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Celeste 03-05-2012 12:15 PM

What western chaps should I buy?
All you western riders just convinced me that I need to buy some chaps. So specifically, what type should I buy? Anybody have links to specific sites that I can click and order? I don't need show chaps. I want something that will hold my fat rear on the slippery horse. Cool looking would be good as well.

Ink 03-05-2012 12:42 PM

Schneider's Western Chap With Fringe in Chaps at Schneider Saddlery
Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - Shotgun Suede Work Chaps

or search ebay
Chaps | eBay

Corporal 03-05-2012 12:50 PM

Here's the best price I've found:
Tough-1 Suede Leather Western Show Chaps -
I really like the Schneider's chaps, but I'd probably trip on suede that hangs down that far, so I'd not recommend them. =( Maybe you're less of a klutz than me! =b

Ink 03-05-2012 12:57 PM

Yes, Schneiders typically makes good stuff.
I flip the bottoms of my chaps up when I'm on the ground walking around so I don't trip on the drop or get them dirty.

IF you're not planning on showing in them you can always take a good pair of scissors and cut off the extra. It won't hurt them any.

Celeste 03-05-2012 01:02 PM

Some of you women, do most of these work ok on our more curvy figures? A lot of men have skinnier legs and bellies than I do.

Ink 03-05-2012 01:13 PM

It can be hard to find a pair that fit perfectly off the rack. Measure your thigh at the widest part and go off the sizing charts. You can always adjust the waist with a hole punch and screwdriver.

The hobby horse ones are nice because they have elastic in them that gives you a little more give, but they're considerably more.
Hobby Horse Clothing Co. - Adult PMS Split Leather Chaps

They also have a couple of places you can order zip-in inserts to adjust the sizing if you're having trouble with fit.
Hobby Horse Clothing Co. - Elastic Chaps Inserts

FlyGap 03-05-2012 01:19 PM

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I'd order a size up from what you think you'll need. But it depends on what type of jeans you wear! I wear loose fitting boot cut jeans not tight wranglers and I have to compensate for that.

Celeste 03-05-2012 01:22 PM

If I put on my old wranglers, they will be tight. If they will go on at all........

Celeste 03-05-2012 01:23 PM

I'll probably get some of those from State Line Tack because they are cheap.

Allison Finch 03-05-2012 02:00 PM

I, personally, don't like full length chaps. They restrict my movement too much. I use tall buckaroo style boots so don't need the extra protection on my lower leg.

I love my "chinks".

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