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post #1 of 7 Old 10-05-2013, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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English show coat/shirt/horse colors?

I have a bay horse, and I was thinking about getting a grey jacket and either pink or lavender shirt, but after a visit to the tack store the lady there helped me with colors and she said a bay would look better with a more brownish tone jacket. So I'm probably going to be getting a gray/brown jacket with a coral shirt. What do you think of this color combination? What are your opinions on what colors look good with different horses and what color shirts and jackets look good together?
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-05-2013, 11:03 PM
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I have a dark navy{with stripe in it} Hunt coat. I used it for first time this year & had a Mauve/purple shirt looked great.My horse is a BAY tobiano
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The trend right now is black on black for AQHA hunters with bay/black horses. Personally I think a navy hunt coat with a white or pastel blue shirt is always a classic. You rarely see a brown coat in the ring though? I would have to see the coat to be sure.

I have a sorrel and I wear a green hunt coat with a coral/tangerine shirt.

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Personally, I think your color combination would look better with a sorrel horse. For bays I would go with black or navy. Also remember that if you aren't wearing black or navy, you will be noticed more (for good or bad). :)

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Are you showing stock horses or rated hunters? That makes a big difference. If you're showing rated any color dark shirt is out of the question.

Stay away from pink always.. unless you're a novice youth (and want to emphasise the novice part) or i guess maybe if its very VERY pastel/muted.

If you're showing eq, always stick to a lighter shade or (preferrably) white shirt. As mentioned above you can't go wrong with a dark blue or black coat.

Yes dark/dark is on "trend" in the stock world (which is my playground) but I started out showing rateds and the not so old traditionalist in me makes me want to gag when I see it. Especially if its at a large show in an eq class. HUS.. ok whatev, that's fun fashion playtime. I am ALWAYS a sucker for black with burgundy/wine or grey (only because they are the 3 colors that make up 80% of my closet) and that's as far dark as I can tolerate.
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I've never seen a brown coat in my area. They just aren't attractive, and brown coat with coral shirt...sorry but yuck! That does not even sound appealing to me, lol.

navy or black, with a pastel blue or mint green, or go with white.
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I have a thing against beige, I just hate it as a clothing color, so it's black and white for me. untitled-2728-(ZF-3925-68583-1-011).jpg

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The coat is actually more grey with a brownish tone.
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