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Do you prefer to ride in tall boots or 1/2 chaps? Why?

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  • Always only ride in tall boots
  • Riding 1/2 chaps

View Poll Results: Do you prefer to ride in tall boots or 1/2 chaps?
Tall boots/field boots 29 39.19%
1/2 chaps 41 55.41%
Neither 4 5.41%
Voters: 74. You may not vote on this poll

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    01-27-2011, 07:59 PM
I generally always ride in chaps. They're just more convenient and don't take as much time or care. I only whip out my tall boots if im going to a show or another farm for schooling. So basically only when I need to look nice. Other during the summer its bareback and barefoot for me!
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    01-27-2011, 09:40 PM
i am too lazy! 1/2 chaps and boots are like three more steps to get ready.
Right! Lol. My reasonings exactly
    01-28-2011, 01:05 PM
I have both. I LOVE riding in half chaps and paddock boots because it's cooler/more comfortable...but I find this poses its own issues. The break between the half chap and the paddock boot creates a false sensation of "ankle freedom" that you don't have when you wear tall boots. For that reason, I wear tall boots typically all the time now because I show. One of my coaches rules - train in what you show in (for the most part, don't take me too literally here).
    01-30-2011, 10:27 AM
I prefer long boots,it also saves time if you havent got alot of time, I don't know why I prefer long boots I guess its because iv rode in them for soo long now and they're more comfortable :) X
    01-30-2011, 10:43 AM
Even though I've shown I've never had a pair of tall boots that fit me right, I've always been given them as hand-me-downs. So I've always ridden in paddock boots and half chaps. Although, I usually ride in tall boots for a week or two before I go to a show to get use to the feel of them. I'm saving up to buy a nice pair of tall boots, I'm really short but my calves are deceivingly large, my mom thinks it's hilarious. I have the hardest time finding chaps that fit let alone boots. Everything is too tall or too tight on my calves!
    01-30-2011, 12:37 PM
I accidentally clicked tall boots, but I meant to put half chaps. Tall boots are just too much trouble if you ask me.
    01-31-2011, 05:04 PM
My tall boots cost too much money for me to wear them for everyday use. Plus, although they are great in the saddle, when I am grooming and doing other chores, they are uncomfortable because they cut into the back of my knee.

Paddock boots and half chaps are comfortable and more convenient. I don't have to worry about keeping them shiny and if I get them wet while rinsing off the horse, I just wipe them off and put them away. The half chaps, which are full leather, take no real additional care, and I occasionally (every couple months or so) clean and mink oil the paddock boots to protect them from the elemets.

Extra bonus - the half chaps are more grippy than the tall boots.
    01-31-2011, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by MIEventer    
I cannot stand wearing half chaps - they drive me up the bloomin' wall. Ugh, the pain in the arse it is to put on my paddock boots, then put on my half chaps - takes too much time and effort.

I love my tall boots - with zippers :) I can just unzip, put my foot it, voila - done.
Exactly! Plus if I am in a hurry, seems like I always catch my breeches in the zipper of the half chap. I don't have that problem with the zippers on my tall boots. Or I get the paddock boots on but forget the half chaps and then 5 minutes into my ride the stirrup leathers are pinching me horribly, so I have to dismount and go put them on.
    01-31-2011, 07:48 PM
Smile heart 1/2 chaps

I love my half chaps. I started in them around age 8 and have used them ever since. My feet are still growing so I can not afford to get new tall boots every 6 months. I show in my short boots and I do hunter jumper and it is just fine for me!
    01-31-2011, 10:06 PM
I don't show anymore but when I did I wore tall boots... AND HATEd them they pinched my ankles and behind my knee plus they were always slippery and my feet always fell out of the stirrups.
I wear 1/2 chaps when I work my horse and prefer them because I feel like I can move.

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