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post #11 of 21 Old 08-01-2013, 07:57 PM
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I'm responding to this because it looks like we're in the same area. I'm in "willinois" . Totally new, so I can't speak to your question other than to say my trainer told me today to just wear the boots I already have into the ground, and that probably the next thing I'd want to buy would be half-chaps (I had asked if I needed to replace my DSW "paddock" boots with real paddock boots"

Anyway, she told me I would want to get fitted for my first pair, and that there is. Dover store in Libertyville. Thought I would pass that info along.
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post #12 of 21 Old 08-01-2013, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for all the info!

I was looking into getting half chaps because I'm riding English. I have Western boots because they were a 'cheap' alternative to expensive riding boots. The boots I have go up to the middle of my calf. The first time I trotted in the English saddle I got some reddness and bruising on my upper calf from the stirrup leathers.

Since then I have been using leg warmers. Not a big deal to me but I thought if half chaps helped performance I should look into getting some. It's good to know that they won't work with all western boots. Better to know that now then to go in to a place and look like an idiot. I'm sorry but I don't know the difference between boots.
These are the boots I have: Here

Duck, thank you! It is true that while I am horseback I don't really pay attention to how sweaty I am. It's only after I get off that I notice I'm dripping sweat lol.

Lilac, yep! That's the place lol, that awkward border area!
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One thing I will pass on is that I don't own a pair of paddock boots. I have a wide foot and a high instep and buying stuff like that, in my foot size, is near impossible given "in-store" stock. I went to the shoe store, good old Payless Shoes, with my iron in hand to make sure of toe width, and bought a simple pair of work boots that had a decent heel that I use with my half chaps. I also have a pair of hiking boots that are almost like sneakers that are about the same height as paddock boots..they have a good heel on them. I can fit spurs if I need them and they are much more comfortable than any paddock boot I have ever worn, plus, they don't get ruined (as in need to dry and oil leather paddock boots) if they get wet (ie wash stall). My overall cost for two pairs of "riding" boots was about half the cost of paddock boots of comparable quality.

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I had a pair of "western boots" given to me, and as I am a broke college student, I used those things until the heels wore off! My boots were brown and my half chaps were black. Not the best looking combination in the world, but they got the job done. Before my western boots I had a pair of Ariats that I LOVED, but eventually they wore out.

As far as the material goes, I rode in suede half chaps for a long time (similar to the ones verona posted). These half chaps usually run pretty cheap and can last a long time. Currently I'm riding in leather ones, but they are several years old and I ride 5 days a week, sometimes multiple horses a day, so I desperately need to get new ones. I will probably go back to the suede ones just because they are pretty inexpensive and can last a while if you take care of them.

I hope this helps a little bit! Good luck in searching!
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Have you looked around to see if there are any tack sales? I was very lucky that I was able to get to the One in my area and it was ridiculously cheap!
I got a pair of Grand Prix leather half chap for $50 (retails 179).
Grand Prix Leather Half Chaps | Dover Saddlery

I was going to order online the suede ones that my friend has been using, and it has lasted her for years.
Dublin Easy-Care Half Chaps | Dover Saddlery

Have you already used the western boots? If you are riding English, I would suggest you to invest now, so you don't have to repurchase stuff later. I got the ariat heritage for $99. I know it's more expensive than the western boot you got, but only by $30ish... I would highly recommend that. And get them both the same color. I would not like wearing them in mismatch color, but that's just me and OCD.

Check out to see if there are any used tact sale, the one I went to have both brand new and used tact for well over 60% off. I got a pair of pikeur breeches that retails for $300 for $25!! And another pair of trainers choice (black) for $10 both brand new!!

