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free_sprtd 01-28-2009 01:16 AM

Ladies Boots English? plz help
So I have been taking Dressage lessons and my western boots just aint cuttin it. I have bruises on my legs from where the metal was rubbing because my jeans kept riding up. I would like to get something a bit more comfortable, affordable, and possibly offline. I was told to go to and I did, and guess what, I'm very overwhelmed! I was told that a pair of paddock boots and half chaps would suit just fine, but I have no idea what brand or style would be best. Please give me some advice. I'd like to order in the next day or two so I can have them in a couple lessons from now.

horsegirl123 01-28-2009 06:57 AM

I wear leather paddock boots from the local tack shop. The brand is called Tuff Rider. I also wear half chaps (some people call them chapettes.)

You can also get synthetic boots for less $ than leather, and you don't have to get half chaps. People regularly wear half chaps when they don't have jodhpurs or breeches and they wear the half chaps over their jeans for protection. I do have jodhpurs though, and I just mostly wear the half chaps for comfort.

Usually if you are under 18 you wear jodhpurs and paddock boots, and if you are over 18 years old you wear breeches and long leather (or synthetic) boots but it doesn't really matter in my opinion.

You can also get a recommendation from a tack shop if you have one nearby, although I must warn you, the people who work at a tack shop regularly try to get you to pay more or get more than really needed. Although sometimes they can be really helpful. :)

You can also shop online, but you must know your daughter's foot size because it isn't safe if they don't fit right. A good way to break boots in is to put a hockey puck in both of the boots, and leave it in for several hours and when you take them out they should be broken in pretty well.

BTW my boots were about $100 and my half chaps were about $30.

Here are my recommendations:
Ladies' Ariat Cobalt-XR Devon Pro Paddock Boots - Dover Saddlery

Victory Canter English Tack & Apparel - Youth Apparel - Breeches - Pull On Jods - Tuff Rider Youth Cotton Embroidered Pull On Jodhpur
(Lol, I love the jodhpurs, they have little horses on the back! This is the pair I have!)

I hope I helped! Good luck boot shopping! :)

horsegirl123 01-28-2009 07:00 AM

Lol, i'm sorry. I was just reading my post and noticed I said a few things like "daughter" and I know these boots would be for you. I copied and pasted this from another post I made in the English Boots thread. It was so long that I didn't want to re-type it so sorry! :)

Eolith 01-28-2009 09:12 AM

Ariat is definitely my favorite brand. I usually wear paddock boots and half chaps... though I think I'll need to switch over to the tall boots soon. :P That's beside the point though.

The boots horsegirl gave the link to definitely look really good, but it sounds to me like you might prefer something a little less pricey. Just something that I have noticed; Dover Saddlery typically has ultra high-quality but pricey items. is on the other side of the spectrum with cost-effective items that may not last as long. Stateline Tack tends to be a good middle of the road between the two, but there are always exceptions.

With that said, I'll list out a few options from all of the sites with differing prices etc:
Boots: Saxon - Ladies Zip Up Equileather Paddock Boots -
Chaps: Dublin Easy Care Half Chaps Adult -

Stateline Tack
Boots: Equistar Leather Paddock Boots
Sazon Ladies Equileather Lace Paddock

Chaps: Dublin Ladies Suede Half Chaps (there is a sizing chart you can reference)

Dover Saddlery
Boots: Ariat Heritage II Lace Paddock Boots - Dover Saddlery

As you may have noticed, the options are limitless. Sometimes the sites have reviews given by people who have bought the items which are handy to read.

horsegirl123 01-28-2009 09:54 AM

Eolith, I really like the chaps from Dover Saddlery that you posted. I think those are the same ones that I posted except a different pic of them. I have them and they are very comfortable. I got them from a local tack shop and they were $30 so i'm not sure why they are so expensive on the site.

horsegirl123 01-28-2009 09:56 AM

free_sprtd, if you want me to post any pics of me wearing them just say so.

appylover31803 01-28-2009 11:35 AM

I have a pair of paddock boots (ariat size 9) that I'm no longer using, and I also have a pair of full seat breeches (size 28) that don't fit me.

Paddock boots are a great boot to start out with. They are usually less expensive than tall boots and they get the job done. IF/when you get more serious about dressage, you can get dress boots(they're tall boots)

PoptartShop 01-28-2009 12:07 PM

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I wear Devon-Aire field boots; at a size 9. :) I got them at Dover Saddlery. They are comfortable, & easy to clean (I got polish). Field/paddock boots are the way to go first.

IrishRider 01-28-2009 12:17 PM

For schooling I typically wear jeans, paddock boots and half chaps. My paddock boots are Equistar and they cost around $35. They lasted me more than two years of constant wear and tear almost every day so I'd say they were pretty good, especially for the money. I have Elite half chaps which run about $80-90 and are a very good quality leather. They run a tad small so you might have to get a size up but I love them!

If you get more serious and/or decide to show, you'll need to invest in a pair of tall dress boots and some breeches.

free_sprtd 01-28-2009 04:46 PM

THANK YOU GUYS SOOOO SOOOO MUCH!! That's exactly what I needed :) you guys are awesome-o!

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