05-09-2014, 06:26 PM
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Maybe its a personal thing, but I really do feel like my legs are more supported and stable in tall boots versus half chaps; maybe that's what the trainer meant, that tall boots can provide stability and make your legs more effective in that way.
That being said, I have not ridden in the tall boot 'lookalike' half chaps, only the stretchy type, and my tall boots are very thick tight leather that are molded to my legs; so it really is the widest of both ends of the spectrum. I feel like no pair of half chaps give me that 'supported' feeling (like how rollerblades hold your ankle straight, I feel like I have too much bend in the gap between paddock boots and chaps). Maybe I'll change my mind mid summer, but I really feel like in things like sitting an extended trot, I wouldn't switch out my tall boots for anything, it makes that much of a difference for me.