Stirrup: The traditional Chilean stirrup is carved from wood to enclose and shield the foot; and shaped like a shoe in the interior. Protection of the foot is its primary aim, both in the livestock corrals as well as on narrow mountain trails. Because the stirrup is enclosed, it also avoids entanglement in the brush, which is prolific in Northern Patagonia. The stirrups are usually mounted more forward and higher on the saddle than the typical American trail riding saddle, which takes some time to become accustomed to.
For our trips, use the classic Chilean saddle, suitable and very comfortable for long distances. The Chilean saddle is very similar to the western saddle, but does not have the horn, since the loop is tied at the back of the right side. This type of mount is used by the huasos in the Chilean rodeo. The Chilean saddle, like the western, has two straps that are used to secure it against the pull of cattle.
Leggings: Patagonia sheepskin leggings, along with the boina cap are iconic of the Gauchos of Argentina and Huasos of Chile. These leggings are handmade, by the locals from local sheep skin or tanned goat hide. These are practically essential garments to shield the hauso from the cold and rain of Patagonia.
Poncho & Hat: To protect the torso, as a tradition, a blanket is used: woven with natural wool on a loom, the poncho covers the entire upper part of the body. The Chilean huaso of Patagonia typically wears a beret on the head, known as a boina. The other type of hat encountered in Patagonia is the Guacho hat, which resembles the Western Stetson. what hat you wear in Patagonia has a special significance, because it signifies the cultural background and tradition of the wearer.