Originally Posted by Kayty
If you're just having a few lessons and doing general riding, I wouldn't go down the tall boot path as yet. I don't know how old you are, but if you're still in your teenage years and still growing, I really wouldn't bother until you stop growing and get into more serious showing.
I have had to go down the path of having both tall boots and gaiters custom made, as I seem to have a weird shaped calf and none of the generic brands comfortably fit me!!
I'm 25 so long done with growing lol, I started riding when I was 12 and always rode western, then when I was 21 I got pregnant so I took off riding until last year, I had played with English in the past and liked it, so back in may when I got my OTTB mare I decided to do dressage, but my balance is not what it used to be so i'm taking some english lessons to get back into shape before I start taking the more expensive dressage lesson, the barn where they have the dressage lessons also has shows, so at that point I will probably start showing on their lesson horses...i think my biggest problem is I have really defined muscular calfs from working at a boarding kennel and walking dogs all day long, but really ridiculously skinny ankles, so I need something that tapers more then a normal boot....
When you show do you have to have tall boots or can you just wear paddock boots with nice half chaps that look like boots?