My trainer has told us ("us" meaning our riding team) that if we are in a lesson we CANNOT wear bling helmets, no paint on our horses hooves (meaning, glitter or colored paint), or ride in loud colored riding gear... like polo wraps that are hot pink, or bright colored saddle pads. She's very strict about this.
We had a young girl try and come out to the arena with a saddle pad with cupcakes all over it... and she told her to get off and go back to the barn!
So while I may like funky riding gear... I don't see it in my future.
Oh its ugly, but I do like it for two reasons
- safety awareness in the arena
- the possibility of bringing some new colors and styles to dressage. Although I think gold should be outlawed in any discipline...