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ok, this seems like a silly question but i'll give it a go anyway:
Are half chaps acceptable for lower level eventing?
 

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Right, sloppy "half chaps" are not allowed. Nicer boot-style leggings with matching paddock boots are. I encourage my students to wear them on XC. Anyone who has had to have a custom boot pulled off of a broken leg (I threatened to hurt the doctor if he cut it off! LOL!) will encourage it.
 

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My friend wore half chaps on XC once, because she's 12 and didn't own full length boots. She wasn't penalized for it.... it was at a regonized BN show too. *shurgs* maye it's different for some shows? She wore those garterish things in dressage and stadium...
 

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I agree, no 1/2 chaps for Eventing - sorry :(

I grew up in Pony Club and was always taught that tall boots are the only acceptable way to go. Now-a-days, I see so many wearing paddock boots and 1/2 chaps, over jeans...ugh.....I cringe whenever I see that.

I grew up that way though :) It was ingrained in me and always will be.

1/2 chaps are ok for playing around at home at in a lesson, if the coach permits it - but aside from that, you should always dress respectable.
 

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Again, now that two piece boots are allowed, I encourage them for XC. It is just too easy to be injured and need quick removal of legwear. All other phases should have formal boots, IMO.

I like boots and wear three buckle field boots on XC.
 

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For unrated schoolig events, they are fine as long as they look nice and match your paddock boots. For a USEA event beginner novice and up, they are not allowed.
 

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Again, now that two piece boots are allowed, I encourage them for XC. It is just too easy to be injured and need quick removal of legwear. All other phases should have formal boots, IMO.

I like boots and wear three buckle field boots on XC.
Or just get the tall boots that zip up the back, I have a pair of Ariats that do that and they're SO easy to get on and off because of it! :wink:
 

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Hah, sorry about the double-post... laptop fail. =/
AllisonFinch is right, but zip-back boots, like Hoofprints In The Sand said, are a good way to go, too.
 

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If you plan on Eventing, invest in a pair of tall boots. I wear nothing but tall boots with zippers. My favorites are Mountain Horse personally - but you get what is comfortable and what works for you.

I do not encourage paddock boots and 1/2 chaps for CC at all - just a solid tall boot.
 

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thanks, i'm looking at half chaps because i wont say my age... but im still growing and tall boots are a waste of money when they will only fit for 6 months! haha. thanks so much
 

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thanks, i'm looking at half chaps because i wont say my age... but im still growing and tall boots are a waste of money when they will only fit for 6 months! haha. thanks so much
Get some rubber boots then! Until I basically stopped growing I wore rubbertall boots. They are cheap, still look nice, and you can't tell they're rubber until your right next to them. There's nothing wrong with wearing half chaps XC as long as the show allows them. The only time I ride in my tall boots is at shows, everywhere else i wear my half chaps.
 

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Hah, sorry about the double-post... laptop fail. =/
AllisonFinch is right, but zip-back boots, like Hoofprints In The Sand said, are a good way to go, too.
You are right, zip boots are a good decision. I keep forgetting about them. I don't own a pair and I just forgot about them in my original posts. :wink:
 

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No worries :) I know that pull on's are the more traditional, and the majority like them over the zippers. Even my Coach wont use zip up's - but I personally, like them.

I used Paddock Boots and 1/2 chaps for 1 year...well, maybe not even that long. The barn I boarded at, everyone used them - so I thought why not join in, they must be using them for a reason. So I got myself a whole set up - hated them.

I hated sitting down and having to put on the paddock boots, then I had to spend the time getting the blasted 1/2 chaps on - hated that just as much. So I got rid of them.

I bought my first pair of zip up boots - Mountain Horse and was hooked from that day on.

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To the OP - get a good pair of synthetic tall boots - like Saxon Equileather, or go to www.tacktrader.com and look for used boots, or even ebay.
 

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I use the half chaps on an almost daily basis. I live in NC and it can get preety dang hot in the summer. I am able to take the leggings off between riding to let me legs "air" out. Otherwise, I get the prickly heat itchies on my legs.
 

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lol, I cheat over the summer - instead of wearing regular riding tights *I prefer tights over breeches..hate how the button and zipper makes me feel restricted* I wear exercise tights, that you get from walmart.

You know - those thin cotton leggings that have become quite popular again - the style we wore in the 80's? Yep - that's what I wear! I bought a whole pile of them from Walmart this fall, $2.00 each.

I got a bunch of black, brown, grey and navy blue - I even got a hot pink..lol, and a bright blue...lol. Wonder if I could wear those Hunting? ROFL.
 
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