Ariat Barnyard Belle H2O Boots [REVIEW]

I was looking for boots I can use around the stable that are waterproof for the longest time! I was using the Ariat Heritage III (reviewed) but they are not waterproof.

I came across the Ariat Barnyard Belle H2O that were on sale from Riding Warehouse last year and decided to order them.


Ariat gives the traditional barn boot a makeover with the Ariat Barnyard Belle H20 Boot!  The Barnyard Belle gives every day stable boots a dose of equestrian style while still maintaining comfort and incorporating performance features.  Imported.


  • Exclusive Ariat® Waterproof Pro™ Construction
  • Stylish Easy Pull-On, Mid Rise Design
  • Durable, Waterproof Full-Grain Leather Foot
  • Molded Heel Clip for Added StabilityAriat ATS Technology Image
  • Exclusive ATS™ Technology EVA Midsole offers optimal
    stability and all day comfort for performance you can depend on
  • Slip-Resistant, Non-Marking Duratread™ Outsole
  • Drawcord top for custom fit

Color: Dark Brown

Sizing: Women’s 5.5 – 11

The boots have spur holders and therefore, can be used for riding, however, I do not find them supportive whatsoever for riding and they are too clunky so won’t fit on all stirrups. They are breathable and great for hot days as they are not insulated. The bottom grip is great I don’t slip on wet areas.

I do use them around the barn 99% of the time except for riding. I naturally have slim feet so my foot did move on the inside of the boots causing rubs, even though length wise they were good. So, I did have to place insoles in order to avoid my foot from moving. It took about a week to “break them in” with the insoles.

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Waterproof technology works great in the wet grass and while showering Tofino. Comfort however is only there when I place insoles. The drawcord mechanism is hard to adjust as it is stiff but it does tighten eventually. They do do drop a little and this is with 3 months of use. I hope they don’t go down fully. They are easy to put on and take off as they have a pull on piece.

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Pros: Cons:

 Good height

•  Good grip

•   Spur holder

•  Easy on and off

•  Breathable

•   One colour

•   Wide & Clunky

•   Drawstring mechanism needs improvement

•   Takes time to break in

More comfortable with insole

• Drops

Verdict: For everyday stable boots these are good. My feet don’t get wet at all and I can walk in the grass, mud, sand, arena without worrying about ruining my boots 🙂 If you’re looking for working barn boots then i would recommend the barnyard belle, HOWEVER, you can just go about wearing regular rain/rubber boots which are cheaper, but with less comfort.

Ideas for your Horse’s Birthday

So today is Tofino’s birthday and he is officially 16 years old 🎉. Oh how time has flown by so quickly! I can’t believe that I first met him when he was 7 years old 😱👇.

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I thought it may be useful to write up a few ideas of things you can do with your horse on a special day.

  1. Spa day! (cleaning essentials)
  2. Treats (DIY horse treats)
  3. Full bonding day (9 tips on horse bonding)
  4. Sunrise/Sunset Hack (necessity & safety of hacking)
  5. Liberty / natural horsemanship
  6. Photo-shoot Session
  7. Mini home gymkhana
  8. Adventure! (beach, forest, cross country etc.)
  9. New item for them (halter, boots, rug etc.)
  10. New Toy/ball

Honestly speaking, I don’t really do anything “special” as I do all of the above on a regular basis ha-ha! But every year on his birthday, I do either a sunrise or a sunset hack which is absolutely beautiful and peaceful 🌅🌄.

Although Tofino is now 16, he is thankfully full of energy, not only due to the time off that he has had, but also due to his diet, being on our sponsored Reverdy Adult Specific feed from , which I find has made a HUGE difference in his performance and shape (review on Reverdy feed).

I am so glad that we get to grow together, and I hope to continue our adventures with every year that passes.

Happy birthday Toficakes! ❤

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When is your horse’s birthday?
And do you do anything special?

Basic Noseband Types

There are many, and I mean MANY noseband types in the market today. However, today I will be only briefing you on the basic ones.

I have personally used a Cavesson, Flash, Grackle, and a Drop noseband, and a Micklem on Tofino. When looking for one that suits your horse, no matter what kind it is there are always the basic rules which are:

  • All nosebands should NOT press on the nostrils or cheekbones as that restricts airflow.
  • All nosebands should be fitted to have space for 2 fingers on the under straps (horse must still be able to open the mouth and chew).
  • Every horses reacts different to different nosebands, and fits differently.

So, lets get started!


The Cavesson noseband is the basic noseband used to not only for aesthetic purposes, but also prevent the horse from crossing over the jaw, and for the use of a standing martingale. It is mainly used in the Hunters and Dressage, but can be used in basically any discipline.



The most common type is the Flash Noseband which is used for most disciplines, from jumping, to eventing, to dressage. It is designed to hold the bit in place and the horses mouth low and prevents the horse from opening the mouth or crossing the jaw.

This was the first noseband I ever tried on Tofino. And he seemed to flick his head whilst using the classic flash noseband. So I was on the hunt for something else.


Grackle (Mexican / Figure 8)

The grackle is what I find best suits Tofino as he doesn’t fuss with it whatsoever. It has a front crossover point which is the pain pressure point. This noseband helps clear the horses airways, allowing air to pass easily, without cranking the nose and mouth.

It can be used from Jumping and Eventing, but is not allowed for Dressage unfortunately.

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Drop Noseband

The drop noseband sits lower on the horses face and restricts the horse into lowering their head. The pressure is on the lower parts and groove of the noseband when the horse tries to open his mouth. Once the horse relaxes their jaw, the pressure is released. Many use this type of noseband for young horses to teach them to “accept” the bit.

It is important to note the placement of the noseband as it should sit where the bone is and not the flesh so as to not interrupt the horses breathing.

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I know this isn’t exactly a “noseband” but a bridle, but I thought I should add it in there. The Micklem was created to fit the horses skull and prevent uncomfortable pressure points. The straps are placed in a way that they avoid fragile facial bones, nerves, and both upper and lower molar teeth. It is FEI approved and can be used for Jumping, Eventing, and even Dressage.

I have written about it before (Micklem review), as I use it for dressage and find that Tofino has responded well to it (same as grackle).


I hope this helps! If you have any questions or inputs please do not hesitate to get in touch xx

Which noseband do you use?