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For equestrians, half chaps are preferred over full chaps. The difference between full and half chaps is that half chaps will only cover and protect the leg from the knee to the ankle, with a thick piece of elastic to wrap around the soles of the feet. This is in contrast to the full chaps worn by cowboys. Half chaps are available in standard sizes of small, medium, large, etc. Leather half chaps are available in mainly standard colors of black and brown, and the most durable ones are made of cowhide leather. Half chaps can be purchased at an equestrian or specialty leather store for $70 - $100.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|