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    06-27-2011, 02:43 AM
Half chaps

Okay, so I'm going to be one of those weird people trail riding an English saddle in jeans (I am not prepared to even remotely think about how my fat tush would look in a pair of breeches, regardless of how comfortable they would be...plus I don't even know if they make them in my size [I'm assuming they do, but not that I can afford, probably]). I have a friend who schools her hunter gelding in jeans and she wears half chaps. So, I'm wondering if getting a pair of half chaps would be a good idea. If they are a good idea, how do I go about sizing them? I have a hard time finding tall boots that fit me because I have large (muscular) calves. Thanks!
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    06-27-2011, 03:10 AM
Half chaps generally have an elastic panel on them, so are very easy to fit, nothing at all like tall boots. Just go try a couple pairs on in the store, or, if buying online, follow the sizing chart.

PS- I trail ride in jeans and an english saddle too!
    06-27-2011, 03:53 AM
I don't know how you can ride in an English saddle without either tall boots or half chaps. Don't the stirrup leathers pinch your calves when you post?

Half chaps!!!! A rooney!
    06-27-2011, 07:46 AM
First of all I trail ride in ANYTHING (old pants, jeans, whatever). Personally I don't see a need for half chaps. Especially on trails. Unless you wanna look cool. I ride in just paddock boots in either ring or on trails (I have tall boots for shows though).
    06-27-2011, 09:40 AM
I make my own half chaps from old leggings, that way I can be sure of the fit! :)
    06-27-2011, 01:31 PM
Tiny, I haven't tried riding in an English saddle yet. We're using an English saddle 'cuz I can't lift a Western saddle up onto Aires' back (tore my rotator cuff a year and a half ago and haven't been able to get it fixed), but I can lift the English saddle just fine. That and I don't like Western saddles (never have, to be honest), so it was either English or Australian and no one had an Aussie saddle I could borrow until I could get one of my own (which won't be until Aires' stops growing because I really don't want to have to buy a new saddle every year ).

Alrighty, so I will get a pair of half chaps. I actually like the way they look and they seem like they'd protect my lower legs from branches and such (had that problem when I went for my last trail ride when I rented a horse from the BO...my legs kept getting snagged by branches 'cuz in places the trail was not quite as wide as the horse I was riding, who wasn't all that wide to begin with).
    06-27-2011, 01:55 PM
I can not ride in my English saddle with out tall boots or half chaps. I too get rub marks from my stirrups leathers.

I almost always ride in jeans (and half chaps).
    06-27-2011, 02:08 PM
Green Broke
When you look at half chaps, most of them will have sizing on them. Most have at least a small elastic panel in them to help with a bit of stretch. You can get all suede, or leather and suede, or all leather. All leather is going to be more expensive then all suede.

If you can, go into the store and try them on. Wear the jeans that you are most likely to wear on the trail, so the half chaps will fit once you get them home.

If you are ordering online, there should be a chart of where you are to measure for an accurate fit.

Now, if the sizing still isn't getting you into a pair, you could always try "Fuller Fillies" brand.
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    06-27-2011, 02:37 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
I can not ride in my English saddle with out tall boots or half chaps. I too get rub marks from my stirrups leathers
Same here. When I started taking dressage lessons, I had to mail-order half-chaps because no local store carried them in my size. By the time they arrived, I had giant, bloody bruises on the insides of both legs.

I'd suggest washable half-chaps if you're going to be trail riding. Much cheaper and way easier to clean all the dirt and dust off of.
    06-27-2011, 02:41 PM
Originally Posted by Delfina    
I'd suggest washable half-chaps if you're going to be trail riding. Much cheaper and way easier to clean all the dirt and dust off of.

I have These. They are easy to get on even with thicker jeans and they are easy to clean.

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