02-23-2009, 10:05 AM
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I honestly don't believe tall boots vrs 1/2 chaps really make a difference as to "support" for the leg while in the saddle.
Your legs should be strong enough throgh proper riding and conditioning of your muscles, to remain where they should and to do their jobs accoringly.
I have used 1/2 chaps, and never found any difference between them and tall boots via support wise.
But, I dislike 1/2 chaps and paddock boots - because I hate the work involved on getting them on and off. I hate to have to sit down, put on my paddocks and then struggle with getting my 1/2 chaps on. And then repeat when getting them off.
I love my tall boots, with zippers because they are much more convenient for me. I just slide my foot in my boots, zip up and done. Out the door.