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    05-11-2011, 02:23 PM
Green Broke
I spent a small fortune on my tall boots (because I have ridiculously short legs that won't fit in standard tall boots) and I ride in them daily. They are beyond comfortable since they fit correctly and I notice that I have a better leg position than when I wear my half chaps and paddock boots.

So, I do plan on using them for showing as well but if I don't, I figure the $500 I spent is worth it to be comfortable and riding properly.
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    05-11-2011, 04:00 PM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Folks, are the half chaps are similar to tall boots? I'm thinking if I should get those (as they are much cheaper).
Half-chaps are what the riders wear when schooling where I ride. They're super-easy - they just slip on with a strap under the heel of your paddock boots and zip up the outside. My half-chaps have a matte finish like my paddock boots do, and unless you look closely, you wouldn't realize it was a 2-piece setup. NOT as slick and fancy as the tall show boots, but they give the impression of boots. They do a good job of protecting my legs, they're easy to zip on and off, if I blow one of the half-chaps out I just replace those instead of replacing the whole boot. And they weren't terribly expensive, either, and they come in several sizes.
    05-11-2011, 06:04 PM
Originally Posted by Delfina    
I notice that I have a better leg position than when I wear my half chaps and paddock boots.
That's exactly why I started the thread in 1st place. Tall boots seem to keep my legs in place nicely (which I didn't even expect). I'm not that positive half-chaps will work the same. But (as I said) they are much cheaper too...

Oh, and BTW (to the serafina's comment :) ), I don't care about being "fancy" in every day ring. Lol! I'm just talking from comfort point of view.
    05-11-2011, 07:59 PM
I'm so new to riding that this opinion probably isn't worth the pixels that are used to display it, but I *have* spent a lot of time wearing tall form-fitting boots (for fashion purposes). From that standpoint, the half-chap + paddock boot does feel *very* much like wearing a well-fitting snug pair of boots. The half chaps hit right at the knee and I get a lot of feedback from the top of the chaps about the position and angle of my knees. Ditto for the ankle, but there most of the action is from the paddock boots themselves.

Also, I do not know if this is standard for half-chaps, but mine have this interesting stretchy rubbery substance along the inner leg. Definitely some of the function of that is to make the half-chap stretch and fit tightly, but it also seems to have a similar effect as the leather (or whatever that stuff is) patch that is on the inside side of my breeches.

I would like to try tall boots sometime, but my feet are hard to fit even with normal boots, and I am pretty sure that if I can get the tall riding boots, it's going to be a custom job or special order...so I figure I will wait until I think I want to show before I mess around with those.

I usually change into my paddock boots and put on the half-chaps when I get to the stable. If it's actually on my body I don't have to keep track of it. :) The combo is plenty comfortable for grooming, cleaning, all that good stuff.
    05-11-2011, 09:12 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
That's exactly why I started the thread in 1st place. Tall boots seem to keep my legs in place nicely (which I didn't even expect). I'm not that positive half-chaps will work the same. But (as I said) they are much cheaper too...
IMO a lot of it is going to depend on the quality of the leather of the tall boots. Generally, a foot bed is a foot bed. At least to me. So the real difference is in the upper. Half chaps are almost always pretty soft and flexible and allow you to have good feel of your horse's side. Also more often then not they can be pretty grippy. Cheaper boots can have thicker more plasticky leather that can be slick and very difficult (if possible) to break in. I've had some boots I've hated because they were so stiff I never felt like my leg could really feel my horse nor stay in the correct position. I ended up investing in some better quality calfskin boots and it has made all the difference. First pair of boots i've had that I like just as much as my half chaps. Unfortunately calfskin tends to cost an arm and a leg and not be durable at all. Half chaps on the other hand (assuming they fit well) are very comfortable!
    05-11-2011, 09:21 PM
I wear Ariat paddocks and matching half chaps that are normal leather, but with a suede inside patch. They're nice and grippy and keep my leg in place pretty darn well. They are also slightly padded and have nice big zippers and an elastic panel by the zipper which means I can get them tight enough that they mold to my leg.

They also look very much like a tall boot:
Half Chaps Classic III - Ariat

Back when I was in college, I wore cheap ($35) half chaps -- the full suede kind that had three velcro tabs on the side -- and those actually did a pretty good job for the price. I didn't care if they got dirty, I'd ball them up and throw them in my grooming bucket and were just fine the next time I came out to ride.

You might want to get some of the cheap half chaps and try them out before committing to anything more expensive.

Right now, I've logged maybe ... 40-50 hours of riding in my half chaps and they show virtually no signs of wear and tear.
    05-11-2011, 09:54 PM
Thanks, folks!

Upnover, my boots are Mt Horse. I can feel the horse's sides, and they don't feel like needing any break-in (although I have to admit my winter short Mt Horse boots are nice fit too). I feel sorry to use them for ring riding, but they are so comfy! I did try half chaps in past in Dover, and they just didn't feel very comfortable to me (plus for whatever reason I had issues with zipping them up). May be I have to check consignment again and get something cheaper and no so nice for every day rides.

Serafina, I'm sure you can find something to fit you. Just needs lots of search (like in my case too - I'm hard to fit)!

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