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post #11 of 25 Old 06-06-2011, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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I thought your leather boots felt better because they were tall boots. NO? I am confused. were they just paddock boots made out of leather?
Tall boots can help a lot with your position because they bring such stablily to the ankle.

Sorry for the confusion. :) Yes I felt better because they were tall, and as you said boots give more stability to the ankle. However I found that my tall leather riding boots felt more "grippy" in the calf area, compared to my suede chaps. :)

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My legs don't conform to normal tall boot sizes and I'm too poor to afford customs so I ride in leather boots and chaps. I bought a pair of all leather (no suede even on the inside of the leg) smooth grain chaps before the summer and I love them. They are super grippy and if I shine them and my boots up from a distance you can barely tell I'm not wearing tall boots. They must be the same ones or similar to what tiny mentioned, I really like them

Thanks for adding. Now if I find leather chaps at the right price, I'll get them. If not I'll have to be happy with suede. :)

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But doesn't the leather outside still make it grip better than the suede ones? I would really like some more opinions on that one. I just concluded leather chaps would be more "grippy" than suede chaps since my leather boots seemed to be so.

Why would the leather on the outside make it more "grippy?"

I have these half chaps and have so far been happy with them. Dover Saddlery | Ariat® Concord Half Chaps.
I personally am a fan of ariat's half chaps, they have always lasted for me.

The reason your tall boots help out your leg is because it makes your ankle stable. Thats what they are designed to do. You aren't going to get that exact stability with a paddock boot and half chap, no matter what they are made of.
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Do tall rubber boots also make your leg feel more stable and secure? Any brand with good synthetic or rubber boots that someone could recommend me?
As soon as I got rid of my rubber riding boots, and went to paddock boots and half chaps (for everyday riding), my heel position improved soooo much! The reason being is that the rubber doesn't have the same flexibility as the leather, and doesn't bend the same way.

If anything, try to find a cheaper pair of tall boots to wear on a regular basis, or go with paddock boots and half chaps.

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The reason your tall boots help out your leg is because it makes your ankle stable. Thats what they are designed to do. You aren't going to get that exact stability with a paddock boot and half chap, no matter what they are made of.

I already concluded that with Kitten Val's post:

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I had exactly same thread I started month ago or so (boot are extremely comfy, but too pricey to use every day). The bottom line of all responses was no, chaps don't give same "effect" as tall boots. So I'm saving up on other pair of boots now.

But I want the extra grip the leather seems to give. I don't see how leather would make it grip more than suede either, but it just seemed so when I rode with my leather boots and rosie1's comment about her half chaps being very grippy made me conclude that leather must have that extra little advantage to suede. :/ Might be wrong on that one... but it's what it seems.

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If anything, try to find a cheaper pair of tall boots to wear on a regular basis, or go with paddock boots and half chaps.
I'll definitely buy a cheaper pair of tall boots for schooling if I can find some , but most probably half chaps will end up being more in my price range. I guess I'll have to see what sales I can find.

Thank you all for your comments! :)

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Tall boots will definitely help your leg position. I personally found my new field boots a bit slippery against the saddle but after a while, not anymore.

Are the half chaps you're using now all suede with no leather? The half chaps that I have are suede but have a nice long patch on the inside part that is leather. Helps to grip.

I too am worried about wearing my new tall boots all the time because I don't want to somehow scratch them and they'd be ruined to show in but they are sooo nice! lol! Leather half chaps are really nice as well. They don't really support your leg the way a tall boot will but they definitely look like a tall boot from afar and have that nice leather on leather grip. :)

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There is also a nice long patch on the inside part of mine I believe, but it's not leather. It's all suede.

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I too am worried about wearing my new tall boots all the time because I don't want to somehow scratch them and they'd be ruined to show in but they are sooo nice! lol!

Lol! I know! :) I spent so much money on them that for the first few months I was scared to take them out of their box. Conditioning them got me all worried and nervous because I was scared I would ruin the leather in some stupid way or something. ><

Happy i finally found a nice dry day to wear them though. :)

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Lol! I know! :) I spent so much money on them that for the first few months I was scared to take them out of their box. Conditioning them got me all worried and nervous because I was scared I would ruin the leather in some stupid way or something. ><
Exactly! Haha!

I guess you could always keep them in a boot bag by your horse's stall and before you're about to mount up, slip on you tall boots!

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I don't mind wearing them while tacking the horse up if it's dry outside, since the stalls are kept very clean and walking around everywhere isn't a problem. I will however take them off as soon as I get back to the barn to untack. Especially when a shower is involved afterwords. :/ Don't want to get those boots soaked. ><

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