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post #1 of 10 Old 11-28-2011, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Half chaps or long boots?

So I don't know whether to get long boots or half chaps? I need new footwear and I can't choose! I prefer the way long boots look but my calf measures 15inches round. I just bought a pair of long boots and they didn't fit my calf.

I am not exactly rolling in it! So I tend to have to buy my stuff second hand.

Should I just buy half chaps to fit? Or should I buy wide fitting long boots?

And also, why are short boots more expensive than long boots?

Your thoughts/opinions please?
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-28-2011, 09:08 AM
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I dunno where you buy but a pair of sturdy short boots and chaps cost me around 100 if I buy good every day quality where boots would set me back 200+

You're in the UK right? Try equestrianclearence, I bought my dad two pairs of leather short boots for 24!!
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-28-2011, 09:19 AM
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I have tall boots (for shows) and boots/half chaps for every day riding, so can compare closely. I'd say tall boots all the way.

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post #4 of 10 Old 11-28-2011, 09:23 AM
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Other bonus about long boots... snow doesnt get in over the top
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post #5 of 10 Old 11-28-2011, 08:11 PM
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I have a pair of short and tall boots, as well as half chaps.

For every day riding, I prefer paddock boots and half chaps. I use my tall boots for shows/clinics, and places where appearance really matters.

I prefer half chaps, but that's probably because they actually fit me properly. I like my tall boots, but they don't fit perfectly, so I tend to not love them as much. That opinion may change if I got a better fitting pair.

You can take your boots in to a boot repairman, and have them stretched to fit you. Probably a cheaper option, than buying a new pair in a different size.

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I like half chaps for basic riding and use - they're more flexible, less expensive to replace and generally easier to take on and off (ever have frozen toes while riding - tall boots make that feeling so much worse!)

I'll always show in tall boots though.

In my experience, good tall boots cost A LOT more than basic paddock or riding boots, so not sure why you're finding tall boots less expensive....where are you shopping?
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In my experience, good tall boots cost A LOT more than basic paddock or riding boots, so not sure why you're finding tall boots less expensive....where are you shopping?
Generally true, but you can also try consignment. I got my leather dressage Mt Horse boots in consignment store brand new (1/3 of the full price). LOVE THEM! If they'd have 2 pairs there I'd get both.

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post #8 of 10 Old 11-29-2011, 07:53 PM
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I use half chaps for hunter/jumper and english riding...never had a pair of boots.
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post #9 of 10 Old 11-29-2011, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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I dunno where you buy but a pair of sturdy short boots and chaps cost me around 100 if I buy good every day quality where boots would set me back 200+

You're in the UK right? Try equestrianclearence, I bought my dad two pairs of leather short boots for 24!!
I had a look on there but couldn't really find anything, thanks though!

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I have tall boots (for shows) and boots/half chaps for every day riding, so can compare closely. I'd say tall boots all the way.
Thanks! Although having different opinions doesn't help me to choose

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You can take your boots in to a boot repairman, and have them stretched to fit you. Probably a cheaper option, than buying a new pair in a different size.
Do you know how much that would cost? (roughly?)

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I like half chaps for basic riding and use - they're more flexible, less expensive to replace and generally easier to take on and off (ever have frozen toes while riding - tall boots make that feeling so much worse!)

I'll always show in tall boots though.

In my experience, good tall boots cost A LOT more than basic paddock or riding boots, so not sure why you're finding tall boots less expensive....where are you shopping?
So, chaps for every day and longs for showing? Thanks

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I use half chaps for hunter/jumper and english riding...never had a pair of boots.
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You show in chaps? I didn't think you could!


Thanks for all the input guys. I am still very undecided!!
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-29-2011, 08:24 PM
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I put half chaps over my nice paddock shoes and I have a pair just for shows, their leather and look like boots and nobodys ever said anything and others do it as well, I use the other ones for every day use when I'm riding english as I also ride western....
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