They wore broad sombreros to protect them from the burning sun and chaparejos
(chaps) to protect their legs against cactus and mesquite.
California vaqueros later ornamented this costume--hand-braiding reatas, trimming saddles and belts with turquoise and silver, trimming protective chaparejos
with fleece--while the Texas cowboy held to a more somber austerity.
Afterwards, I thought he might not have been so bad if I had not worn my chaparejos
, called 'chaps' for short, as they might give a horse the impression that he was being ridden by a black bear.