These are a specialized Chink (i.e, half-chap, or “Apron”), made from “Mule Hide” (Mule hide has a history all it’s own. It is not the hide of a mule at all, but cow hide. The story goes that the name comes from the apron that was made to be worn by the farrier that shod the “mules”- or work horses. It was- and still is- a cow hide, but so-called “Mule Hide”, since it was tanned especially as a farrier apron hide to be used on “mules”; hence, the “Mule Hide”).
This Farrier’s Apron is a tool for the professional Farrier, the same as a cowboy relies on his Chaps for protection, the Farrier relies on his “Apron” for protection, as well as a tool belt- some Farriers more than others- but you will seldom find a Farrier without at least one pair. As much as any tool in his tool box, the farrier apron is one built from necessity, not only does it provide protection to you and your jeans, but the added friction of the “Mule Hide” will help keep the animal’s leg/hoof where you want it. This is a must for the professional, and a great addition to the horse owner’s tack room.
As with all our products, these are 100% made right here in our Clovis, California shop- to exacting standards- with attention to detail. You may find a less expensive product, but you will not find a better made product, or one made from better quality materials. No Nylon, or plastic used here.
The Farrier Apron- as it is most often called- is a specialized leather garment. The history of this specific “Chink” is slightly difficult to explore, but in all likelihood, it was simply adapted from a pair of riding Chaps; which- arguably- is where the modern day Chink came from. With added pockets, loops, rings and magnets; it is very much a hybrid tool belt; or hybrid Chink- depending on your point of view.