On October 11th 2011, I had a major back surgery that would change everything from physical body shape, muscle strength to even self-confidence. My surgery was to correct my scoliosis, something that really held me back from fulfilling my potential in horseback riding. After a long year of recovery I was finally cleared to ride again. I was so excited, but lacked the knowledge of the drawbacks that one year without riding would cause. My biggest insecurity was my lower leg, which would not stay put on the horse, it would just swing back and forth. I tried so many different methods to solidify my lower leg, kind of obsessively now that I think of it. Eventually, I came across a youtube video of a friend of mine unboxing a pair of chaps and later giving her first impression on them. They were called ProChaps and I was hooked. I instantly fell in love with the look of them and did more research on the brand. I was so happy to see that ProChaps made fully customizable chaps that could benefit any rider in any discipline. I finally got around to ordering a pair, after many days of drooling over them online. Unfortunately, I messed up somewhere when I was measuring, but only found that out once I received them in the mail. Customer Service at ProChaps was amazing, and they sent me a new pair with a proper fit. It has now been two and a half years since owning my Competition II chaps and I have never been let down. These guys have survived through the winter (also keeping me nice and warm), summer, spring and fall months. I have worn them in snow, rain, mud and heat. I am always so pleased to see that they have never even been affected by the weather and what it can bring. Not to mention the zipper that has never even worried me about breaking. I have put so many thick pairs of socks underneath these chaps, and not once did the zipper break, which is amazing. But what I will always appreciate most about my ProChaps is how they were able to renew my self confidence in horseback riding. I have achieved so much in four and a half years and ProChaps was a major contribution to that. I have recommended this brand to so many people, such as my coach, barn owner as well as her daughter. I want other people to enjoy the comfort that these chaps give, since the soft leather and elastic band that follows the zipper down the leg gives a perfect fit. Another side of ProChaps that I enjoy is that they?re a brand that constantly spreads joy and positivity through social media, highlighting the importance of horse and rider bonds as well as supporting equestrians such as myself.