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post #1 of 6 Old 02-11-2011, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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Time to grow out of colored saddle pads at horse shows?

Here is a picture of my custom saddle pad I got Mouse for my birthday about a year ago.




I've limited all my colors for my show to only this saddle pad and red bell boots. But at some shows, I will be the only one with a colored saddle pad and im starting to just feel unprofessional, I know I am only 16, but I want to be taken seriously and looked at as a determined rider, not just some teen who is fooling around! ---I know me thinking just since I have a colored saddle pad means im unprofessional(which im certainly not yet obviously) is a bit silly but what are your thoughts? Think I should ditch the saddle pad and switch to a nice white one so I will look nice? Or keep it for a little bit longer?

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post #2 of 6 Old 02-11-2011, 10:11 AM
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I LOVE it, I say keep it a little longer, just because you have a colored saddle pad doesn't mean you can't be unprofessional.
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post #3 of 6 Old 02-11-2011, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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I LOVE it, I say keep it a little longer, just because you have a colored saddle pad doesn't mean you can't be unprofessional.
that's what I was thinking :) I think when I move up to prelim (which I have some time) then I will "retire" our saddle pad since I was considering changing mouses show name back to his racing name which is Mighty Yield anyway since he deserves a bit more "grown up" show name than Mighty Mouse competing at prelim :)

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post #4 of 6 Old 02-11-2011, 10:22 AM
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That sounds like a good idea and you can always use your mighty mouse pad as an everyday one or keep it for a little memento.
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-11-2011, 11:11 AM
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I really wouldn't worry! I noticed around here we don't have a lot of "flamboyant" eventers anymore, but one of my friends is a huge professional in the industry, she's a coach and trainer as well as president of our local eventing association and she always goes out in full British gear! It's hilarious, she stands out like a sore thumb, but it's just her thing! She has red bell boots, a red saddle pad with the British flag on it and her body protector is the British flag!



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post #6 of 6 Old 02-11-2011, 11:25 AM
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I think you're over thinking things, and making a mountain out of a molehill :) And I find it hard to believe that you're the only one with a colored pad, for CC at Events.

In stadium, you should be in a white pad or black pad - so that's understandable, but CC - who cares what color you are.

I love your pad, go for it - regardless if you are doing Prelim or not. If you don't want it, I'll take it :)

I have seen all ranges of colors and horse names - from BN to 3*. So what! I see colors from Hot Pinks, to Oranges, to Reds, to Blues in the Professional World - go with whatever you want.

It isn't about what color of pad you have, or what the name of your horse is - it is about your performance and your ability to proove yourself competative wise. Not color wise.

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