Chaps are a form of protective leg covering most often worn by cowboys. They look like seatless leggings with an attached belt and are meant to be buckled over the pants. Chaps are typically made of leather or other sturdy, leather-like material.
The earliest known version was worn by the Spanish herding cattle in Mexico. They were originally called “armas” which means shields. They were made of cowhide and attached to the saddle horn, covering the horse’s chest as well (more…)