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Horsejumper95 asked in PetsHorses · 1 decade ago

Riding Boots?

I am new at riding hunter jumper, and don't know whick boots to buy. Should i buy field boots, or tall plain boots, or should I use chaps?

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    Okay, if you're riding hunt seat, you either can wear tall field boots, paddock boots, and wear paddock boots with half chaps. I have even see people wear field boots with half chaps. I would suggest getting s cheap pair of paddock boots, and half chaps. if you goet field boots, the leather against leather on your saddle will wear down you saddle and your boots. Save expensive field boots for the ring. Also, it takes a long time to break in tall boots, and can be very uncomfortable on a daily basis. The good side to some people is that you have a "stick" from the two leathers. you do not want to depend on that bond, rather build up your muscle and devolop balance and strength. If you really want to get high up in competition, make sure you're in shape. I am not saying losing weight, as a saddle seat rider, i have had big issues with other riders being skinnier than me. I am an ex-hunt seat rider, but I still jump reguarly. I would suggest some cheap Dublin boots such as these, rather than Araits for show. I prefer lace up, foer better adjustment, and seude half chaps. but it's all about preference.

    here are some paddock boots

    http://www.millerharness.com/search.asp?ss=paddock...

    and half chaps

    http://www.millerharness.com/search.asp?ss=half+ch...

    fleid boots

    http://www.millerharness.com/search.asp?ss=field+b...

    here are some more boots in a saddleseat catalog, but they also carry qualitly hunt seat items

    http://www.hartmeyer.com/catalog.asp?action=showgr...

    http://www.hartmeyer.com/catalog.asp?action=showgr...

    oh and the equi grip half chaps on this page are what i have and ride in; even my saddleseat insrtuctor loves them, and half chaps are a hunt-seat thing! LOL!

    http://www.goldenroyal.com/english_apparel5.php

    Source(s): experience o from riding
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    For schooling, I would stick with paddock boots and half chaps until you are sure you want to pursue hunter/jumper. (Some riding schools require tall boots, but I'm assuming you would already know if this is the case). For competition, I personally LOVE field boots. I think they are just a bit more comfortable than hunter dress boots. I school in paddock boots and half chaps, and switch to field boots at shows. I'm partial to Ariat for both paddock and field boots, as well as half chaps.

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  • Greg B
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    1 decade ago

    Mostly its a matter of personal preference. I like field boots because they give me more ankle support than dress boots. But I need the ankle support because I have a bad ankle. Some like the dressy look of the plain tall boots. I only use half-chaps for schooling at home. If you plan to show, I would recommend going with boots of either kind. That way you don't have to buy both until you know you're going to stick with it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If you are new, DON'T go and buy field boots yet!!!! You'd be paying lots of money for lots of pain...

    I recommend that you get Ariat Heritage zipper paddock boots, and pair them with Ariat Close Contact half chaps. They're comfortable, don't get in the way, are easy to put on/take off, and look/feel great! Plus, they stand up to wear and tear much better than many of the other brands I've tried, which is why I love Ariat so much (I'd get them in black...matches everything, looks nice, doesn't show marks as much).

    If/when you DO get field boots (if you're going to be competeing, you'll want them, but don't wear them for schooling so that they look nice for shows), I recommend real leather ZIPPER boots... such as Ariat Crowne Pro field zips...Trust me, zippers are WORTH IT!!! And I wouldn't get them installed into "slip"-ons, because they don't look as nice and are more prone to damage. Originally, I bought the slip on field boots, but after a few near-death/amputation incidents of my friends/family trying to remove them, I had zippers installed...the zippers I had installed didn't have the button at the top, so the zipper always slides down a bit, and the stitching has begun to undo.

    Heritage paddock:http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-383...

    Close-Contact half chaps:http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-351...

    Ariat Crowne Pro field:http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-382...

    I hope this helps!!

    PS: by tall "plain boots" (no laces), I'm guessing you mean dress boots...those are for dressage competitions, and are not traditional show boots for hunter/jumpers.

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  • 1 decade ago

    For shows you will want tall boots, but you can get away with just paddock boots and chaps.

    You shouldnt really invest in tall boots until you haev finished growing and your calf if pretty much done, unless you are like super rich where you can buy boots like that on a daily basis (i personally cant)

    You can wear jodpurs with them or jeans but this depends on where you are riding. When we train in the winter we have the option.

    if you buy Tall boots there are no need for chaps but if you go for the paddock boots i reccomend chaps highly.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I like dress boots (the ones without laces) because they look nicer and if you are going to wear spurs, they don't get caught in the laces, and the laces break all the time on field boots. I would get a pair of tall boots, that way you can use them for shows and everyday work. Then just put them on right as you are going to get on and take them off right when you return to the barn so they stay nice, then get a pair of tennis shoes or barn boots.

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  • 1 decade ago

    you only need to use chaps with jodpour boots.

    for hunter jumper i think you should get boots with a coloured rim round the top, the type jockeys wear because they look very prof, im not american, sorry so i dont know the difference between field or plain boots but dont get rubber, get leather.

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  • 1 decade ago

    these are my boots, they are amazing. they didnt talk a long time to break in and help keep my legs still:

    http://www.statelinetack.com/itemdy00.asp?T1=SLT65...

    paddock boots are good with half chaps but i feel that they really do not support your ankle and leg like field boots do. in response to the answer above, tall boots are fine and you can wear them schooling if you want (i do) but if you want them to look out-of-the-box perfect, then do not wear them. for any beginner shows you are fine though. here are some paddock boots:

    http://www.statelinetack.com/itemdy00.asp?T1=SLT65...

    here are some half-chaps:

    http://www.statelinetack.com/itemdy00.asp?T1=SLT65...

    the plain boots that you asked about are actually dressage boots. don't get them unless you are doing dressage (and it sounds as though you are not).

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  • 1 decade ago

    I would recomment using ariat paddock boots with of cource jodphurs and half chaps. For show when you do start to show you need black tall boots with laces they must have laces part of the "uniform".

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I prefer boots i can use in the pasture aswell, but i like tall boots so mudd etc doesnt get into your boot.

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