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post #1 of 20 Old 04-30-2012, 03:03 AM Thread Starter
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Are "ribbon brow bands" okay for dressage schooling shows?

I was thinking of doing something a bit more "flashy" with Cinny's brow band for our next schooling show but don't really want to go for the crystals, stones, beads etc. Would a simple "ribbon" brow band be okay at a schooling show. The show is a "polo shirts okay" show, not a formal "coat required" show.

I was thinking something like this, but without the flowers on the sides, just plain ends.

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post #2 of 20 Old 04-30-2012, 04:17 AM
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Down here we do Diamante browbands but I think that would be fine for a schooling sjow :) At State dressage we rode in our Zone colours of black and white, with a ribbon browband and that was a big event and it was fine :) Id say it would be ok :) don't see why not...

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some on here think that you should just go plain ,as nothing screams 'showie' more.
I think that would be fine as it is not a official comp :)
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I love those :) Think it would look awesome on Cinny.

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some on here think that you should just go plain ,as nothing screams 'showie' more.
I think that would be fine as it is not a official comp :)
The problem with Cinny is that he's....BLACK. Pair that with a black bridle, and he looks like he doesn't even have one. Just so... plain plain plain on him unless I use a bridle with white padding, which I used to but it got a pain to keep the white part white.

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I love those :) Think it would look awesome on Cinny.
Thanks! I think it would detract the eye from that bulge in his forehead too!
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I don't see why not frankly. I'd give it a try.

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I wouldn't see an issue with it at that level show.
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Thanks guys, I might try it. I wanted a fancier headband so it stands out, I just thought stones, beads, etc would be too much for my horse's ability. I had a local trainer at my last show warn me that Cinny can be a disappointment... she meant it in a nice way. She explained that he is a very nice looking horse, and I have a habit of putting him together very well for a show.... he steps into the arena and he calls attention and people look up, and take notice expecting him to perform as wonderfully as he looks.... only he doesn't or at least he didn't last show.

I took it as very constructive advice and noted to self.... don't make my horse flashier than he performs!
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I'm sorry I don't buy that theory. No matter a horses level or a riders level you turn them out to the best of your ability and ride them to the best of theirs.
As an adult, I would not ride with a ribbon brow band but a crystal one simply done would be nice.
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As an adult, I would not ride with a ribbon brow band but a crystal one simply done would be nice.
Many people in my area show TWHs in ribbon browbands (and they are adults). So it's not a "kiddie" thing.

Cinny, I am a big believer that doesn't matter how or on what level you ride your horse and tack should look like a silver dollar (clean, shiny, shaved, braided). Look means a lot, simply for your own confidence and pleasure.

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