I like wearing them in the winter especially, of if I know I am going to be riding a horse that I need a little bit of extra "glue" for lol :lol: I have a basic pair of western chaps with the fringe on them; still good enough for the small shows that I do but they dont look out of place on the trail.I definantly wouldnt want to wear them on eighty degree days though :-(
I ride english and wear chaps... we're quite the sight when we're schooling cross country and running through dressage tests!
They're the kind with the fringe down the leg, big conchos, equitation drop, everything. I can be seen riding in them 98% of the time
They make my legs look short, but it's just schooling, so who cares? They're comfortable, great to ride in during the summer, warm in the winter and only cost me $20 brand new. Can't beat it.
When I fit into my chaps , yes. I like to wear shorts in the summer (I'm always too warm) and wearing my chaps over is very comfy. Plus, when I stop to rest and have a bite to eat, off come the chaps and I'm perfectly temp controlled!
When I don't fit into my chaps, I'm a jeans girl. I like jeans with the stretch in them for that extra comfort.
I wear mine when it is really cold outside or the wind chill is very low. Leather chaps cut the wind amazingly and are really warm. I ride western and the only time I don't wear jeans is in the summer when riding bareback on my old broke horses. I actually didn't buy mine, they are my Dad's old show chaps that he bought in like '78 or '79 when he went to the world Appaloosa show. I talked him into letting me cut them off to fit me. They are a little big around but that's okay, rather that than to tight. Later I will probably get a pair that is made for me but right now, I don't really want to spend 200 or 300 dollars on something that I won't need for another year. I have too many other things to use my money on right now. Other than that, I don't really wear them though I am considering getting a pair of ****** for this summer cause they make riding through brush or plum thickets much easier.
They are strictly for showing. unless its freeeeeeezing.
I ride western so I wear boots halfway up my shin. So when its cold I have a pair of half chaps that are a size bigger to go over my boots and jeans.
I am on my 3rd pair of chaps in 25 years. I tend to wear them through in the legs next to the saddle. |I always have them custom fit to me and I hate fringes. I too find them really warm in the winter.
I like a good buckle, a heavy duty belt, not the dinky little buckle and belt.
I will not ride in jeans since the inner seam of the jeans wear through my leg and bleeding in one's pants is not a good thing.
I will also not ride in a tooled saddle.
I bouhgt a pair of half chaps on-line, because I ride trail and some areas have lots of brush and manzanita. I hated getting tugged every step! These saves my riding pants and fit great, feel great (they hug the calves, and add support) and I feel lick a** in them! LOL
They are a great thing to have, and once you use them you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner! I love them!
I don't, but I probably need to. I only trail ride, but my horse loves going through brush, branches, etc. And it doesn't matter how many thorns there are, she just bulldozes right through. I always ride in jeans and have tried to get thicker ones, but I just need to break down and buy some chaps to save my legs.
I think they'd be great in the cold, but I can't imagine them being comfy in the summer. Any recommendations for summer chaps? Are half chaps better?