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For informal riding such training or even hacking, you'll want to have a really good pair
of chaps to wear over breeches or perhaps even jeans.
Chaps give you the grip and support you need when in the saddle, and prevent any rubbing or
chaffing you would get on your lower leg without them. The next thing you will need to decide on after choosing to
buy a new pair of chaps is whether to get full or half chaps.
The Benefits of Half Chaps
Half chaps have become increasingly popular in recent years with English riders. One great
benefit of half chaps is that they are much cooler in the warm summer months than full chaps. They also mimic the
type of support and grip you would get from wearing long boots in a show ring, giving you more practice for
competitions. Finally, because they use much less material, half chaps are quite a bit more affordable than full
The Benefits of Full Chaps
The major benefit of full chaps is they give you complete grip all the way up your leg. They are
also much warmer to wear during the cold winter months and will keep your jeans or breeches cleaner. They are also
ideal for people who like to ride both English and Western, as very few Western riders wear half chaps.
No matter what type of horse riding chaps you decide to buy, make sure they fit correctly. A
good fit will be the difference between an uncomfortable ride and a fun, productive ride. Some good brands to look
at for your chaps include Ovation, Ariat and Tuff Rider.