Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
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In the hunter barn I ride at, there are zipper and laces, so I am guessing it doesn't really matter for the show ring. For the hunt field, depending on what hunt etiquette book you read, laces are a no-no....
If your daughter is just going to be showing in schooling shows for now, she can even wear paddock boots and half chaps. There is no requirement to wear tall boots for lessons. I don't find them as comfortable to wear on a regular basis and prefer to wear paddock boots and half chaps for lessons and boots for showing. Other people prefer tall boots all the time.... There are rubber boots also available for riding, which are cheaper, but can last quite a few years as well. If your daughter is still growing, it might be a good option to look at as well. In the end, whatever is most comfortable for her to wear.