I agree. I'd rather be safe than look good! And I think I am, or I hope I am. That's why I'm not careening around a training course just because my horse has done it before. I'm sticking to my BN thank you very much! :) I wear all black on XC, with the exception of my blue vest. Then Geof wears a blue saddle pad, and my helmet color is blue and black, and I think my watch and crop..... lol My trainer makes us braid, and it isn't that bad. I can pull braids out in two minutes flat. Probably less. And I usually have at least a couple hours inbetween ride times to do it.