She turned to me and smiled sweetly and said, "shaps". I must have looked really confused because she repeated, "SHAPS, you pronounce it shaps... and, he was wearing CHINKS, they are shorter shaps."
So, I've had a cowboy lesson. Even though they are spelled chaps, they are pronounced SHAPS and if they are short and look like they have been outgrown, they are chinks.
CHAPS: (pronounced "shaps") Derived from the Spanish las chaparreras, or chaparejos. Leggings worn by horse people as protection against the brush and weather. Usually made of leather.
(Chinks): Short chaps or riding apron, originally from California. Usually with fringe, they come just below the knee. Regional to buckaroos. Texas and southwestern cowboys sometimes wear chinks with their pants tucked into high boots.