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post #1 of 11 Old 04-04-2011, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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Chaps...

Ok... so there are like full on western chaps... and then half chaps... I was thinking about possibly getting a pair of chaps, but full chaps are a little out there for me and I won't be doing any showing. I was just thinking about getting a pair of half chaps for trail riding and lessons...but I know they are usually used just for english riding.

What is your opinion on half chaps and western riding? Is it even a good idea? What do you usually wear under them?

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-04-2011, 04:26 PM
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Well, if you're not planning on showing, you can really just mix and match to your little heart's desire! Whatever floats your boat. I've personally never tried them, so hopefully someone with more experience can help you out.

Wear half chaps over jeans and boots (cowboy boots too).

What's the main purpose behind getting them? That may help you decide between chaps, chinks, and half chaps too.
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post #3 of 11 Old 04-04-2011, 04:30 PM
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I have half chaps and ride western. I use them mainly in lessons to keep the cuff of my jeans from interfering with the stirrup. Also, I wear them when it's hot enough to wear shorts, so my skin doesn't get pinched. I love 'em, very comfy and they somehow make me feel more secure if that makes any sense lol.

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post #4 of 11 Old 04-04-2011, 04:34 PM
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I wear a pair of half chaps in the winter when im penning. They are so warm! Our winters get pretty cold so any thing to help keep warm im all for!
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post #5 of 11 Old 04-04-2011, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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The weather here in Michigan can be pretty unpredicable. Lol So keeping my legs warm is a big plus. Also I like the idea of keeping my pants out of the way and clean... so I might just invest in a pair.

I noticed there are "schooling" half chaps w/ velcro. Would those be best? They are made out of leather suede.
Suede Schooling Half Chaps - Statelinetack.com

Or there are these zipper ones that look nice: (synthetic suede)
Dublin Easy Care Half Chaps - Statelinetack.com

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post #6 of 11 Old 04-12-2011, 04:46 PM
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Its really up to you. As far as riding, unless you are having problems holding on, you really don't need them. Full chaps are used in show ring. Again its up to you :)

One thing I've learned working with horses: You can FORCE a horse to do something on a tight rein and he might do what you ask or you can TEACH a horse to do something on a loose rein and he will do it willingly with his heart.
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post #7 of 11 Old 04-12-2011, 06:23 PM
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Well, here they are used for MANY reasons; brush, briars, and general things like a horse biting, a bull swiping at you, etc. There are chink, shotgun, and batwing chaps. I use shotgun (full) but its all personal preference, depending on what works best for what you are doing. If you ever get used to them, you'll never want to be without them!

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I tell ya, ride through a bunch of thick mesquite trees chasing cows without them, and with them... you'll for sure never wanna be without them!

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post #9 of 11 Old 04-13-2011, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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I tell ya, ride through a bunch of thick mesquite trees chasing cows without them, and with them... you'll for sure never wanna be without them!


Sounds like a good idea when it's really hot out and you wanna wear shorts or capri pants, but don't want you legs getting attacked by trees and bushes on the trail. Lol

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post #10 of 11 Old 04-13-2011, 03:32 PM
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I ride in half chaps a lot. I especially have a pair of skinny jeans I wear sometimes and I wear the half chaps over my boots. I love them! Especially on team penning nights they kept my calves warm, and there were a couple of times when I got my leg caught on something and I definitely was glad I have them.

However, I really do love my full chaps too. I wear them when dealing with range cows and during shows and I love them too.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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