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  • Originally posted by tinah View Post
    So Teddy is the one who outbid me on the breeches, eh? I was wondering if it was a fellow COTHer!
    Can we call dibs on e-bay boots in this thread? ;-)
    I was wondering if I was bidding against a fellow Cother too!

    Lol maybe we should start calling dibs on ebay items here
    Beyond the Ring-para dressage, training, coaching

    Proud Team Four Star Minion! Renegade for Life!


    • Originally posted by magnolia73 View Post
      So... smart pak improved their smart slims- I got a new pair to try and they are 100x more comfortable- the fabric is a bit softer, they improved the ankles tremendously- they got rid of the elastic at the ankle and did a softer finsih that still stays put, and the rise is a good rise for me- not too high, but not low rider either. Definitely gave me some good compression under breeches- looking forward to using them this winter.
      I am SO GLAD to hear this! I bought a pair when they first came out and have only worn them once because they were so uncomfortable (scratchy and the ankle elastic hurt). Everyone else raved about them, so I thought I was just being a pill...apparently not! Can't wait to buy the new-improved version! Thanks for the update!
      "We need a pinned ears icon." -MysticOakRanch


      • I must have the old version of the Smart Slims but I can't fit them under my breeches. They're way too thick. Guess I'll have to stick to my control top pantyhose.
        Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert


        • Buy some of the improved ones, they are divine.


          • I need breeches help!!!! I am a bottom heavy rider! big butt small waist, small top, I want breeches mainly to school in at this point under my full chaps. I put my full chaps on yesterday after about 5 years of not wearing them, they went on over jeans but BARELY!! my Dd had to help me and she was laughing the whole time , i did not find it funny! I think breeches will be thinner and make getting them on easier. I do not like half chaps, and I LOVE my full chaps.
            Any suggestions for breeches that are not too clingy and have a smaller waist and bigger hips? I wear a size 12 or 14 in jeans if that helps you out any!!
            If you are lucky enough to ride, you are lucky enough.


            • Shapelys.


              • Originally posted by *Teddy* View Post
                analise yes ariat runs small even thier boots.
                Yeah, I knew their boots did (I tried a pair on when I was boot searching. It took three people to help me get them off again. Ahem.).
                The Trials and Jubilations of a Twenty-Something Re-rider
                Happy owner of Kieran the mostly-white-very-large-not-pony.


                • Originally posted by analise View Post
                  Yeah, I knew their boots did (I tried a pair on when I was boot searching. It took three people to help me get them off again. Ahem.).
                  Oh my! but I usually can't get my leg in any stock tall boot so i guess im lucky that wont happen. It sucks because I am a fan of ariat boots
                  Beyond the Ring-para dressage, training, coaching

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                  • Yeah, they were just barely too small. Just enough that I could get them on with some tugging but it took a whole lot more tugging to get them off again.

                    This is also why I went for a pair of zip-ups when I found some that fit me (Mountain Horse boots).
                    The Trials and Jubilations of a Twenty-Something Re-rider
                    Happy owner of Kieran the mostly-white-very-large-not-pony.


                    • ok, I have a picture of me and my mare out foxhunting after getting all my womanly sized attire together. Here is a link...http://www.printroom.com/ViewGallery...age_id=1&pos=2


                      • Awesome!

                        Very nice! I have to ask, what boots did you end up with? I have yet to find a pair of tall boots that fit my massive calves.


                        • Simply Red, I actually ended up buying a pair of black paddock boots and some black leather 1/2 chaps. It did the trick for now.


                          • Sim- That's what I do too! Seems to be all i can find. Sigh, why do they make half chaps for giant calves but no tall boots?


                            • I agree.I just really don't want to spend $$$$ money on custom boots at this time. I did find a website called Riders Mall that had the Hispar Boots off the rack in a variety of larger calf sizes. I was a little hesitant about purchasing them though from some of the comments on this thread. They are $240 for the plus size boots. May be worth a try just to see how they were. I think the people that had the problems were people that had gone with the custom option.


                              • There are lots of pairs of Effinghams for sale, some gently used and some NIB that for whatever reason are still virgins - not hard to find in almost every calf measurement. Divine boots. Well worth keeping an eye out on eBay, Tack Trader and Bits & Barter.


                                • Coreene, Thanks for the tip!


                                  • Has anyone tried Smokey Mountain field boots? I tried them on at a local tack shop last summer. They are very soft leather. I have an 18" calf and they fit. The local tack store's web site doens't have them listed anymore. I googled Smokey Mountain boots and found the manufacturer's website. It says they only go up to 17". Maybe they only special order the 18" size. I was shocked that they fit. However, they were too short. I need like a 21.5" boot because I'm very tall. I'd say its worth putting a call into them to check. If I remember correctly they were under $200 and I thought the quality was very nice. For now I have a pair of Devon Aire Camdens with the elastic up the back. I had to take them to a shoe repair place and for $80 had more elastic put into the upper part to make them fit. THey are a couple of inches too short, however I don't do rated shows and I don't have $800 to do custom boots.


                                    • Simbalism- I am one of the people that forked over the money for hispars, got a pair back that are atrocious and no amount of e-mails or calls did any good. So now I'm left with a pair of tall boots that simply are not even the shape of a human leg. I wouldn't even bother trying them, not worth the risk IMHO.

                                      Coreene- I'm going to have to give that a try! Thanks


                                      • Simply Red, Ok that is good to know. I knew I had read in some of the earlier threads about problems. I won't even consider them then. I got a pair of 1/2 chaps from Arete as mentioned in one of the first few threads and they look pretty good.


                                        • I bought Petries boots (the least expensive ones) from Dressage Extensions (DE). I called them up (I have 17 inch calves) and told them what I needed - that size is not in their catalog - plus specified I wanted zippers. Viola - boots that fit perfectly.

                                          And DE is VERY easy and nice to deal with - they get quite a bit of my business just by showing that the customer does count!
                                          Now in Kentucky