XD looks like a lot of us use purple! I do as well, though in varying shades. It makes the mares look more feminine ^^ All of my tack is black or brown because I drive, but I'm planning on buying new pads for the breastpiece and surcingle soon, and I'm ordering them in purple!
her halter is 'wine' purple, and I have red, blue, purple, and brown leather leads. Lunge line and whip are purple too.
I agree that red looks horrible on most chestnuts, but my friend rides a mare named Shaniah, and Shaniah's colors are orange with a red browband, brown saddle, and red saddleseat. I think its cute.
and our QH gelding, Buddy- is ridden in all neutral colors except for his bright red reins! I find red to be a very attractive ACCENT color on chestnuts, so you might do well with navy and red!
but then again...Puddin' has a red headstall (she had a mahogany stained brown headstall but it snapped) and she doesn't look all that bad.
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