur boot can be, but we also know it is just as important that we adhere to the latest fashion trends. Hampton, designed by Taurus Footwear, incorporates everything that a jodhpur boot should. Made from quality leather, they are durable, easy to take on and off, smart, comfortable and fashionable. They are available in a number of colours, including the popular Oxblood. Taurus Footwear also has a very descriptive size guide on their website and has a great customer service department who are keen to advice on any of their footwear, making it even easier to find the correct fitting show boot for your child.

All Taurus boots are available to order direct from www.taurusfootwear.co.uk. Or call 01328 851432.

Honing your Jumping Position

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By Taurus Footwear-sponsored rider, instructor and showjumper, Michaela Huntington

We have introduced a new series of mini-articles to help customers get the best out of their riding! Here, we discuss the riding position that is most suitable for jumping fences.

The jumping position -

  1. For jumping, your stirrups need to be short enough so that you can comfortably get your seat out of the saddle. This position helps to allow the horse to bascule (create an arc) through your legs.
  2. Lean your upper body forwards a little.
  3. Look ahead to where you are going.
  4. Move your hands a little up the horse’s neck to allow him freedom (he will be unable to jump correctly if you hinder him by not giving enough with your hands, or get out of balance with him).
  5. Your heels must stay down to ‘anchor’ your leg, and you need to have a bend in the knee.
  6. The Savanna boot is ideal for jumping enthusiasts; it is flexible enough to allow the knee to bend and will not ‘catch’ the rider in the back of the knee.
  7. Try to keep your lower leg position the same and not allow it to drift backwards.

Achieving a secure lower leg position when jumping

A common mistake is to allow your lower leg to swing too far back, inadvertently encouraging your horse to speed up; keep the weight into your stirrups with your heels well down. Familiarise yourself by practising your forward position without stirrups – get it right whilst in halt, learning to hold the position for a while and maintain your balance until it is comfortable. Next, progress to walk, trot and canter if it is safe to do so! To avoid taking up the jumping position too early on the approach to a fence, or too late, learn to count your strides into each fence. A good trick is to try this when you are walking along a pavement or going up an escalator – it helps develop your eye for a particular point, when you are moving!

To see a range of articles, videos and reviews concerning equestrian and countryside matters, visit http://www.horseandcountryside.com

Taurus Rider Jemima is Back with a Bang for the 2015 Season!

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Talented young event rider Jemima Gray is a brand ambassador for Taurus Footwear and we will be continuing our support of Jemima for the 2015 season. We are thrilled to share with you the latest update from Jemima, on her horses, exploits on the hunting field and her brand new project pony!

Jemima is a big fan of Taurus Footwear competing, training and working in Taurus Footwear Boots including the Lancer Long Boot, the Kentucky Jodhpur Boot and the Holkham Country Boot.  To find out more ​about the fabulous range of equestrian leather footwear from Taurus Footwear including the boots selected by eventer Jemima Gray visit the website www.taurusfootwear.co.uk 

Jemima says…

“We’re finally nearing the start of the 2015 eventing season and I couldn’t be happier to get away from the rain, mud and freezing temperatures winter has brought us! Without a yard or arena, it has definitely been a struggle but full of amazing experiences. I had my first drag hunting season on a borrowed horse – Timmy – which couldn’t have been more enjoyable. The adrenalin rush was huge, some highlights included: Managing to fall off at the same fence and time as Victoria Pannizon and at least ten other riders on Christmas Eve, jumping huge hedges and relentlessly galloping across the countryside with my friends in pursuit of a pack of hounds.  If you ever need something to look forward to over the winter than I would definitely recommend drag hunting, some of the most fun I’ve ever had!

Murphy and I have been working with my trainer, Bruce Haskell, and although there is still a long way to go, we are much more confident as a partnership and I’ve had a lot of fun hacking and schooling him. Our dressage has really improved and I feel we are so much stronger than last season.

Foxy has enjoyed teaching a couple of younger riders, really showing his experience, and hacking and competing with me. Sadly we are now looking for a new home for him as three horses is too much just for me, especially with our limited facilities, and also with my AS Levels looming…

But exciting announcement, I have a new pony! We picked him up last Saturday on the way back from Junior Training at Aston le Walls. Bug is a 6 year old 14.2hh who is very inexperienced and has never competed before. As my first project we will see what happens, but he has such an awesome jump and attitude. I’m very excited about him and he is proving to be a complete star so far, fingers crossed!

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With Murphy, our first event of the season will be at Aston le Walls at the beginning of March and then Swalcliffe a week later. We will see how he goes but the idea is to move up to CIC* and possibly Intermediate towards the end of the season – however horses are never straightforward and ultimately plans change!

