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Western Chaps

Western Chaps
Western Chaps
Traditionally worn on ranches to protect cowboys' legs from brush, weather, rope burns, and cattle horns, western chaps and chinks are often found in the show ring. Select from our wide variety of western chaps, from suede to smooth leather, to ensure you look your best in the arena.
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Schneiders Washable Suede Horse Show Western Chaps
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Schneiders Washable Suede Horse Show Western Chaps
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Hobby Horse Simplicity Adult Western Show Chaps
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Tough 1® Suede Western Equitation Chaps
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Schneiders Adult Suede Western Chaps
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Hobby Horse Adult Split Leather Classic Western Show Chaps
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Hobby Horse Adult Split Leather Classic Western Show Chaps
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Tough 1 Luxury Suede Western Show Chaps
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Tough 1 Luxury Suede Western Show Chaps
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Schneiders Youth Suede Western Chaps
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Tough 1 Smooth Leather Show Chaps w/ Fringe
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Tough 1 Smooth Leather Show Chaps with Fringe
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Choosing the Right Western Chaps and Chinks

Since the 1800s, western ranchers have often opted for shotgun, batwing, or woolie chaps, or a pair of chinks. If you are hitting the show arena instead of managing a cattle operation, you might choose a pair of shotgun chaps or western chinks to complete your refined look, help secure your seat, prevent rubbing, and protect your clothing. A pair of chaps can also add a layer of warmth while you ride in the winter. Chaps and chinks are designed with fringe along the legs, a buckle in the front, and zippers down the legs. Suede and smooth leather are the most commonly found materials.

Fitted shotgun chaps are popular in the western pleasure and horsemanship rings for an elegant appearance that completes your look and protects your show pants or jeans. Pleasure and horsemanship riders typically purchase western chaps that match their outfits, with black being a staple color in their wardrobes. Cutters and reined cowhorse riders often wear shotgun chaps, but theirs are less fitted and usually in shades of brown, closer to a traditional cowboy style. They might even have custom leather tooling along the waist of their chaps. Naturally, many cutters and cowhorse riders may wear their chaps around the ranch while working cattle. Reiners generally wear shotgun chaps but opt for black or shades of brown with extra tooling designs. In contrast, ranch riders wear chinks in black, brown, or tan with similar tooling.

Frequently Asked Questions About Western Chaps and Chinks

What are Western chaps for?

Based on the Spanish word “chaparreras,” western chaps and chinks are worn over pants to protect cowboys’ legs from dangerous brush, harsh weather conditions, rope burns from handling cattle or horses, and the sharp horns of cattle. Chaps and chinks are also worn in the show ring to maintain western tradition while protecting clothing and legs and preventing chafing.

What kind of chaps do cowboys wear? What’s the difference between chaps and chinks?

The different types of chaps are Shotgun, batwing, and woolie chaps, along with chinks are most popular among cowboys.

  • Shotgun chaps, AKA “stovepipes,” are fitted through the leg for a straight, more narrow look and are often fringed.
  • Batwing chaps are slightly fitted at the thigh, then flare out, allowing more freedom in the lower leg.
  • Woolie chaps are comparably warmer than other options due to their fleece or hair-on cowhide material.
  • Chinks are much shorter, thought of as a half-length chap. They do not extend past the thigh or knee and are fringed, granting a longer appearance.

How should western chaps fit?

Depending on your discipline, western chaps should be fitted throughout the leg and comfortably zipped over a pair of show pants or jeans. Western pleasure or horsemanship riders tend to wear more fitted shotgun chaps than cutters or reined cow horse riders, for example, who prefer shotguns closer to a traditional cowboy’s chaps. Some ranch-type disciplines, such as ranch riding, might opt for chinks, which should fasten comfortably through the thigh.

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