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post #1 of 18 Old 09-21-2011, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all,
So I am in the market for some new boots, but have recently made some changes in my riding, so I need recommendations from all you who have more experience buying and selling.

Here is what my situation is: I just joined an equestrian team. I am taking western lessons, just basic showmanship and riding right now but may get into western showing in the IHSA. I also am training/riding trail with my boy, Onyx. I may also get into Barrels, depending on if I can get lessons. I am sticking to western style, but want a functional boot for general riding. I already have a pair of nice black cowboy boots, but I am thinking of getting a paddock style for everyday use.

What kind of boot can I use for shows (cleaned up obviously) but also for my regular western lessons? I don't want to have to buy 3 different pairs, since I am on a budget. They don't need to be super fancy, just comfy. I am probably only going to participate in about 5 shows this year, depending, so the main thing I need them for is lessons.

I don't know if I will ever take English lessons, but if I can get a pair that can cross over, just for lessons, that would be great as well.

Thanks in advance!!

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post #2 of 18 Old 09-21-2011, 03:17 PM
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I highly recommend having a separate pair of boots for showing that you can keep clean and in good condition. I know I'm really hard on my schooling/everyday boots and there's no way they'd clean up well enough to show in.
Your show boots will also need to match your chaps. If you already have a pair of black cowboy boots you can either use those to show in and find a nice sturdy par of work boots, or if you decide you want to go with brown or sand colored chaps get a pair of boots to match them. Does your riding team provide you with show clothes or are you responsible for getting your own? On my equestrian team we were responsible for all our own clothes, but I know some of the bigger schools had a collection of show clothes you could borrow from.
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I am responsible for my own show clothes. I was thinking of using my black boots for show. So I would just need to buy half chaps? I am pretty new to showing, so attire is new to me. If I can, I would love to use my black cowboy boots, since they are still in excellent condition.

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post #4 of 18 Old 09-21-2011, 03:22 PM
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I have my black Ariat western boots for showing and I have Ariat paddock boots for everyday riding. (Can you tell I'm partial to Ariat? Hahahaaa) When I use my English saddle I slap my half chaps on and I'm good to go.
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I am responsible for my own show clothes. I was thinking of using my black boots for show. So I would just need to buy half chaps? I am pretty new to showing, so attire is new to me. If I can, I would love to use my black cowboy boots, since they are still in excellent condition.

Thanks!
All the western shows I have been to, people wear full chaps not half chaps. In barrels and such I've seen girls in just jeans and a show shirt but I've never seen half chaps on a western rider in a show. I may have misread the OP but thought you were wanting to show western?

Edited to add: I took english lessons in my western laceups and half chaps until the boots fell apart. So depending on the style of boot you can take english lessons in them. Most pull on cowboy boots aren't comfy for me with half chaps given that they're wider at the top.(the boots)
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All the western shows I have been to, people wear full chaps not half chaps. In barrels and such I've seen girls in just jeans and a show shirt but I've never seen half chaps on a western rider in a show. I may have misread the OP but thought you were wanting to show western?

Edited to add: I took english lessons in my western laceups and half chaps until the boots fell apart. So depending on the style of boot you can take english lessons in them. Most pull on cowboy boots aren't comfy for me with half chaps given that they're wider at the top.(the boots)
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Yes, sorry my bad. Not half chaps, but regular chaps. I don't know if I will need them though.

In most shows here that I have seen, people wear black pants when riding western and then a nice western show shirt. Is that correct?

So I just need a pair of paddock boots then? Since I can show in my black cowboy boots?

Thanks for answering some of my questions. Show is pretty new to me.

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I have my black Ariat western boots for showing and I have Ariat paddock boots for everyday riding. (Can you tell I'm partial to Ariat? Hahahaaa) When I use my English saddle I slap my half chaps on and I'm good to go.
This sounds like a plan!!
I used to think Ariats were awesome, but I have heard a lot lately about the toes blowing out.. Is there any validity to that? What other good brands are there?

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If you're showing IHSA stockseat you'll need a par of full chaps, a show shirt, boots and a cowboy hat. It can get pretty pricey, on average you should expect to spend at least 300-500 on a show outfit. If you're planning on showing hunt seat that's a whole nother ball game. Talk to some of the veteran team members, they should be more than happy to point you in the right direction as far as clothing. They'll also be able to give you some ideas of local places you can go shopping at.

For lessons though any boot will do really as long as it's got a heel it doesn't have to be pretty. Though you can expect the nicer brands to hold up longer generally speaking. I always check out my local used boot store first. They usually have some gently used ariats or justins that you can pick up for around $50 as opposed to $100 or more new.
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If you're showing IHSA stockseat you'll need a par of full chaps, a show shirt, boots and a cowboy hat. It can get pretty pricey, on average you should expect to spend at least 300-500 on a show outfit. If you're planning on showing hunt seat that's a whole nother ball game. Talk to some of the veteran team members, they should be more than happy to point you in the right direction as far as clothing. They'll also be able to give you some ideas of local places you can go shopping at.

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Definitely will be talking to them. I just checked IHSA site, chaps aren't necessary, but you can use them.

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post #10 of 18 Old 09-21-2011, 04:07 PM
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Hmm, it might not be in the rule book, but none of the coaches in our region would let you in the arena without chaps. Could be that things are more relaxed where you're at though. Good luck with the showing! Keep us posted how you do
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