I have lived in my Taurus Footwear Holkham Country Boots this winter, brilliant for the wet and cold, especially with their thick slip – free soles. I use my Taurus Kentucky Short Boots for training and hacking and my Taurus Lancer Long Boots have had an eventful time on the hunting field! Thank you to Taurus for their continued support and let’s hope for a successful 2015!”

 

Taurus Leather Gaiters Feature in Horse & Rider Magazine!

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As pictured here in Horse & Rider Magazine the Taurus Leather Gaiters are super smart and stylish. Manufactured from soft, calf Aniline Leather with soft Amara lining and an elasticated rear panel to ensure optimum flexibility and a streamlined fit, creating a comfortable, affordable and robust alternative to long boots.

The Brown Leather Gaiters can be perfectly paired with the brown Classic Jodhpur Boot illustrated here in Horse & Rider Magazine!

The Classic Boot is exactly what is says on the tin – a timeless jodhpur boot ideal for competition or riding at home. Based on the original elegant and chic style of the existing Taurus Classic boot but now with new, improved materials and components. Manufactured from soft, quality calf leather with a hardwearing, non-slip rubber sole for durability and grip when riding. Supremely comfortable, the Taurus Classic is ideal for busy equestrians on their feet all day with Cambrelle lining and a soft and cosy padded insole.

To find out more or order today visit the website www.taurusfootwear.co.uk or Tel: 01328 851 432 to speak to a member of our friendly team!

Taurus Footwear BIG Sale!

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For 2015 Taurus are freshening things up; we are really excited about our new products to come, like are fabulous Leather Gaiters which have already hit the Taurus shelves but though we will be sad to see some of our favourite footwear discontinued it does mean now is the time to snap up a bargain!

We have been listing our discounted prices on our Facebook page but here we have it; our sale items listed in full below! Get shopping guys for some fabulous footwear at unbeatable prices!

Discontinued styles:  limited stocks and only available while current stocks last! 

  • The robust and functional Atlas Boot ideal for walking and yard tasks is down from original price of £59.95 to just £29.45 for sizes 4 to 12 and only £24.95 for size 3!
  • The Classic Jodhpur Boot is going to be offered in a NEW style going forwards to the Classic Original is available in Adults sizes in both Black and Brown from size 7 to 12 now £24.95 reduced from the original price of £33.95! These have been flying off the shelves so get in there quick- the only size 8 we have left is the Classic Brown – but it is now just £18.95 for the size 8 only clearance price!
  • The stunning Gaucho Long Boot, perfect for dog walking, working on the land, course walking at equestrian events is now down from £133.95 to just £95.95- a bargain price for a long, leather country boot
  • The cosy Husky is now only available in size 8 only for just £24.95 to clear last remaining pairs. This lovely boot was originally £74.95!
  • The Pegasus Boot is super smart and perfect for riding – black and brown in sizes 3 to 12 – originally priced at £49.95 now reduced to clear at £24.95- bargain!
  • The innovative Rutland Boot which offers a unique feature As the moulded ‘Air system’ rubber sole unit channels moisture away from the sole of the foot out through a vent in the heel! On offer now in Black only and available in sizes 4 to 8 – price was £74.95, now a bargain price of £24.95 to clear!
  • The Waterbuffalo Paddock Boot can be snapped up in Black in sizes 8, 9 and 11 or Tobacco colour in size 8 only for only £18.95!

Ongoing Styles Sale

We are also offering two of our styles which will be on-going on sale as part of our winter sale.

The Ranger –an ongoing style, is being offered with 30% off and a retail price of just £34.95 for a limited period over this winter to help keep all our Taurus customers warm and protected from the elements this season!

And finally

The Amara Half Chaps in both Black and Brown – children’s half chaps in four sizes (6, 8, 10 and 12) are now just £13.95 down from £14.95!

Happy Shopping everyone! Visit the website now at www.taurusfootwear.co.uk Remember FREE standard delivery for online orders!

Kathy Carter Reviews the Holkham Boots!

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Kathy Carter recently ordered the Holkham Rider boots – here’s her verdict:

Kathy says… “I wanted the Holkham Riders initially, as I was taking part in a hunt clinic and anticipated that I would be doing some walking in muddy conditions as well as riding. I am pleased to report that they were immediately comfortable, like wearing a favourite pair of trainers, and that on the day I walked quite a lot in them, and was delighted.
They are also very warm to ride in, no cold toes, and very easy to clean afterwards! I have worn them extensively since that first outing, for yard work, schooling, hacking, as well as shopping and the school run, and am very pleased with their versatility. Here’s a picture of my horse Badger and I at the hunt clinic where they were christened.”

