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Custom Chaps

You can expect to spend several hundred dollars for a pair of quality custom chaps. But, just like the right saddle, chaps are an investment that will last for years and enhance your performance. Horse-Canada spoke with two in-demand chap makers, Ian and Jennifer Coxworthy of Richvale Saddlery in Schomberg, Ontario and Lorna Amlin of Tofield, Alberta, to get their take on the importance of a quality pair of chaps. “All of our chaps are made from full grain leather in weights of 3 to 3.5 ounces,” said Jennifer Coxworthy. "Full grain leather is chosen for its strength and durability." Amlin added, “I use top grain either in full (smooth) or split (suede) in 3 to 5 ounces. If the customer wants decoration on the tops, I use a 10-ounce tooling leather.” Insist on brass zippers for long life, said Coxworthy. Amlin uses aluminum zippers if a customer wants to save…

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