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Spinoff: Do the cool kids not wear custom chaps anymore?

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  • Spinoff: Do the cool kids not wear custom chaps anymore?

    I heard this on another thread, say it ain't so!

    Or maybe just not at shows?

  • #2
    It appears half chaps are in vogue nowadays and there's a wide selection of "off the rack" sizes and styles.
    Why buy custom, when you have a large selection to choose from?

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      #3
      Originally posted by Extreme Chaos View Post
      It appears half chaps are in vogue nowadays and there's a wide selection of "off the rack" sizes and styles.
      Why buy custom, when you have a large selection to choose from?
      Because a Hunter Princess ALWAYS goes custom when given the choice

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      • #4
        Everyone at my current barn wears half chaps, I haven't seen full chaps in ages (except on the lone male rider)...
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          #5
          Is this because of all the fun colored schooling breeches?
          Advent of 1/2 chaps?
          Frenchypoo saddles that won't stand up to jeans?

          (Guess I can empty out my "Save for Chuck Pinnell" piggy bank...)

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          • #6
            I am one of the lone souls left riding in full chaps. In fact I now have a pair of half chaps to wear at shows so I don't embarrass myself off the show grounds.

            I still love my Journeyman's especially in the winter...

            I remember the days that custom full chaps where the THING du jor, and all of the cool kids had them. That was probably 6 - 10 years ago. Gosh I feel old.
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            • #7
              I have a pair of custom full chaps and custom half chaps--there isn't anything better! I don't wear the full chaps very often because it is too hot down here but they are nice in the winter! I have tried the not custom half chaps and they just don't fit the same--plus they aren't as cute!

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              • #8
                I don't know anyone around here who rides in full chaps. I remember I always used to want to order a pair of custom full chaps but never got around to it. Probably not the best idea...they're not particularly flattering.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Pirateer View Post
                  Is this because of all the fun colored schooling breeches?
                  Advent of 1/2 chaps?
                  Frenchypoo saddles that won't stand up to jeans?

                  (Guess I can empty out my "Save for Chuck Pinnell" piggy bank...)

                  Up until a year ago, I always wore full custom chaps.
                  I bought a pair of half chaps for the summer and never went back to the full chaps.
                  Half chaps are comfy and less binding, they also make the transition to show boots a lot easier.

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                  • #10
                    I cling tenaciously to my custom full chaps.
                    When I was a junior EVERYONE wore them.

                    Now I feel it is relegated some of the old school barns in Westchester, NY.
                    When I was at Old Salem in the early 2000's, for example no one wore half chaps; everyone wore boots and breeches or full chaps. Other places though were starting to go for half chaps.

                    I don't see anyone with them in NJ, to the point that I honestly can't remember seeing anyone else with them on, but I am more than happy to carry the torch and hold it high.
                    (Though, now that my horses live at a dressage barn I will wear full seats and non-custom black half chaps for lessons. On school or trail days it is full chaps regardless of what saddle I'm in.)

                    To me a blinged out set of full chaps with a tucked in men's shirt and a belt is as dressed up as tall boots. And yes, I would fit into those SWEET @SS GAWGEOUS chaps on the other thread and am considering it (one of my names even starts with H!) even though I already have two pairs. We'll see how the bidding goeth.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Nickelodian View Post
                      I am one of the lone souls left riding in full chaps. In fact I now have a pair of half chaps to wear at shows so I don't embarrass myself off the show grounds.

                      I still love my Journeyman's especially in the winter...

                      I remember the days that custom full chaps where the THING du jor, and all of the cool kids had them. That was probably 6 - 10 years ago. Gosh I feel old.
                      Eeks is right, try 10-15 years, at least. My beloved pair of journeymans- navy, mustard piping, burgundy fringe, hunter green lizard skin belt and piping, monogrammed initials - have a special space on my SHELF. I borrowed a pair of half chaps in 2001 and never went back. SO much easier to move your leg back and kick that greenie's butt back into place behind him.

                      But I will never, ever get rid of my full chaps. Not only do they make for a great impromptu halloween costume but oh how I yearned for those things as a startstruck child! They were absolutely THE thing!
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                      • #12
                        I still love full chaps and ride in them almost everyday, even in the summer. I have tried half chaps numerous times but I just don't like them as much.
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                        • #13
                          I used to own a pair of full chaps when i was younger (I'm 18 now...I mean young like 12-13ish). I always found it to be a difficult transition between chaps and boots because the chaps are so much grippier than breeches and without them, my leg would get loose. When I outgrew them, I just never bought a new pair...

                          I LOVE my half chaps, however, and have fairly recently switched to the leather instead of suede. I think they provide a really nice "tall boot" kind of feel so that the transition comes fairly naturally between shows and schooling at home.

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                          • #14
                            Just got my custom Pinell's, half-chaps that is! I love love love them- waiting till Wednesday (my b-day!) to ride in them!!!

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                            • #15
                              I had a new (adult re-rider) student show up the other day in *gorgeous* custom full chaps...that she'd had as a teenager 20 years ago It was the first time I'd seen them in a long time, and I remembered how much I loved them. I still have mine, but haven't put them on in ages - for me, half chaps are just easier and less restrictive.
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                              • #16
                                If it's a cold day and the mare is feeling frisky? Forget being one of the cool kids! I'm grabbing my chaps and praying for every bit of stickiness they give me!

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                                • #17
                                  since i am a junior, when we moved up, my trainer preferred half chapls so that we have to grip more. now its half chaps all the way, and i love the schooling breeches!!!
                                  there are some pros with fulls, but i rarely see juniors with them

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                                  • #18
                                    I still have my full customs - brown with fringe, with navy and hunter piping and my name on the back. I haven't worn them in eons, it seems! I love them though, and will never get rid of them, though right now they're in the bottom of my tack trunk and probably kind of dirty.

                                    I remember the first time I ever rode in half chaps. The zipper on my customs had broken as I was getting ready to school my horse the morning of a show. I borrowed someone's half chaps...and HATED them. Although I did end up buying a pair while my chaps were being fixed because I was too lazy to dress in breeches and tall boots every day. Took me a while to really like the feel of them, but now that's all I ride in. A couple of years ago I rode in my chaps for the heck of it and felt like I couldn't bend my knee!

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                                    • #19
                                      I've got my full chaps... but count me in as another half chap wearer, unless it's cold out.

                                      Not only do they make for a great impromptu halloween costume
                                      I was a cowgirl last year for halloween. Minimal prep!
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                                      • #20
                                        I still love my 30-year-old custom full chaps, but they're sitting at the bottom of trunk. I still use them occasionally if I'm at the barns in jeans and need to ride, but I've found breeches and half-chaps to be more comfortable. Plus I'm really not supposed to ride in jeans in my wimpy French saddle. Now I just need to get myself some custom half-chaps.

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