Half chaps vs. tall boots? - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 26 Old 11-27-2011, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Half chaps vs. tall boots?

I'm going to start riding english pleasure and maybe start jumping. I was wondering if you like half boots and paddock boots or tall boots better? Also I have found a brand new pair of Lovestone tall boots for $30 should I get them?
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post #2 of 26 Old 11-27-2011, 09:20 PM
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I ride in paddock boots and chaps, I hate breaking in new tall boots. I save my tall boots for the shows!
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post #3 of 26 Old 11-27-2011, 09:34 PM
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I would advise tall boots only if and when you are showing, and for schollong shows you can even get away with half chaps
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post #4 of 26 Old 11-27-2011, 10:10 PM
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I love my tall boots, and wear them every time I mount up English, personally I didn't have a break-in period, I bought Mountain Horse's tall boots (their cheapest option) and they fit me like they were made for me.

For just starting out go for the half chaps though, I rode in half chaps and paddock boots for 3 years before I put the money into a pair of tall boots,

Don't go for cheap boots either because you'll find that spending the extra money will go further and make you happier in the long run.

If you do decide to go for the tall boot option, stock up on plenty of boxes of band-aids the blister type!

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post #5 of 26 Old 11-28-2011, 07:03 AM
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I have tall boots (for shows) and boots/half chaps for every day riding, so can compare closely. I'd say tall boots all the way.

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post #6 of 26 Old 11-28-2011, 10:59 PM
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Half chaps all the way for me! Unfortunately my legs don't fit into standard size tall boots so in order for me to have a pair I would have to pay for custom boots which is entirely out of the question. I have a great pair of smooth grain leather half chaps and they look very nice and are super comfy although were pretty pricey (I think around 200 maybe 180)
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post #7 of 26 Old 11-28-2011, 11:12 PM
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I ride in Ariat paddock boots and half chaps, I've tried tall boots but to me they aren't as comfortable and flexible. If you're just starting out, I'd wait to invest in tall boots until you need them for shows.
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post #8 of 26 Old 11-29-2011, 01:31 PM
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I just ride in Ariat paddock boots.. no half chaps or tall boots (I really want tall boots eventually though)

I have weak legs but I have light precise aids that my horse works on beautifully.
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post #9 of 26 Old 11-29-2011, 01:39 PM
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I love my Ariat paddock boots and half chaps for schooling. I don't have to bother with taking care of them, worrying about them getting marked up and messy. I'm going to be investing in a good pair of tall boots for show, and will reserve them only for shows.

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post #10 of 26 Old 11-29-2011, 01:43 PM
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I have both tall boots & half chaps + paddock boots, and I prefer my chaps by far.

I have a terrible foot-to-calf ratio, I have size 9 feet with very slender calves, so with my tall boots, the foot may fit well, but they're too loose around my calves ( I often wear leg warmers to add bulk lol). But with my chaps, I can get a good fit in both places!

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