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post #1 of 6 Old 02-08-2013, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Showing in Brown Dressage Saddle?

Ok so I'm going to be competing in some dressage shows and doing some more eventing this summer. Everyone I see always has a black shiny dressage saddle though, and mine is brown. Its a Passier Grand Gilbert, so its definitely a nice quality saddle, but it is very dark brown like a jumping saddle. It gleams just like the black saddles do, and I think its beautiful. Do you think I will look weird showing in it though? I mean I will already be showing a Paint haha so I'm already doing things a little different. I attached a picture of us so you can see it :) Thanks for any advice!
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-08-2013, 08:51 AM
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I don't see a problem with it. I have seen a lot of horses in brown dressage saddles My old dressage saddle was brown and I was showing 3erd level with it and prelim horse trials. No one said anything.

The most important thing is that it is clean and your bridle matches and you are well turned out

I do want to say your flash is sitting to low in that picture. The caveson should be done up a bit higher under the cheek bone. Where the flash is sitting can restrict breathing.

On another note... I LOVE your horse. His(?) face is beautiful.

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post #3 of 6 Old 02-08-2013, 09:48 AM
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Black is for costers and cab horses.

Well - traditionally it was, anyway. They even changed the colour of British cavalry bridles from black to brown in 1809 because brown was easier to keep looking clean. And the dye didn't run and ruin their white gloves.

Brown is still the colour of choice for showing in the UK, and for old-fashioned people like me.

To paraphrase Henry Ford - 'Any colour, as long as it's brown.' :)

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post #4 of 6 Old 02-08-2013, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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Awesome, I'm glad we won't look THAT different lol. My friend was saying to just show in a cheap black one so we didn't stand out, but if I didn't want to stand out I would have bought a bay ;) and thats interesting about cab and calvary horses, I never knew that.

And yes, I know about the flash. Its not mine. That was at my friends barn and we were trying some of each others things to experiment. It didn't fit him obviously lol, and thanks! Hes my favorite $600 I've ever spent :) hes such a sweetie
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-08-2013, 05:28 PM
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Yep, nothing wrong with showing in a brown dressage saddle. I think yours looks very smart on your horse. My saddle fitter had a brown demo saddle that fit me and my horse like a glove; it looked fantastic on my cremello and even matched the bridle I already owned. I tried to convince her to sell it to me, but no such luck. She did let me borrow it for a show while I was still shopping around for my own saddle, though:

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post #6 of 6 Old 02-08-2013, 06:13 PM
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Love that dark brown! I think you'll be fine. Dressage isn't meant to be based on looks, just functionality.
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