PHS Review: Ariat's Breeze Half Chaps

  Buying a decent pair of half chaps can be quite the struggle. You want them to be stylish yet comfortable. They need to be soft while still keeping their shape. And you definitely want them to last!

  Whether you're planning on using them for lessons or for show (or both!), you want your money to be spent wisely. That's why I thought I'd share what I thought of my purchase of the Ariat Breeze half chaps.

  If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that I had written a post a while back about my struggles in finding brown chaps (you can read that post here). Even though I was a little discouraged, I didn't want to give up on finding new brown leather chaps for my Ariat paddock boots that I have had for years.

  With a little online research, I found a tack shop in the Toronto area that carried several different styles of brown chaps. So, we took a drive over to see if they could help me out.

  When looking on their website, I had it in my mind that I was going to get the Tredstep DeLuxe Half Chap. I loved the look of them, especially the way it went higher around the outside of the knee like the tall boots do. They didn't have my size in the brown so I tried the black ones for the fit. I'm not going to lie, they were nice. The leather was soft and they fit great. My only concern (other than my size not being in stock) was that they might fall as they settle like some tall boots do.

  So, the helpful sales associate offered me to try the Ariat Breeze half chaps. I'll be honest, seeing them in the bag, I thought they were a step down from the Tredstep ones. I didn't like the look of the elastic and thought that they were too casual looking. But since I am a fan of Ariat products, I decided to try them on and I'm so glad I did.

  These chaps are so nice on. The leather is soft and I never had to break them in. To my surprise, I really liked the elastic band. It allowed the chap to hug my leg without restricting my movement. Also, it doesn't look as casual on as it did in the bag. Being that my paddock boots were also from Ariat, the colours of the leather matched beautifully which is an added bonus.

  The Breeze chap, though it doesn't curve up the knee, is quite a tall chap. It isn't like some chaps where they are meant to stop well below the knee. Another added feature is that these chaps are apparently washable. For me, I think I'll stick to my normal routine of cleaning my chaps with saddle soap... just to be safe.

  Overall, Ariat's Breeze half chaps are great. They are definitely something I would recommend to anyone on the market for new chaps. Though they may be not the best option for the show ring, they are an awesome option for around the barn.

  If you're already a fan of Ariat, the Breeze half chaps won't disappoint you.

  Until next time, happy riding!

  This post was not sponsored by Ariat in any way. Their product simply inspired the topic of this post.

Blog Hop: Our Commercial Moment

  This is the first blog hop I have ever done so forgive me if I have done this wrong. I was reading Viva Carlos' post and figured this would be a fun one to do for this week's post.

Picture from:

http://suenostomanvuelo.blogspot.ca/2014/04/blog-hop-our-commericial-moment.html

  This blog hop is all about your horse shopping list. As L said, "What are you buying next? Not your "Wish I could" list but your actual practical pony shopping list. And if its a high ticket item you are saving for what is it and when do you expect to order/get it?" 

  So here is my list...

  Since I haven't been riding for a while, as many of the regular Pure Horse Sense readers probably know, I need to buy quite a few of the basics to get me back in the saddle again.

  First off, both my tall boots and my paddock boots still fit me fine, but my half chaps are a little tight. They are leather so I have a feeling that they shrank because I wasn't using them for a while. I don't know if it's worth stretching them or buying a new pair. I'm worried that if I stretch them I'll just destroy them so if anyone has any suggestions on how to go about it, let me know.

  I'll also need some new riding pants. They don't need to be fancy, just ones that fit me so I can get ready for competition and then I'll get some good ones. The two pairs I have currently are well used and are too short for me now so a few new pairs are a must.

  If you've read about my most recent fall experience, then you'll know that getting a new helmet is going to be a priority for me. I've read somewhere that you should replace your helmet after every fall. I can't see everyone doing this because that could get quite expensive depending on your experience and the horse you are riding. I do agree, however, on replacing your helmet after every bad fall. I don't want to take my chances on riding with my helmet, falling again and it not protecting me like it should because it was cracked from the last fall and I wasn't aware. So, a new helmet is on the list. I'd like to get a Charles Owen or an IRH one.

  Those are my top shopping list items. After that, I'll probably buy little things like some new gloves. Because I don't lease or own a horse, I don't need to worry about tack and other horse supplies. Once I do get going again, I know that things like buying a saddle and bridle will be added onto the list. But for right now, the things I have listed are my priority.

  So, what's on your horse shopping list? If you're a horse blogger and you're new to the blog hop world like me, I encourage you to try it. It's a lot of fun. If this is your first time visiting Pure Horse Sense, welcome! If you'd like to subscribe to stay up to date on future posts, you can learn about all the ways to do so by clicking on the How to Stay Connected with Pure Horse Sense link on the left side of your screen.

  Also, check out the other bloggers who have participated in this blog hop by clicking the links below:

  I wish you all a wonderful weekend and thank you for reading Pure Horse Sense.

  Until next time, happy riding!