Trail Rid­ing

Horse & Rider - - Mud Health Risks -

Ex­pert: Julie Good­night, Pon­cha Springs, Colorado.

Pur­pose: “For trail rid­ing” Good­night ex­plains, “chaps pro­vide leg pro­tec­tion, which is more im­por­tant than help­ing you ‘stick’ to the sad­dle. On the trail your knees, thighs, and lower legs can be scraped, poked, and rubbed by branches, brush, ropes, fence posts, and tree trunks. A tougher leather pro­tects your legs from that im­pact and is more durable in a va­ri­ety of weather con­di­tions.”

Choose: High-qual­ity leather and out­stand­ing crafts­man­ship. “I pre­fer a smooth outer fin­ish, which is plenty of friction for me. Se­lect a pair that’s easy to put on or take off and al­lows for ad­justa­bil­ity as your fit changes over time.”

Avoid: The clin­i­cian ad­vises against baggy legs or a lot of bulk that wads up un­der the knee; chaps that you have to be a con­tor­tion­ist to buckle, snap, or zip; and full-length chaps that are too short.

Ma­te­rial: “Work­ing cow­boys who drag calves to the fire or bush­whack down the trail need tougher, thicker leather that’ll take a life­time of abuse,” Good­night warns. “I don’t do a lot of hard­core work in my chaps, so I pre­fer a softer, high-qual­ity, split leather that’s soft and pli­able so it can be well-tai­lored to my leg. Stay away from the ul­tra­suede and syn­thet­ics if you’re us­ing your chaps for daily rid­ing or rough use.”

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