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SaratogaTB 05-02-2011 12:59 PM

Need Show Advice ASAP
My OTTB and I are in our first show of 2011 this coming weekend. We've been working great together and even jumping courses.

When I ride on any regular day, I wear my super comfortable paddock boots and half chaps. My leg stays put and I feel strong and comfortable. Now, fast forward to show day.....

I have really comfortable show boots (Mountain Horse). I show english equitation and hunter/jumper. So, when I wear my show boots, I never feel as "solid" as I do with my half chaps. sometimes I can ever hear my leather boot sqeak against the saddle. Its not like my leg is all over the place, but I'm just not as consistently well positioned.

Are there any ways to get that "half chap" feeling in show boots?

I know that one of the best things is to start wearing the boots more often, so it doesnt feel as different on the day of the show. I definitely plan to do that. But I am just wondering if anyone has dealt with this in any other way.

One thought I had was full-seat breeches. Are those allowed in a show? My breeches only have suede on the knee.

farmpony84 05-02-2011 01:04 PM

The best advice is to ride in your breeches and your boots before a show. I know, not cool. I personally don't even use my english saddle unless I am showing so I know what you are talking about!

Cleaning your saddle and oiling it really well will give it a tacky feel and then there is a spray, I think it's called sporty stick or something like that. You can spray it on your boots and that will make them sticky. I've never used it, I have a lot of friends that show in the hunt realm and they never leave home without it......

I bet it leaves a sticky film on your boots though.

As for the full seet breeches I would check the rules. I THINK they are legal in dressage but NOT legal in hunt....

kitten_Val 05-02-2011 01:20 PM

FP is talking about something like this:

Alwaysbehind 05-02-2011 01:21 PM

The only way to make your boots feel as comfy as your half chaps is to force yourself to ride in them more often.

And yes, it sucks.

ErikaLynn 05-02-2011 01:23 PM

this stuff...

Dover Saddlery | Pharmaka Sporty Sit-Tite Spray .

I never heard of it until this past weekend, but I heard it works great.

SaratogaTB 05-02-2011 01:45 PM

Great advice! I have a can of sit-tight on hold for me at Dover now! Even a little bit to just stop the dam squeak of boots against saddle will be so helpful.

Thanks for this valuable advice.And yes, I will also wear the boots more often so I am more comfortable in them.:-|

upnover 05-02-2011 04:04 PM

I know exactly what you're talking about and i hate it! My half chaps were a lot more comfortable then my tall boots. Half chaps are just a lot softer so you have a better feel and tighter grip. Everything everyone said was right, wear them more so they'll get softer. Use the sticky spray (just a quick shot on your calf right before you go in the ring) so you have a bit extra stick. But if you're still really unhappy you may have to consider getting a softer pair of tall boots. Unfortunately this often means they're a little more expensive....

Full seats aren't traditional in the hunter/eq ring but they aren't forbidden. If it makes you feel that much better I say go for it. The "euro seat" (which has knee patches AND a seam that looks like a full seat) is in right now so I imagine they're even more acceptable then before.

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