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    10-18-2010, 11:06 AM
Question Is black tack tacky?

I was thinking about getting a black close contact saddle. I though that not only would it look cool, but then I could have a black bridle that I can use for both dressage and jumping. So ultimately, less tack I have to own= more money saved.

BUT I'm wondering... is black tack acceptable in the hunter and equitation rings?

I'm going to start doing jumping shows next summer (instead of just dressage), and I'd like to try out hunters, jumpers, and equitation to see what I like best. I don't want to have the wrong tack, especially since I hear Hunters and Equitation shows are are rather picky.

Thanks in advance for your opinions!
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    10-18-2010, 11:13 AM
I wouldn't see how it would be considered tacky. Of course I don't do that type of riding. I'm pretty sure that I've seen black tack used in some of the shows that I've seen on TV.
    10-18-2010, 11:15 AM
I am sorry to say that black tack is not considered acceptable in the hunter ring.

You can use it in the jumper ring, sure. But it is considered non-conventional in the hunter ring.
    10-18-2010, 11:16 AM
Black tack is classic for many disciplines, but I do believe in the Hunter ring it's grounds for disqualification.

Alwaysbehind would know, because she's a Hunter Princess.
    10-18-2010, 11:17 AM
Not grounds for disqualification. Just not conventional. No rule against it directly.

I am an X-hunter princess. Laugh. My old man prefers his retirement of hanging in the pasture now.
    10-18-2010, 11:31 AM
Okay, so black tack is not good for hunters. Good to know! What about equitation? I know it's judged soley on the rider, but am I still supposed to be "conventional"?
    10-18-2010, 11:33 AM
Yes, still supposed to be conventional there.
    10-18-2010, 11:43 AM
Huh, okay. Somewhat disappointing, but mostly I'm grateful! I guess it's better to have an extra bridle or two than spend $700 on a saddle that I can only use in Jumpers. Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOOO much!!!
    10-18-2010, 01:00 PM
Green Broke
Yeah, if you were doing jumpers or eventing then black tack would look very snazzy.

However in the hunter ring they like their traditional brown tack.
    10-18-2010, 04:52 PM
Come to the dark side, and do eventing, then you can have a black jump saddle! Haha. But yeah like others have said no black for hunters.

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