Half chaps only cover the lower half of the rider’s leg, from the knee down to the ankle.
Half chaps are similar to full chaps in that they tend to be made out of suede.
However, you can also get half chaps that are made from faux suede or neoprene, which both provide the rider with plenty of protection.
What is the difference between half chaps and gaiters?
Gaiters and half chaps are both alternatives to long boots. They slip over short boots and wrap around a rider’s lower leg to provide a bit of extra stick (and protection). In basic terms, chaps are your kick-around leg wraps while gaiters give a more polished appearance.
What is the point of half chaps?
Half chaps are worn on a rider’s lower leg to provide a level of support and protection. They help to prevent rubbing and chafing caused by stirrup leathers and riding pant legs that could otherwise twist, wrinkle, rub or rise up. When paired with paddock boots, half chaps offer the functionality of tall boots.
What are chaps used for in riding?
They help to protect riders’ legs from scraping on brush, injury from thorns of cacti, sagebrush, mesquite and other thorny vegetation. Chaps are also useful for other types of riding. Leather chaps stick to a leather saddle or a bareback horse better than do fabric trousers and thus help the rider stay on.
Do you wear half chaps with paddock boots?
Paddock boots/half chaps are much more comfortable, especially if you’re not spending the money on top of the line boots, and they don’t require breaking in like tall boots. The only time I’d say that you NEED tall boots is for showing.