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    11-07-2012, 07:44 PM
  #21
Trained
I hope you've got dead quiet legs Anebel! I feel too short and stumpy to put any bling on my leg - I'd rather put it on my horse's head and my hair so draw attention away from my stumps haha

I'd love to see a show of a patent noseband on a horse of Spighi's colour - red bay. He doesn't have much white, just a small star and a faint snip with an attractive but 'boring' head, so I can get away with some more bling on him.
I'm sold on the split row diamonte browband, but still tossing up on the patent noseband.
     
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    11-09-2012, 03:45 PM
  #22
Weanling
Sorry not to reply sooner - and I have an awkward confession to make. I can't find any close-up photos of Fitz in his patent bridle, and I had to have him put to sleep at the start of this week after an accident so I can't really go and get some.... I realised when I looked at my post I was still using present tense talking about him - I really apologise!

My other horse, Geoff, is a bright bay with a white star and snip - not quite as red as Fitz was, very slightly more orangey, but he is a similar colour, if that helps I can get a photo of him in it for you to see. I haven't competed him yet though, so he's never been in it - will be an excuse to see how it looks on him! Fitz has a much finer, prettier head than Geoff so we'll see whether it looks quite as smart on him...

Sorry for making that a little awkward :S and here's a colour comparison of Fitz and Geoff so you can see what I mean:

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    11-11-2012, 03:35 PM
  #23
Foal
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
Tigo, which brand is your double? It sounds lovely!
Kayty, it's an HG (Herve Godignon I do believe...). I fell in love with it and my boyfriend bought it for me, although a bit prematurely, considering my horse was 6 at the time lol. I'm hoping to actually get to use it this winter/early next year...I was hoping to start him in it this fall but he's had a series of injuries and setbacks so hasn't been ready for it. It's beautiful if I just set it on his head though!! Sadly, it is sitting in my closet!

I thought I would show it off. Picture isn't the best but it still shows all the nice accents on it.

     
    11-12-2012, 06:22 PM
  #24
Trained
I'm sorry to hear about your horse, Minstrel!
He's a very similar colour to my boy ;)

Tigo, that bridle is absolutely beautiful, I bet you're tempted to push up into a double just to use it!
     
    11-12-2012, 08:19 PM
  #25
Yearling
I wasn't a fan of patent, until I saw Konig patent spur straps...they look really elegant on a flat leather boot.
     
    11-13-2012, 12:23 PM
  #26
Foal
Thanks, Kayty. I am sooo tempted haha! Definitely resisting because his contact is FINALLY coming along properly on the snaffle after his time off, and I don't want to mess that up . Plus I need to find bits for the monstrous creature. He's about 18hands uses a 6" snaffle, I believe - I'll probably be stuck ordering bits. So really I can't use it right now because of the bit situation. This is a good thing
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    11-20-2012, 06:23 PM
  #27
Weanling
Finally got round to getting some pics of my bridle on Geoff - colour is a bit funny, his actual colour is more like the attaché done of him in the stable rug (lights in the barn at night are weird). It's not as nice on him as Fitz as Geoff's head is WAAAAY bigger, that noseband took up most of Fitz's face but looks tiny of Geoff!!

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    11-20-2012, 06:33 PM
  #28
Weanling
And before I look like an idiot two points - first, I realised as I went through tack that it is my other show bridle that is rolled leather, not the patent one. Sorry. Second, that is a bradoon I'm afraid, I couldn;t be bothered taking his hanging snaffle off his other bridle so yes, he looks even more odd-sized head with the tiny bit ring, but it is due to mum's laziness in attaching bits not actual mutant head size.

*sigh* much as I love Geoff, he just isn't as photogenic as Fitz... that horse could pose.
     
    11-29-2012, 11:29 AM
  #29
Weanling
It really depends on the bridle and how it looks altogether. I agree that some patent leather can look cheap but top quality looks just as good as polished leather. Way back when my late father was in the army, he used to take me to see the Household Cavalry where he had some friends. Those lads used to have to polish those bridles and their long boots until you could literally see your face in them. They were like glass and when they put the whole thing together, it looked amazing. BTW it could take 1 week to polish all the tack to the standard required by the Household Cavalry for ceremonial duty! I would say go for the patent leather but only if its good quality.
     
    12-03-2012, 04:57 AM
  #30
Weanling
Over here it's very, very, very common. You can find it in any tack-shop. On the bridles, on the saddles, on boots - On everything really!

The trend right now is the more "bling" the better!

The stallion I ride and train is going to have a bridle with a five cm noseband with patent leather, and a bowband shaped in a V with lots of big swarovski stones.

We have bling and patent leather on our whips, spur straps, bell boots . Swarovski stones on our helmets, show jackets. As I said. On everything.
     

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