Originally Posted by Allison Finch
Right, sloppy "half chaps" are not allowed. Nicer boot-style leggings with matching paddock boots are. I encourage my students to wear them on XC. Anyone who has had to have a custom boot pulled off of a broken leg (I threatened to hurt the doctor if he cut it off! LOL!) will encourage it.
Absolutely and I have had that problem with patients. I think it's one of the reasons it became permitted in the hunter ring. It's a safety issue. During an event, we had a rider get reared off in the warm cross country field and of course her ankle fractured in 3 different spots. She would not let us cut off her boot(which was done anyways by the admitting physician).
When I am working, it's either either your boot, or circulatory comprise to your leg. Regardless of what the rider tells me, I'll be cutting the boot off.