Good luck!!
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I'm responding to this because it looks like we're in the same area. I'm in "willinois" . Totally new, so I can't speak to your question other than to say my trainer told me today to just wear the boots I already have into the ground, and that probably the next thing I'd want to buy would be half-chaps (I had asked if I needed to replace my DSW "paddock" boots with real paddock boots"

Anyway, she told me I would want to get fitted for my first pair, and that there is. Dover store in Libertyville. Thought I would pass that info along.
I'm not quite sure where you are but there's also Barrington Saddlery in Barrington, Saddlers Row in Palatine, and Saddlers Row North in Bristol WI.

Saddlers Row North also has a Consignment area where I've found some super nice items.
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I have never heard of anyone putting half chaps over cowboy boots: I think that the contour/fit of the two items would clash. Half chaps are means to fit over breeches (or jeans) and paddock boots, all of which are snug. I have never worn cowboy boots, but don't they don't look to have the same fit.

I would suggest investing in a cheap pair of paddock boots and halfchaps.

Black is definitely the "in" color right now, but either black or brown will suit your purposes just fine.
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I was going to order online the suede ones that my friend has been using, and it has lasted her for years.
Dublin Easy-Care Half Chaps | Dover Saddlery
This is the pair that I bought that the zipper fell off the first time I washed them (as per the directions) and suffered much more wear than they should have with a couple of years of riding in them maybe once a month. Maybe that's a sure sign that they aren't truly "washable", but amount of wear associated with the light use they got makes me not recommend them. They would probably be great as a starter pair if you don't want to spend big bucks on half chaps (especially if you're wanting to replace both boots and chaps and want to have matching colors), but at $37 you're almost half way to the cost associated with a much nicer pair that will serve you for many more years to come.

However, it is probably worth noting that these are super stretchy in the calf. If you're looking for a starter pair of half chaps that you can buy in the color of your current boots and then replace if you decide to get your paddock boots in another color this may be the way to go. You could always keep them around as a spare pair if they hold up, and this may be your best bet for having your half chaps fit over cowboy boots. The friend of mine that wears cowboy boots with half chaps has ones similar to these (not this brand though, hers have fringe ) and I guess the stretchiness enables them to fit over the boot. I never even noticed that she wore the two together until very recently!
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I've never heard of wearing half chaps over Western boots before. I think it would be pretty uncomfortable and look strange because half chaps are meant to fit over breeches and short boots. You could probably get synthetic leather paddock boots (I think Saxon and TuffRider sell some) for under $35.

I bought Dublin Half Chaps - Comfort Suede Original | Dover Saddlery last fall in black. They broke in pretty quickly and are pretty durable - all the stitching is in tact and the zippers work fine. They don't do much to help my grip or keep my legs cool/warm, however. I just wear them for the look of the tall boot now.

I recently got a used pair of brown leather Ariats that I borrowed from a friend one day and loved. They are grippy and keep my legs warm, however they are not very breathable and were more expensive. They match my Ariat work boots so I wear them on days that I have to ride and work.

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This is the pair that I bought that the zipper fell off the first time I washed them (as per the directions) and suffered much more wear than they should have with a couple of years of riding in them maybe once a month. Maybe that's a sure sign that they aren't truly "washable", but amount of wear associated with the light use they got makes me not recommend them. They would probably be great as a starter pair if you don't want to spend big bucks on half chaps (especially if you're wanting to replace both boots and chaps and want to have matching colors), but at $37 you're almost half way to the cost associated with a much nicer pair that will serve you for many more years to come.

However, it is probably worth noting that these are super stretchy in the calf. If you're looking for a starter pair of half chaps that you can buy in the color of your current boots and then replace if you decide to get your paddock boots in another color this may be the way to go. You could always keep them around as a spare pair if they hold up, and this may be your best bet for having your half chaps fit over cowboy boots. The friend of mine that wears cowboy boots with half chaps has ones similar to these (not this brand though, hers have fringe ) and I guess the stretchiness enables them to fit over the boot. I never even noticed that she wore the two together until very recently!

Yikes, I'm not too thrilled about th look of suede and leather, and I was thrille to find my leather half chaps. :)
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