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  • Does anybody show in half chaps?

    I don't show USDF, just my local recognized. I know it's legal but wondered if anyone out there does it.
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    I'm sure answers will vary by area, but there are a lot of half chaps at our local schooling shows.

    I showed in half chaps while waiting for my custom tall boots to come in, and had I not wanted to show rated shows, no way I would have gotten the tall boots. I'm a tough fit - could only find one custom (Vogel) which seemed suited to my leg shape. While I love the boots, I wouldn't have spent that kind of money if I were only showing locally!
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      I show in my half-chaps. They're full-grain leather, and I'm not sure if you can even tell they're chaps from far away. I just do the local schooling circuit, and I try to minimize my own stress level--hence, no braids, no jacket, no tall boots. Here's a pic:

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/5572328...7627338115549/

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      • #4
        I like the full grained leather ones if you want to go the half chap route, however they usually cost about the same as a regular pair of tall boots. Personally I find the cloth or suede half chaps to be tacky for anything but schooling at home.
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          Pretty JCS. what brand are those? I really think I might forego the whole (new) tall boot thing. I do have a pair if I "have" to wear them but I just like the idea of halfies. Just seems easier and more practical.
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            Agreed Skyedragon. I have the suede ones already for schooling and thought about picking up some nice leather ones for shows, clinics and lessons. The suede ones would be a big no no. Still a bit of a DQ though not completely. lol.
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              Originally posted by Skyedragon View Post
              I like the full grained leather ones if you want to go the half chap route, however they usually cost about the same as a regular pair of tall boots. Personally I find the cloth or suede half chaps to be tacky for anything but schooling at home.
              If only I could find off the rack tall boots that fit. Half chaps are cheaper than custom boots.

              Originally posted by good booie View Post
              Pretty JCS. what brand are those? I really think I might forego the whole (new) tall boot thing. I do have a pair if I "have" to wear them but I just like the idea of halfies. Just seems easier and more practical.
              I'd love to know the brand name too.

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                Originally posted by good booie View Post
                Pretty JCS. what brand are those? I really think I might forego the whole (new) tall boot thing. I do have a pair if I "have" to wear them but I just like the idea of halfies. Just seems easier and more practical.
                Thanks! They're Tredsteps. I already had a pair of old, old suede Tredsteps, but when I decided to start showing this year I bought a pair of full grain ones. I love them!!! I got a deal on them at TOTD so they were only about $70. But I also spent $120 on a new pair of paddock boots to match, so... yeah, not necessarily that much cheaper than tall boots. But worth it for me since I use them for schooling as well.

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                  Originally posted by JCS View Post
                  I show in my half-chaps. They're full-grain leather, and I'm not sure if you can even tell they're chaps from far away. I just do the local schooling circuit, and I try to minimize my own stress level--hence, no braids, no jacket, no tall boots. Here's a pic:

                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/5572328...7627338115549/
                  Do the leather half chaps "adjust" to fit?
                  What paddock boots do you wear?

                  I have a hard time getting off the rack tall boots to fit. In the past have had semi-custom field boots. Nowadays, tho, I can't afford the huge price tag, so thought that half chaps with lace up paddocks might be the answer.
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                    Originally posted by Antaeus View Post
                    Do the leather half chaps "adjust" to fit?
                    What paddock boots do you wear?

                    I have a hard time getting off the rack tall boots to fit. In the past have had semi-custom field boots. Nowadays, tho, I can't afford the huge price tag, so thought that half chaps with lace up paddocks might be the answer.
                    These ones don't really adjust. I know some of the Tredsteps have an elasticized panel so they kind of form to your leg, but these ones don't (they're TrimLines). They do fit snug. My problem with tall boots is that I have a really narrow calf, so with a correct calf size and foot size, I can't get my foot through the ankle of the boot easily. Half chaps solve that problem.

                    I'm wearing the Tredsteps with Ariat zip paddock boots. They're both dark brown, and they match quite well.

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                      Thanks JCS. Just last night I was looking through the latest Dover catalog and was really eyeballing the Treadsteps. I am lucky enough to have a Dover store nearby so may need to take a trip
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                        Originally posted by JCS View Post
                        These ones don't really adjust. I know some of the Tredsteps have an elasticized panel so they kind of form to your leg, but these ones don't (they're TrimLines). They do fit snug. My problem with tall boots is that I have a really narrow calf, so with a correct calf size and foot size, I can't get my foot through the ankle of the boot easily. Half chaps solve that problem.

                        I'm wearing the Tredsteps with Ariat zip paddock boots. They're both dark brown, and they match quite well.
                        Your half chaps look really good Obviously you had the same thoughts as I did. I decided for me that half chaps and Ariat Paddock Boots will be fine. I use them for schooling and everything. Its so comfortable and after my ride I just zip them off... With the tall boots it was always complicated to get out, when the boots were sweaty.....
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                          I show in half chaps as well, also Tredsteps. They are about 10 years old... Tredstep Galloway Gaitors, the paddock boots are also Tredsteps. Same age on both boots and half chaps. LOVE them.

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                            It is not uncommon for riders in our area to wear half-chaps at schooling shows - even FEI level riders.

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                              It's common here, too. I do it if I'm going to be riding a horse or two and also coaching, because I think one pair of half chaps I own actually looks better than my comfortable schooling tall boots (they're the clunky Mountain Horse kind, not their Sportives or whatever the more streamlined ones) and my show boots are terribly uncomfortable for standing around in.

                              I've done it when I'm just riding, too. I usually only ride in schooling shows on young horses, so I wind up spending a lot of time hand walking and standing around holding the wild beastie. Comfort definitely trumps style for me in those situations.
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                              • #16
                                I show at USDF shows at Training and First in leather paddock boots and half chaps. No one has ever commented.

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                                  Originally posted by JCS View Post
                                  Thanks! They're Tredsteps. I already had a pair of old, old suede Tredsteps, but when I decided to start showing this year I bought a pair of full grain ones. I love them!!! I got a deal on them at TOTD so they were only about $70. But I also spent $120 on a new pair of paddock boots to match, so... yeah, not necessarily that much cheaper than tall boots. But worth it for me since I use them for schooling as well.
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                                  • #18
                                    my Ariat Concord half chaps are similar to the Tredsteps mentioned above, and I've gotten some nice compliments on them. My dad saw them in pictures and was convinced I'd gotten tall boots.

                                    http://www.hitchingposttack.com/serv...f-Chaps/Detail

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                                    • #19
                                      Rock those half chaps, Sizz!
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                                      • #20
                                        I show in mine because I hate my Petrie tall boots. I've got a pretty high anxiety mare and I HAVE to be able to move my leg. Just can't do it well in the stiff tall boots.

                                        I'm looking to get new ones soon and I like the ones cadance posted. I currently have Ariats that are leather on the outside and suede panel on the inside but no spanish top and they zip up the outside. I want something like those concordes by ariat as they look more like tall boots.

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