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    half chaps, suede or leather ?!

    It'S Not really tack, but I guess it's humain tack. LOL

    So after being a western ridder for about 20 years ... I will start english ridding lessons next week. I've been looking for half chaps and they are made in leather or suede. I was wondering what you prefer. What are the goods / bads of each . thanks to help me make my choice.


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    Ok so I used to swear by leather chaps. I would never use suede. They wiped down clean and they look more professional imo. They matched my boots and looked sleek. I had the ariat close contacts. Now that I switched to suede I have trouble going back to leather. I got a pair of ariat suede half chaps for $35 brand new and thought I would try them. Though they are hard to clean, they wear so well. They are grippy, easier to get on, and really look good. I also don't worry about cracking or the leather streaching so bad. Really impressed.
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    I have a pair of Ariat Terrain, are they ok for english ridding or should I invest in a new pair of boots ?


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    You can ride in those but there might be a hard time haveing half chaps fit over them. Get suede with those boots for more give.
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    Leather. Suede is usually too thin and doesn't look as good. Plus, some shows let you wear boots / half chaps (they call them leggings, I think) if they look like tall boots.

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    In Canada you can wear half chaps as long as the colour matches your boots, black or brown. If you plan on showing I would suggest leather ones. But for anything else go with what you like the feel of. I have a pair of cheap suede and elastic ones. They've done the job really well for the last 6 years, the last 2 having been consistent riding of at least once a week or more.

    The fit is pretty important though. Make sure they come up to your knee, like a tall boot would. They should also be quite tight to prevent them from falling down. That was the one thing I made the mistake on when I bought mine was they were too big. They slide down even with jeans on. Not to the point where they would slide off or anything but enough to be annoying.
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    I'm only planining on doing lessons. Not showing. I think I'll go to the tack store insthead of shopping online.... Don't want to buy and the fit is not good...


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    Quote Originally Posted by biancaduplain View Post
    I have a pair of Ariat Terrain, are they ok for english ridding or should I invest in a new pair of boots ?
    I have those too and i can wear half chaps over them. I stopped wearing regular paddock boots after every pair fell apart after a few months. I've had my terrains for like three years now
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    Even if you find a pair you like you can then shop online and see if you can get a deal. Often though the shipping counteracts the saving though. Lol.
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    Suede! I just got an Easy_Care Dublin(somethign or another, lol) pair. I love them. They are grippy, look nice, and when they get dirty I just through 'em in the wash

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