I need help! I started off with a pair of synthetic Ovations (Synergy Field Boot) that finally broke yesterday after only having them for 3 months. The zipper pull totally separated from the track and cost of repairing the zipper is the same as buying the same boot. Literally a 1.5 weeks before my synthetic’s gave out, I just purchased what would be my show boots (during Dover’s $25 off $100+ sale, Tredstep Donatellos) but now since they’re the only boots I have, I’m going to have to use them for schooling and showing…but I would rather have another boot to save for shows.
I’m originally thinking of buying yet another second pair of tall boots to reserve as my show pair/backup schoolies, but now I’m torn between either buying another pair of tall boots or to just save my Donatellos and go to the paddock/half-chaps route to only use for schooling because less $$, can help quiet lower leg, helps with strengthening ankles, yada yada yada…
I did paddocks/half-chaps when I was younger but as a recent returning rider I have been using tall boots. The Donatellos give me great grip compared to the synthetics I was using, I don’t have issues with my ankles collapsing or buckling while riding, do half-chaps do the same as leather tall boots?..Regardless of buying suede, synthetic, or full on leather?
Also, I know most riders who do have multiple pairs of tall boots to usually save the pricier pair for shows and the less pricey one for schooling. I am assuming that the cheaper boot will wear out the fastest because e.g., cheaper materials, not of great quality materials and zippers, etc. compared to pricier pair. Is there such a thing where you wear the better quality, most likely expensive boot for schooling, save the cheaper (but not as ridden in) boots for shows? Or is this just due to personal preference? I was thinking of getting Ego 7s to school in because I’ve read good reviews about them here on COTH and because of how well they’re made, one would think that they would stand up to the rigors of getting ridden in all the time.
Side note: I’m not a pro rider or ammy, I ride 1 horse for about 1.5 hrs about 4-6x a week, sometimes if I want to I ride 2 horses but that usually happens about 2-3x a month. I take a wide width-regular height in boots and I’ve only found a couple of synthetics that will fit me. I could buy the same synthetic boots again but my left calf grew so I can’t fit in their widest option (maybe that’s why they broke LOL) anymore.
TL;DR - I broke my schooling boots after I just bought new boots that I meant to save for shows, and want your opinion on whether I should buy another pair of boots for schooling or if I should buy paddock’s/half-chaps. Also, if I were to go with the tall boot route: would it be more economical for me to invest more for schooling boots since I’m going to be riding in them more, rather than show boots vs than the other way around (like everyone usually does)?
Thanks in advance everyone!