To find out more ​about the fabulous range of equestrian leather footwear including the Holham Rider Boots from Taurus Footwear visit the website www.taurusfootwear.co.uk
Priced at £189.95 and available in sizes 4-8.

Meet our Brand New Ambassador Rider Mari Durward-Akhurst in our very First Blog from Her!

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Taurus Footwear are proud to present our first blog from our new ambassador rider Mari Durward-Akhurst.

Let’s hear from Mari…

“Hi my name is Mari Durward-Akhurst. I am a 20 year old Para Dressage Rider on the Para Squad of the British Equestrian Federation Excel Talent Programme. I am based in Buckinghamshire and trained by Linsay White. I have my present competition horse Sky O’Hara on loan. I have recently purchased a new horse known as L.Bear who is definitely one for the future and I am really excited about working on our partnership as we move forwards.

New for 2015 I am going to be an ambassador rider for Taurus Footwear and I am delighted to be working with them. I have never been able to wear long boots because of the lack of mobility I have in my ankles, but with Lancer Boots I am now able to ride in long boots and they have helped me so much as they are heavier than boots and chaps, it allows me to have more sense of where my feet are in the stirrups, so I can push my feet down and this has given me a better leg position. They are also super smart and comfy!

Over Xmas Sky got to have a bit of a break break from schooling and spent time on the gallops and being lunged. As he is older it’s important to keep him supple and his brain engaged. L Bear got to live out 24/ 7 just coming into Sky’s stable in the morning to be out of the mud! Now into the New Year my horses are back to working hard as the Summer Para Dressage Championships qualifiers have just started and I recently took Sky to Patchetts, a well know Dressage venue in the South East. We did two really good tests and I was really pleased with him; we came 1st and 2nd.

I aim to try and have a lesson on both horses once a week but as money is short this is not always possible. Leading up to the last competition I was having a lesson on Sky every week but now that we have a short break I am concentrating on having my lessons on my young horse Bear and will seek help where and when I need it with Sky.

I try and ride Bear often and make sure that I personally lunge him every week. This is a good bonding time for both of us and allows him to get used to my voice, it helps to improve the respect we have for each other. I would really suggest that if you are able to you try and lunge your horse as often as possible. If you have a tricky horse and you aren’t always able to ride then why not lunge them? You can ride them on the floor as if you are on them and it will improve your confidence as well as theirs.

Top tips for this month:

  • Make sure your horses have got plenty of water; I have found that they can drink more in this weather and always make sure that water drinkers, water buckets indoors and outdoors are not frozen.
  • If your horse lives out and they do not have much grass provide them with some hay or haylage in the field to ensure their fibre requirement is met each day.
  • Make sure your horses are warm enough with ample waterproof rugs. You can check your horse’s temperature by using a thermometer if you are particularly concerned or quickly check this by feeling at the base of the ear, or at the elbow joint/under their arm pits!
  • Ride in all weather conditions to keep your horse’s and yourselves fit and healthy but only if it is safe to do so. Riding on a frozen surface or slippy ground is simply not worth the risk! It can be hard to motivate yourself but do ride on rainy days as if the snow or ice does stop play during January and February you will be glad your equine didn’t miss out on work on wet days.
  • Variety of work is key to a happy horse. I always try to ensure both Sky and Bear hack, school and lunge to keep them mentally engaged and positive about their work.

Until next time, A HAPPY NEW YEAR and all the best for 2015 from Mari, Sky and Bear!”

Mari wears the Taurus Lancer Boots, the stylish long boots are manufactured from quality black full-grain calf leather. Featuring elasticated front lacing and covered elasticated rear panel for improved fit. High quality rear zip with rolled edges and an elasticated top strap with press stud fastener.

The Dermo dry padded lining for added comfort has a special anti-bacteria treatment which absorbs humidity away from the skin and provides a fresh and dry touch which is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The non-slip rubber riding sole has been designed especially for good grip in the stirrup! To purchase your pair of Lancer Boots today or see the wide range of equestrian and country lifestyle footwear from Taurus Footwear visit www.taurusfootwear.co.uk 

A Look at Hunting with Taurus Footwear’s Micheala Huntington

 

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With the Christmas holiday period almost upon of us, many horse owners and riders will be taking the opportunity of more time with their equines to go hunting. Therefore in our latest blog we take a look at hunting with hounds with Taurus Footwear’s very own Micheala Huntington in her recent article published by EQ Life.

