I'm not entirely sure if this is the correct section for this post, but I figured I'd give it a whirl. Please let me know if it is in the incorrect section so I can have it moved/deleted. :3
Well, I had bought these cheap Ovation half chaps when I first began getting lessons back in late April due to recommendations from the tack shop/supply owner (she was simply trying to save me money because "if I didn't stick with riding a month down the road, there would be no need in having $150 half chaps"). And everyone knows the general rule of thumb, "you get what you pay for". So within the past couple months, my half chaps began getting holes in them right above where they sit on top of my boots and the zippers entirely broke (to the point I had to Macgyver them with multiple ponytail holders going up and down my leg to be sure they'd stay on during my ride).
So with my first show coming up in a matter of days, I went out and bought a new pair of half chaps. I bought them only five days ago and in the store they were snug on my calf but a bit short. I figured for only a small schooling show, they'd do for now and I'd custom order some (since that seems to be what I'm going to have to do for my awkward long, skinny legs >.>) around Christmas time as a gift to myself. So I came home with a decent pair of chaps (I think they're "Elite" brand) that didn't fit quite up to standards, but decent enough. So I decided to use them for the first time today to "break them in" and as soon as I began riding, I felt a sharp pain on the inside of my left leg right where the top of the chaps met my leg (I guess it was either a rubbing or pinching kind of thing). *I'll include a picture to further show where the pain was*
*NOTE: The pain was on the inside of the leg. I have a much larger bruise from it on the left leg and a small bruise on the right leg (same spots on both legs). Also, the picture taken is with my old Ovation chaps.
I guess why it caught me off guard was because my old ones never caused me any trouble (until they began falling apart, that it) and definitely never any physical pain. I really don't want to have a sharp pain on my leg through my entire show this upcoming Sunday if I don't have to and I don't have time during the day to buy new ones (not this week anyways).
My big question is...
What would cause my chaps to do that to my legs? They do seem a teensy bit shorter than my Ovations were but they're both "talls"... Could I have possibly been doing something with my riding that would have caused it (my instructor said I had a pretty good ride though so I'm not entirely sure). I'm just lost on why my chaps did that/what I was doing to cause it and possible ways to prevent it--or if I should just buy new ones soon? :3
I've blabbed for quite some time... Thanks to all that I have read my ridiculously long post and to those that're willing to help!