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What Are... Cowboy Chinks

A cowboy's chinks are similar to chaps. Both are leather leg coverings worn by horseback riders – typically cowboys and cowgirls – as protection against weather, timber, brush, kicks, rope burns, and other hazards. Both chinks and chaps are buckled around the waist, and are open in the back so a rider’s seat is not covered.

Chaps run the full length of the rider's legs. The two most common styles of chaps are shotgun and batwing.

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Chinks are similar to chaps, but are shorter, typically hitting the rider below the knee but above the ankle. They are fastened around the rider’s legs by snaps, buckles, or other fasteners, but the fasteners stop above the back of the knee, allowing the chinks to move more freely from that point downward. The fringe on chinks is also usually longer and more prominent than fringe found on chaps.

A pair of shotgun chaps.

A cowboy wearing shotgun chaps

A cowboy wearing batwing chaps.

A cowboy wearing batwing chaps

A fancy set of chinks with the hair left on the hide and a double set of fringe.

Cowboy chinks with double fringe

Pronouncing Chinks and Chaps

"Chinks" are pronounced pretty much the same way they are spelled, with a hard "ch" sound as in "cherry" or "chipmunk." Chaps, on the other hand, are pronounced with a soft "ch" which means they are pronounced "shaps."


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