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

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View Poll Results: Do you prefer to ride in tall boots or 1/2 chaps?
Tall boots/field boots 29 38.67%
1/2 chaps 42 56.00%
Neither 4 5.33%
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    02-21-2011, 08:30 PM
I like my tall boots and my half chaps equally as much. However, the switch after a long period of one or the other is awkward, so if a show is coming up I'll be sure it won't be an awkward switch. I grew out of my paddock boots so I want to get new ones for when I don't feel like messing with my tall boots.
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    02-21-2011, 08:32 PM
Green Broke
I like both.

However, just for practice I prefer my half chaps and paddocks. Several reasons for this. One, I usually work before or after I ride (At the barn I board at) and I don't have to worry about dirtying up my nice show boots.

Another reason is, my tall boots are strictly for shows or clinics (and sometimes XC schoolings)
    02-23-2011, 02:14 PM
Half chaps are really comfortable, compared to my experience with tall boots, which are usually annoying and painful to break in. In winter and after show season I wear my half chaps, but, because I need them for shows, I bring out the tall boots for spring and summer. The only difference I have found in the tall boots from the half chaps (excluding the blisters) is that the tall boots don't let your ankles move around as much, so they take some getting used to. It's always weird riding in them the first couple times. I say half chaps if you are not doing a show or anything they are the best route to go.
    02-23-2011, 03:03 PM
Originally Posted by ErikaLynn    
I love riding in tall boots. I also ride in half chaps sometimes, but I think riding in tall boots is the best. If you don't show, I wouldn't get tall boots. But if you really like them and feel comfortable in them..then I say wear them.
Me too! I wear tall boots all the time because they are cooler in the summertime (for me) and they are so easy to get on/off.
    02-23-2011, 04:04 PM
I rode in tall boots exclusively growing up. I thought breeches were comfortable and I think they were so easy to ride in.

When I joined the polo team in college I went to jeans and half-chaps because that's what everybody wore (and we did a lot of dirty barn chores so jeans were more practical).

Now, when I take lessons as an adult I still use the half-chaps. I honestly don't like riding in jeans that much and find it less comfortable than breeches, but I'm also not so comfortable wearing skin tight pants around the barn anymore

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