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cheply 08-25-2009 06:26 PM

whats the difference between a gaiter and a half chap?
whats the difference between a gaiter and a half chap? :-P

vivache 08-25-2009 06:28 PM

Gaiters go on horses. :P

cheply 08-25-2009 06:36 PM

what? no. not from what I'm seeing.


half chap:

Both are from google images.

I just want to know what the heck the difference is. Why are they two separate things?

vivache 08-25-2009 06:42 PM

I think it's the UK version of halfchaps.

This is what I think of when I hear Gaiter:
Boa Horse Boot Gaiter Horse Supplies - Shanes Tack

cheply 08-25-2009 06:56 PM

hmm perhaps you are right.
But a lot of websites have both, in separate sections.
I was thinking maybe gaiters are the only ones to have zips up the back?
Or I thought maybe gaiters were not made of flexible leather like half chaps.

Hard to tell from pics.

xLaurenOscarx 09-13-2009 05:22 PM

I used to think gaiters and half chaps were the same but they're not

gaiters are leather and go higher up the leg and have a curve up at the top like the picture.
half chaps are straight cut at the top.
i'm not quite sure why they're so different because in the BHS exam im doing in november it says no half chaps but gaiters are acceptable.

xLaurenOscarx 09-13-2009 05:23 PM

Gaiters aren't for the horse though unless they're different then the ones in ireland and england
they're just like half chaps

wild_spot 09-13-2009 07:31 PM

In AUS, Gaiters are full leather, and smoothout. Chaps are normally synthetic, or if leather, usually roughout or suede.

gaiters are allowed in PC competition, but chaps are not.

luvs2ride1979 09-14-2009 09:04 AM

Gaiters = Looks like tall boots when on.

Half chaps = looks like chaps ;-).

US Gaiters = used in horse hoof boots to keep sand/dirt out of the boot and protect the fetlock from rubbing.

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