Paddock boots and half chaps together are just as expensive as tall boots, if not more. Plus tall boots look better IMO. Is it okay to just get tall boots? All my western boots are Ariats. Do I throw down $300 for Ariat tall boots? Or are there cheaper brands that I should look at? I want quality that will last, but I don't need to match Olympic riders. I'm focusing on jumping at lessons if that helps at all.
On a side not why are English boots so much more than western?
Thanks for the help!