My lease horse uses a white riser pad and black brush boots (front legs) every ride. Do I keep them on for showing? (Sorry if this is a dumb question but I want to be sure).
I'm getting my very first pair of tall boots tomorrow. Should I work on breaking them in? If so, how?
And a fun question...which color shirt should I get for a navy blue show coat?
yes! the quality of the boot will determine break in. There are lots of "tricks" you can look up, but I think wearing them is the best personally. Just wear them around the house, stairs (weight in heels like riding), wear them to the barn and wear them the whole time. Remember that pain behind your knee is normal at first, and most field boots will drop about 1/2 an inch and to account for that.
For a shirt: you can never go wrong with white! It depends on the type of showing you're doing as far as "acceptable" colors. White and light pastels (blue, lavender, pink, mint, etc) are always safe and that's what I'd recommend for you to start with. Then you'll be safe for sure, and you can go to the show and see what others are wearing and go from there.
At some shows, mostly open and 4H you'll see bright colors (neon pink, teal, etc) but these are non traditional and not widely accepted.
Also at the open/QH/breed shows (non H/J) a lot of people are wearing black on black (coat/shirt), burgundy, grey, prints, etc. these are also non traditional, they are acceptable at these shows in the HUS type classes but white/traditional colors should be worn for eq.
If your coat has an underlying pattern, say navy with light blue windowpane, a light blue shirt will bring out the underlying color.
Also make sure to get a good pair of black leather gloves! YouTube hunter hair and cronofthehorse has an excellent hair video!
Have fun and enjoy your show!