• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Field vs. Dress boots

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Field vs. Dress boots

    At what level should I run out and buy dress boots? I show in my field boots right now, and am wondering when I need to lay out the cash for dress boots. I am now exclusive dressage, but I'd rather put off the expense of new boots as long as I can. Thanks!

  • #2
    I'm not worrying about wearing dressboots until I get a shad.

    It's still legal then to wear fields, but, tradition and all that.

    Meanwhile, I have a pair, but since I wrecked my knee, getting them off is the issue... so fields it is.

    No one really even notices, not to mention cares--except the rider of course. And one of my favorite, favorite riders in NEDA growing up had a bad knee, and I remember so vividly her wearing field boots with her gorgeous real black dressage frock (back when most wore hunt jackets) and top hat, right up through to FEI... Back then 3rd & 4th were pretty rare sights--and it's just a funny little detail I remember seeing those really fancy tests. She looked so cool. I wanted field boots too.
    InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

    Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


    • #3
      I think you will really find you ride a lot better in nice stiff dress boots. I can't explain the why or the how, but its just amazing. I recommend the Ariat Maestros (without the zipper up the back) for a good cheap dress boot, you can often find them on sale in the $300 range.


      • #4
        I agree with this! I love my fieldboots to death.. as anyone can tell when they see them. but I LOVE riding in my dress boots if I am not jumping or going for a hack!

        Originally posted by cute_lil_fancy_pants_pony View Post
        I think you will really find you ride a lot better in nice stiff dress boots. I can't explain the why or the how, but its just amazing. I recommend the Ariat Maestros (without the zipper up the back) for a good cheap dress boot, you can often find them on sale in the $300 range.
        I have been trying to find a pair on sale in my size to replace my old ones that really are no longer suitable for the ring... unfortunately I can't find any 8.5 RT... do you know of any?


        • #5
          Here you go:

          Your Welcome. :-)


          • #6
            Without the zipper, but size 9.



            • #7
              Not in your size but may help others:



              • #8
                you rock!!!
                I think I must be the worst searcher ever!!! I knew about the ones on Dressage extensions..but hadn't found any others


                • #9
                  At the barn I have an old pair of dress boots.....very much worn and kind of floppy in the ankles. They are older than dirt but I love them. I'm not exclusive Dressage but when I show Hunt Seat I often wear my Feild boots. Mostly for comfort over fashion. I only wear them like 4 or 5 times a year so they stay nice and clean.
                  Take time to stop and smell the flowers.

                  Don't poke the Bear!


                  • #10
                    I wore field boots down the center line with my shad at Rolex. My Dress boots wouldn't fit and I hated them anyway. Sold them on ebay shortly after that and have never looked back. Treat yourself when you can, but don't go in debt for some silly "rule". FWIW, I was always told 2nd level.


                    • #11
                      The main thing is that your boots fit WELL.

                      I wore my field boots even competing at I1.

                      I now have a pair of dress boots as well.

                      NO ONE EVER commented on my field boots. EVER. Except to comment on how well they fit. (They are custom.)


                      • #12
                        dress boots are not required, they are a convention. Field boots are fine at any level

                        Buy them when your field boots get so worn they just are not good enough for show

                        I like my Petrie Anky boots, a good value
                        -- * > hoopoe
                        Procrastinate NOW
                        Introverted Since 1957