Micheaela, show jumper, trainer and instructor and Taurus Footwear advocate says…

“It’s hunting season again. The age-old traditional discipline of hunting has of course much changed and diversified since the Hunting Act 2004, which banned fox hunting as of February 2005; however, I find that the discipline still brings many an exciting opportunity to ride horses out with hounds, following scent over a variety of terrain. It is a great experience for horses, whatever their age or discipline.

According to the Masters of FoxHounds Association, there is an old adage that says, “some people ride to hunt, others hunt to ride”. They evocatively state that: “Certainly the thrill of galloping over the countryside on a fine horse, who meets his fences well, is a thrill for anyone. Also, the sight of a pack of hounds in full cry is breathtaking. Today’s hunters have a special reward, the permission to ride over private and public land which still constitutes magnificent open spaces. No group of individuals is more aware of this privilege, nor is there a group more outspoken in their desire to protect quarry and preserve their environment. It is enjoyed by people from all walks of life and any age. It is a wonderful recreation for the whole family that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.”

My advice-

  1. Ring your local hunt secretary for advice about your first visit, if you are not a subscriber to a particular hunt. They will tell you all about the meeting venue, dress code, parking and payment (or ‘cap’).
  2. Once at the hunt, make a note to identify the master and say good morning, and good night once you are leaving. Etiquette is everything, as we all know – although hunts are much more relaxed and inclusive these days.
  3. Always call the canines ‘hounds’, not dogs. It would be a real rookie mistake to get this wrong!
  4. Always shut gates if you are the last through, unless told otherwise. Practise opening and shutting them at home beforehand!
  5. Wrap up warm and enjoy yourself. Hunting days can be long so make sure you are prepared for the elements. But don’t fret about the rights and wrongs – it is about having fun, after all.

What should you wear?

Adults tend to wear black or navy coats, or tweed, with smart, beige-coloured (not white!) breeches and plain long boots. From Taurus Footwear’s footwear range, the Lancer or Caballero long boots are perhaps the most suitable boots for the main hunting season – see www.taurusfootwear.co.uk . For neckwear during the main hunting season, a white or cream stock, properly tied and secured with a plain pin, is advised. Ladies’ hair is secured, and body protectors are allowed, preferably under your jacket, rather than over it. Your horse’s numnah should be dark and should follow the shape of the saddle; put a red ribbon in a kicker’s tail!

Useful websites

Essex-based Michaela Huntington is sponsored by  Taurus Footwear, who produce competitively-priced, high-quality leather equestrian footwear for all ages, sizes and disciplines. Personal favourites of Michaela are the Lancer Long Boots for competing and the Colorado Boots for yard work. She also loves her Kentucky Jodhpur Boots for everyday riding at home! To see the full range available why not visit the website today at www.taurusfootwear.co.uk 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For many of us horse owners and riders the Christmas holidays spell for trips out hunting in the countryside, so in our latest blog Taurus Footwear rider Michaela Huntington takes a look at hunting with hounds as taken from a recent article published in EQ Life Magazine.

Michaela says…

“It’s hunting season again. The age-old traditional discipline of hunting has of course much changed and diversified since the Hunting Act 2004, which banned fox hunting as of February 2005; however, I find that the discipline still brings many an exciting opportunity to ride horses out with hounds, following scent over a variety of terrain. It is a great experience for horses, whatever their age or discipline.

According to the Masters of FoxHounds Association, there is an old adage that says, “some people ride to hunt, others hunt to ride”.

They evocatively state that: “Certainly the thrill of galloping over the countryside on a fine horse, who meets his fences well, is a thrill for anyone. Also, the sight of a pack of hounds in full cry is breathtaking. Today’s hunters have a special reward, the permission to ride over private and public land which still constitutes magnificent open spaces. No group of individuals is more aware of this privilege, nor is there a group more outspoken in their desire to protect quarry and preserve their environment. It is enjoyed by people from all walks of life and any age. It is a wonderful recreation for the whole family that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.”

My advice-

  1. Ring your local hunt secretary for advice about your first visit, if you are not a subscriber to a particular hunt. They will tell you all about the meeting venue, dress code, parking and payment (or ‘cap’).
  2. Once at the hunt, make a note to identify the master and say good morning, and good night once you are leaving. Etiquette is everything, as we all know – although hunts are much more relaxed and inclusive these days.
  3. Always call the canines ‘hounds’, not dogs. It would be a real rookie mistake to get this wrong!
  4. Always shut gates if you are the last through, unless told otherwise. Practise opening and shutting them at home beforehand!
  5. Wrap up warm and enjoy yourself. Hunting days can be long so make sure you are prepared for the elements. But don’t fret about the rights and wrongs – it is about having fun, after all.

