Anyway, I started taking English lessons about 2 months ago and have been riding in tights and paddock boots. So far I feel okay with this set-up - I get the occasional pinch on my calves but nothing major (no bruising or anything), so as far as comfort goes I don't feel like I need half chaps. However, I'm wondering if they doing anything for riding performance? I'm still working on the basics of walking and trotting, and won't be doing anything fancy for quite a while. Thanks for any advice!