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post #1 of 25 Old 11-03-2013, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Tall boots or paddock boots with half-chaps?

Yeah my instructor told me that rubber mud boots ain't going to cut it now that I'm more serious. She is recommending that I buy better boots. I'm not sure which is better; tall boots or paddock boots with chaps?


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post #2 of 25 Old 11-03-2013, 04:03 PM
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Paddock boots with half chaps would be more versitile for around the barn. Tall boots if you get into showing.
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post #3 of 25 Old 11-03-2013, 04:17 PM
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I honestly prefer my tall boots, to which I put on just before I go ride and wear my muck boots around the barn.

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I personally like jodhpur (short) boots with half chaps best for riding. You can get the right size for each part and I've always found them more comfortable. As each part wears you can replace it rather than replacing everything. And you can put the chaps over looser pants, like jeans or just pants, and still use them, but it's not as easy try to stuff them into tall boots. Also in the heat, after riding and at the stable removing the chaps makes a huge different in keeping cool

Tall boots have their place, but if you're serious about competing you'll probably have show boots anyway, as riding boots get scuffed up pretty quick.

I also like how I can just take off the chaps and then just have boots on I can do anything with. Whether it be walk a while, do barn work, climb a tree! I don't know, but I don't think I'd be as comfortable doing all that in tall boots.

It is really a personal choice though. Try on all your options and see what you like best.
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Yeah that parallels what my instructor says.
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I think paddock boots with half chaps are easier and more comfortable to ride in. I did just order a pair of winter tall boots since I'm in the barn all day and need something to keep my legs warm. If you go with tall boots just make sure they aren't to heavy/have to much bottom. It makes it harder in the stirrup,
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Unless you're showing or foxhunting, there's no real reason to buy tall boots. Even the cheaper, off the rack ones cost a heck of a lot more than paddock boots and half chaps.
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I have yet to find a pair of tall boots that actually fit me, so I stick with short boots with half chaps over them. It works great for lessons. Plus you can wear bootcut breeches over the boot without the chaps for those super casual days.
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post #9 of 25 Old 11-05-2013, 03:12 PM
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At your level definitely paddock boots and half chaps. I know lots of people that prefer tall boots for everyday riding, but you can upgrade later if you feel the need. Paddock boots are easy to put on and wear around town if you have to, and if you ride in anything other than breeches tall boots can be a pain. When (if) you decide to start showing then you can buy a pair of tall boots for show, but make sure you do ride in them regularly to break them in and get used to them! If you fall madly in love with them you can always buy a schooling pair as well, but you'll always have your paddock boots and half chaps as a back up.
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Wear around town? Haha... I live in the middle of nowhere.

Here are the boots:
TuffRider Mens Baroque Zip Pad Boots - Statelinetack.com

Half-Chaps:
Saxon Equileather Adult Half Chaps - Statelinetack.com


Gotta love how women get 44 options for paddock boots and men only get 2...
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