I am going to my first western show later on and I'm preparing my outfit (I have to order it). I know you have to color coordinate, but I have a tan saddle pad that goes over your thick pad and I'm mainly going to be wearing a dark outfit. Here is a link to the saddle pad: Tough-1 Topeka Saddle Blanket - Statelinetack.com
It's the tan one.
My horse is a sorrel.
Does everything go together or do I need to use a different color saddle pad?
Thanks for the information.
What kind of saddle are you using? That's a pretty small pad at 32x32. Measure your saddle, you'll need room around the edges. Most standard show saddles can fit a 34x36 (recommend 34x38 though). Look into mayatex, you'll be able to find a wide range of colors in a decent price range.
Where are you planning to show in NC? I'm from NC too. =)
This is what I wore to my first show, and I fit right in:
You want your whole turnout to coordinate, from hat to boots to pad. You'd be surprised at how little I paid for that outfit, minus hat and tack. My parents gave me my hat as a gift, and the tack is borrowed from my instructor. I wish the chaps fit better, but I'm a hard fit, and they were super cheap, so I make do.
Hertford is where the show is. I'm actually wearing black jeans, boots that are brown at the bottom...and a blackish/silver shirt (If it fits, I ordered it so I'm not sure if it'll fit or not). Since you're wearing similar to what I"ll be wearing (blck) and using a dark pad, I guess I can't use my saddle pad then since it's mainly tan.