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post #11 of 32 Old 02-20-2011, 11:00 AM
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I really really don't understand why it's a big deal for a person to not post pictures. Some people are picture-aholics, and others would prefer not to post pictures on a public internet forum. Dressage isn't (or rather shouldn't ever be) about fashion, it should be about the horse and rider and their training - and that's SLC's point. I don't know why she has to produce photos of herself to form this opinion.
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^Lauren Collett and Quixotic 1
^If anyone can tell me who that is... I want his bridle! Drool! Looks like a brown double and a black saddle?

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post #12 of 32 Old 02-20-2011, 11:02 AM
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JDI- That's why I was wondering too. I post pictures very rarely, mostly under my own horse's profile, and occasionally for critique, but that's my own choice. I think it's up to the person whether they'd like to post or not.
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post #13 of 32 Old 02-20-2011, 11:27 AM
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I use brown dressage tack on my pony. I don't have any current pictures of it, but I might get one today when I ride if anyone is interested to see. She's a red roan with flaxen mane and tail, and I think that she looks much better in brown tack... but that's a personal choice. Her bridle isn't technically a "dressage" bridle (you can actually see it in my avvie picture to the left), but it doesn't really need to be until we get to the upper levels with a weymouth or something.

I think most horses look great in black dressage tack, and it can be more challenging to find brown dressage tack that all matches. There's different definitions of 'brown'... all sorts of shades and whatnot. Usually when you order something in black, you can be sure that it will be BLACK, not grey.

On an unrelated note... can anyone say 'piano hands' on that pic JDI posted of Lauren Collett?? I hope they just caught her in an odd moment.

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post #14 of 32 Old 02-20-2011, 11:37 AM
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It's all about personal preferance. Dressage is based on simplicity, so obviously a lime green saddle would be frowned upon, but it would not be discriminated against. I like the look of black and white, but on some horses, a brown saddle looks better.
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post #15 of 32 Old 02-20-2011, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for your replies. I appreciate your opinions, and it confirmed what I was told about color and judging (and that it's irrelivant in the sport)... I guess if I find something perfect in brown, I'll go with that, *bonus if it matches my bridle now and saves me a bridle purchase haha* I do like the look of black though, and think it would look good on my Mickey because some browns aren't the best on him. Thanks for the photos showing brown tack. And of course I'd love to see more :)
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post #16 of 32 Old 02-20-2011, 12:24 PM
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I really like the look of the brown tack JDI posted! Very classic-looking.
As for a lighter-color brown (more like tan..?) even though it is not against the rules, I think it would clash with the black coat. Plus, I think lighter colored saddles look cheap and well, tacky ;)

But like the others said, it's not a fashion show. You won't be penelized... it's just a matter of personal preference :)

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post #17 of 32 Old 02-20-2011, 12:33 PM
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Almost all older dressage saddles that I have seen for sale (older being 25+ years old) are brown. Black is a fairly new thing. I personally don't care either way. I owned a brown dressage saddle for a while and loved it. Excellent leather, and really put me in a good spot. So, I guess it would be more a matter of are you comfortable in that saddle, is your horse comfortable in that saddle, and will it do what you want.

Here was mine:

It was made by Thoroughbred Saddlery, which is no longer in business (and if you find one for sale, snatch it up!).

RH Queen O Anywhere "Sydney"
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post #18 of 32 Old 02-20-2011, 12:36 PM
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That's right, and never will be.

No one is required to post pictures to 'prove' that people should agree with them, lol. It's an opinion and a discussion and people are free to like, dislike, agree, disagree or anything in between. Aside from that, a person can create any sort of internet persona they want - it doesn't actually reflect anything.

The website of the registered se* offender with all sorts of quotes from the master's and pictures that supposedly had something to do with him...a good many people on another website thought were very 'eclectic', 'knowledgeable' and 'intriguing'...til the cops hauled him off to jail....a good many others have great looking internet personas.

I go to shows now and again, and am aware enough of the fashions to comment, but haven't competed in a long time and took very few pics even then. In any case, the more you badger and insult someone, the less likely they are to take orders from you...LOL.
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post #19 of 32 Old 02-21-2011, 01:11 PM
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Here's my darling pony in her brown dressage tack setup.

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post #20 of 32 Old 02-21-2011, 05:20 PM
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Calecto V, one of the most successful dressage horses in the US right now is shown in a black bridle and brown saddle.
Usually brown tack is preferred for chestnuts, but it looks very striking on him.
Brown saddles witnessed a resurgence a few years ago and now are quite mainstream.

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