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Ohhkierst 07-07-2011 03:46 PM

Chap help!
I bought some western ultra suede chaps they fit my legs with my slimmers under them perfectly, but the waist is so big. even with the belt it isnt small enough.

I have heard about moving the conchos in the back , there are two of them on either side. How do I do that? With a leather punch ? or? I am afraid of ruining them and leaving a terrible hole!


Angel_Leaguer 07-07-2011 03:54 PM

Could you post a picture of the back of your chaps?

Ohhkierst 07-07-2011 04:10 PM

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the conchos are on with flathead screws i think. I have yet to undo them

Angel_Leaguer 07-07-2011 04:38 PM

You can do a couple things. First try taking the strap off by taking off both conchos. The join the chaps together in the back by using just one concho and not using the strap. If that doesn't work you will need to punch a couple of holes in the strap to help pull together in the back. You shouldn't need to cut the leather... I would just leave the slack (run it between you and the chaps... if that makes sense) hope this helps!
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Ohhkierst 07-07-2011 04:43 PM

thank you so much! (makes total sense)
I will try that out.

just a leather hole punch right? I have one that i use for my saddles ..

VelvetsAB 07-07-2011 07:16 PM

How much too big in the waist is it?

If you are going to move the conchos, I would make sure that you measure for hole placement on both sides, just to make sure it stays even. You should also plan to put a few extra holes in the front (where you do the chaps up), just so you have some extra room.

Angel_Leaguer 07-08-2011 08:17 AM


Originally Posted by Ohhkierst (Post 1089021)
thank you so much! (makes total sense)
I will try that out.

just a leather hole punch right? I have one that i use for my saddles ..

Yes a normal leather punch will work great. Just be sure to clean it up a bit to avoid getting any dirt on your chaps :-)

mayfieldk 07-09-2011 12:34 AM

If you compete in horsemanship it's the perfect time to cover the conchos. They stick out like a sore thumb and move with your back--in horsemanship, covered conchos are the way to go.

If you're not, then go right ahead with the bling :)

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