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post #11 of 14 Old 03-12-2011, 06:25 AM
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We wear them. Depends on the season. Chinks are cooler but still offer protection to thorny brush and water dripping of brush along the trail. They stop the wind from penetrating.

In the winter when it's cold, They add a layer of warmth

I've been known to pick up a hoof and trim it while on a ride. Gives me some protection

Sometimes when we are riding in tourist destination, (like Bryce Canyon or Yellowstone) It is as much fun to get dressed up like a cowboy for the attention all the tourist give you. I'm sure there are more photos of me on coffee tables in Europe that I'll ever have for myself.

We just find chinks more comfortable for most of the year and wear the shotguns only during the colder weather..

I can't think of anybody wearing batwings for trail rides. That style is more for the rodeo work.

When I did Enurance races, I wear the half chaps to protect the inner calf from rubbing and getting sore.

Look at what ridding you are doing, and have fun with them. I enjoy mine.
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post #12 of 14 Old 03-12-2011, 11:12 AM
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I have chinks that I wear in the colder seasons around here. For that matter, I also put Taps on my saddle for the same reason. I usually wear tall boots. Now chinks wont protect the lower section of my jeans, but at least the boots protect my legs. I also wear my chinks when I am trimming feet. When it is warm out if I feel I need to protect my legs from rain or brush, I can always throw on my Filson Tin Cloth chaps. I usually wear them when running the beagles in the brush but they work well for in the saddle as well.

Life is like a bronc ride. You gotta hang on, ride it out, and Let er buck!!!!!
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-13-2011, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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Thanx for all of the responses and pics, wish I lived closer to terrain like that, pretty flat here in north Texas, and I agree with everyone in that you wear what you want and let everyone else say what they want. Unless like was said you are wearing them to Wal-Mart and then the laughs are deserved. I am I fan of batwings for the nostalgic look, and I'm a big guy so shotguns probably wouldn't work. And btw, check out and go to rider Gear and then chaps, they have many chaps and most right at 200 or lower
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post #14 of 14 Old 03-15-2011, 10:49 PM
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I am in Arizona, and me and my friends ( women ages 34-70) all ride in either chinks, chaps or 1/2 chaps. I ride in chinks and LOVE them. I used to tear my pants up and get huge bruises on my legs until I started riding in chinks. Now I consider them important gear! I really haven't had a problem with my lower legs getting tore up, but I think that is because I am sort of short so my chinks fit me more like chaps, in other words, they come down longer than they would on a taller person.

I even put elk horn conchos on mine because I love elk and thought the elk horn conchos looked cool.

Gee, I wish I had a photo of me in my chinks but I don't. Come to think of it, I don't have a photo of me on my new horse either, and I've had her over a year now. I better remedy that!

But anyway, nobody would laugh at you in chaps or chinks in Arizona. You would actually fit right in! I would think Texas would be the same way.

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