Originally Posted by Kayty
I can't bring myself to get anything with patent leather
Maybe if I had a horse with a REALLY nice head, and that was 100% consistent in the bridle - otherwise I think they just draw attention to the head and you makes it so much more obvious if there is any unsteadyness in the bridle.
And the patent riding boots.... *vomit*
See, with Fitz, I'd rather draw attention to his head than his back end... his head is very pretty (he's a bit of a stunner in general when he's moving out, to be honest) and he's nice and consistent. He still doesn't get quite as much hind end engagement as I'd like, doesn't quite track up, though, as he can be just a bit lazy if he's in the mood - so attention to his head is fine by me!
I also use it for show jumping and working hunter, where a bit of flash is always good (:. Agree about the boots though, plus they'd be SO HARD to keep clean and smart-looking...