Why choose chaps? Well because chaps and half chaps are a practical and stylish addition to your equestrian wardrobe. They will help to prevent your legs being pinched by your stirrup irons. They will protect your jodhpurs from scrapes when you are riding away from the stables and they help to keep your clothing clean. Chaps also provide a useful extra layer to keep you dry when the weather takes a turn for the worse.
When you see chaps you might start thinking about American cowboys. Whilst the cowboys of the Wild West most certainly wore chaps and cowboys continue to wear them today, they did not originate in America.
Chaps actually have their origins in a form of leather blanket which was attached to the saddle and which was used by Spanish and South American cowboys. Over a period of many years this protective accessory evolved into something more like a garment. South American cowboys then moved up into the United States and the cowboys there began to adopt chaps. American cowboys may also have been influenced by Native Americans who wore leather leg protection.
In case you were wondering about the strange sounding name, the word chaps is derived from the Spanish term Chaparojos which in turn comes from Chaparro, the Spanish word for thicket or bush.
Chaps were an excellent innovation and so it comes as no surprise that we still use them today. At Equi Supermarket we have a great collection of chaps which we have selected from the highly regarded Dublin, Horseware of Ireland, Bridleway, Shires and Ariat collections. We are delighted to bring you leather half chaps, suede half chaps, faux suede half chaps, fleece-lined chaps and gaitors. Both adult and junior sizes are available.