What should you wear?

Adults tend to wear black or navy coats, or tweed, with smart, beige-coloured (not white!) breeches and plain long boots. From Taurus Footwear’s footwear range, the Lancer or Caballero long boots are perhaps the most suitable boots for the main hunting season – see www.taurusfootwear.co.uk . For neckwear during the main hunting season, a white or cream stock, properly tied and secured with a plain pin, is advised. Ladies’ hair is secured, and body protectors are allowed, preferably under your jacket, rather than over it. Your horse’s numnah should be dark and should follow the shape of the saddle; put a red ribbon in a kicker’s tail!

Useful websites

Essex-based Michaela Huntington is sponsored by Norfolk-based Taurus Footwear, who produce competitively-priced, high-quality leather equestrian footwear for all ages, sizes and disciplines.

Perfect for the Winter Months and now with 30% off; the Ranger Boots!

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The Ranger Leather Mucker Boots are perfect for the winter months at the yard or whilst dog walking. Ideal for battling with mud, offering you optimum foot stability on icy ground and allowing you to keep your riding boots clean!

The water-resistant boots are composed of a waxy nubuck leather upper with a waterproof rugged non-slip rubber outsole. The padded lining, tongue and collar, together with a removable fleece insole, ensures supreme comfort in this practical, robust mucker boot.

Offered in adults sizes 5-12.

Now, for a limited time only to celebrate Christmas Taurus Footwear are offering 30% off these fabulous, functional boots. Snap up your pair today by visiting the website http://www.taurusfootwear.co.uk or Tel: 01328 851432 to speak to a member of the team!

Taurus Footwear Advocate Victoria Gallantree Nèe Thirlby Updates on her Equestrian 2014

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Victoria Gallantree nèe Thirlby has been an avid Taurus Footwear supporter for a number of years. She loves the Taurus Lancer Boot for competing her horses in Eventing and Dressage and wears the Kentucky Jodhpur Boot for everyday riding and teaching. In our latest blog we share an update from Victoria; equestrian, riding instructor and Taurus Advocate Rider with her exploits and adventures from 2014!

She says…

It has been a very busy year for us with the highlight that my son William made the England Mounted Games team and was 8th in the World Individual Games under 17yr category. (Being 15 he has a chance to improve next year!) He relies on his Kentucky Boots as he feels so comfortable in them. “Because they are so light I can move my feet quickly!” says William who loves them. I think William is on his sixth pair now as his feet have had a rapid growth spurt from 11 to 15 but won’t change brand now. He has got a pair of Classics to wear to the G.B trials so fingers crossed that William and his Taurus boots will go to America with the squad!

Having sadly lost my horse to colic whilst recovering from an injury my season was very quiet. Never one to rest for long I was soon busy setting up a new business and Pony Club Centre. Sheepy Lodge Riding School was launched and is becoming a very popular venue for young riders. Children from 4 to 16 attend over the weekend to learn to ride and spend time with the ponies. I have 12 ponies that I use and up to 30 children through the week.

I have also been working towards my BHS Fellowship exam and this has encouraged me to study dressage in far more depth than I did as an event rider. I have had an opportunity to ride at Medium and Advanced Medium on some lovely horses at a dressage venue Witham Villa. The proprietor Verity Saul kindly then took me to Solihull to compete on a home bred horse of hers. He was fairly inexperienced at Medium but produced a good test and was a credit to the training that everyone at Witham Villa had given him.

It was lovely to put all my competition gear on again and my competition Lancer boots felt fantastic. I love how easy they are to get on and off and they look so smart that I always feel very well presented. “Knowing  I can create a great first impression to the judge means a lot to me.”

Philippa has also had a quieter time competing this year but continues to ride her pony between the stress of A levels and University tour days. She is joining us for a days hunting during the Christmas holidays and is a very capable assistant instructor who has a very natural way of teaching young people. She is an age where image is very important so always likes to wear her matching half chaps, this then sets a dress code for my Pony Club members who not only want to ride like Pip but wear what she wears! Philippa is a wonderful role model and William is an inspiration to other children who want to ride competitively. As a mum I just want them to have fun and stay safe and at least in their Taurus boots I know they have the quality footwear that is so vital for balance and security whilst they ride.”

Here at Taurus we are thrilled to hear when our customers get on positively with their boots so Victoria’s update was great news.

To find out more about any of the Taurus Footwear range, including the Lancer Long BootClassics, Kentucky Jodhpur Boot and our range of Chaps and Gaiters  visit the website at www.taurusfootwear.co.uk.

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