My question is this: I am having trouble outfitting myself for English riding. I have breeches which fit, found a pair of tall boots on ebay (which didn't fit), have my helmet and paddock boots, but I am having trouble finding a decent pair of half chaps in my size.
My calves are about 17"-17.5", and heel to knee is about 18 inches. Most half chaps are longer - about 20" - or at least the ones I have seen. I found a pair of suede half chaps (again on ebay) but they are tight and too long.
Question: anywhere I can search for half chaps - I'm on a pretty tight budget. If the tall boots that didn't fit sell on ebay I can get a decent pair of half chaps. There are several tack shops around me. Should I go hunting there as well as online?
Suede or leather?
Can I have the too-long half chaps altered for length? I need to have the pair I own shortened about 2 inches. Is this a "no-no?"
Thanks for any help you can give me. I start lessons in a few weeks.