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Do I need to use half chaps when riding?

Do I need to use half chaps when riding?
No you don't
You don't need to but if you want a better grip it would probably be best. Honestly I just ride in cowboy boots all the time.
People generally ride in half chaps or tall boots because they provide a better grip for the rider and protects riders from stirrup leather rubs. If you are 12 years old and showing I would advise you to wear half chaps, but if you are riding home it is totally optional (obviously).