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post #1 of 24 Old 05-08-2017, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Question Half chaps or tall boots?

Wondering if using half chaps or tall boots are better? I'm riding english.

I'm going to buy proper riding boots anyway, but I have to decide whether to buy paddock boots to use with half chaps, or just buy tall boots.

Also, are these heels okay? Or do the heels always have to be a distinct block?

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A few things can come into account,

What type of riding, competing, hacking,
Price is a big one, Tall boots are very expensive,
Personal preference some prefer the other,

I think half chaps are great, inexpensive, protect your leg and also can leg great as well.

I just got a pair of half chaps, they were on sale for I think $40? Real leather, look great (when I have clean boots) comfortable, and protect me from getting pinched by my stirrup etc.
For me, I don't compete right now, and if I ever start to, it'll only be small so can easily get away with just using them and saves me forking out $500+ on boots :)
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Riding english, and just for fun for now. I may jump in the future, but that will be a long time later! And even then, it'll probably just be for fun. I just took 3 lessons from scratch so far.

So it does sound like I'll just use half chaps and short boots haha

Also, I added this later on in my first post, but are these boots okay? Or are the heels wrong? Madison Ankle Boot | Women's Clearance SALE | Aerosoles

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I've worn both and I honestly prefer half chaps. They are softer and I can feel the horse more. They're cooler when it's hot because I can take the chaps off while I groom, etc. However, it's pain to put 4 things on my feet/legs instead of 2 (as with boots). I'm sometimes lazy and I just wear paddock boots & tall socks and no chaps, but most people don't like that feeling it seems.

Boots designed for riding do feel differently than fashion boots, like what you posted. You can find paddock boots for a similar price. If you don't want to spend a lot, Saxon makes a line of paddock boots that are cheap. If you really want to save, they make a fake leather version that both my kids have worn. They don't hold up like leather, but for my kids' growing feet, they wore out about the same time my kids needed the next size.
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The heels on those Aerosoles boots are way too gradual. The idea is to have something that will block your foot from getting lodged in the stirrup. Those look like they could slide right in and get stuck!

The other thing is, you're going to want a fairly stiff sole for support. Riding in soles that are too soft and bendy is pretty uncomfortable and will fatigue your feet.

There are a lot of fairly affordable paddock boots on the market now -- no worse than you'd pay for a reasonably decent pair of non-riding boots, anyhow.

As for me, I have some nice leather half chaps that are great. I keep them clean and well conditioned, and apply lots of a beeswax-based conditioner to the insides, which helps them stay in place against the saddle flap. I also have a pair of tall leather boots that I JUST bought but that I haven't busted out yet because it's been too muddy and I'm all "MY PRECIOOOUUSSSSSS" about them.
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I've just started taking lessons as well. I'm on number five this week. I bought a pair of faux leather paddock boots on Amazon for $40. So far they are working great and they even kept my feet dry when I had to trudge through ankle deep mud to catch a horse.
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Mountain Horse Ice Rider for cold-weather riding (they are lined and waterproof except for the zipper), Ariat Terrain boots and half chaps in warm weather. As I only do casual riding, often involving water, mud, snow, or ice, I will never own a pair of leather tall boots.
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One is not better than the other for riding, it's your preference and budget. I used half chaps for a while, they were ok, but I bought some new boots for showing so my old tall boots became my everyday riding ones. Honestly, I prefer tall boots to paddock boots and half chaps. The boots you posted are not riding boots, they are streetwear, get proper paddock boots.

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Cool, thanks for the thoughts guys! I'm going out to find some paddock boots now at the riding store then, and hopefully they fit LOL. The boots I'm wearing now are also "fashion" boots and the cloth around the ankle is too loose, making an uncomfortable bump in the half chaps.

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Originally Posted by redshepherd View Post
I'm going out to find some paddock boots now at the riding store then, and hopefully they fit LOL.
If you find paddock boots you like at the store, you may be able to find them cheaper somewhere online. I know the one store near me is much more expensive than a lot of the online retailers.

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