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post #11 of 31 Old 04-04-2010, 11:39 AM
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Well, as fun as colors are - don't get me wrong, I like my baby blue and navy blue, but as my Coach keeps stressing to me *She's a traditionalist as well* that the performance is more important than colors.

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post #12 of 31 Old 04-04-2010, 11:58 AM
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I'm a traditionalist in that I still insist on wearing white breeches on XC.
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I usually wear white as well, because I really don't have time nor care to take the time to change my clothes between the dressage phase to the XC phase.

But I don't braid either for dressage, because I don't have the time to take out all those blasted things after dressage - nor do I care to take the time to do so. So I just make sure Nelson's mane is clean, tidy, pulled and non interfearing. Besides, I like to have mane out on the CC course incase I need to grab onto it.

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Does anyone do a dark purple? I always thought that would be my color if I did eventing.

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Somebody? Probably Jimmy Wofford? Wrote a column for PH about a disturbing trend in eventing; riders who had color coordinated everything, down to the pinstriping on their truck and trailer and their luggage, but were ill prepared to compete, particularly on XC and cited lack of money for professional training as the reason. I loved that one; and I don't think that the phenomonom is peculiar to eventing.

Somehow, if you see someone with hot pink and lime green as their colors, and it's on their helmet, shirt, bat, gloves, saddle pad, petal bells and splint boots, your suspicion that they'll be scary/dangerous xc or eliminated goes way up....
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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.

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I usually wear white as well, because I really don't have time nor care to take the time to change my clothes between the dressage phase to the XC phase.

But I don't braid either for dressage, because I don't have the time to take out all those blasted things after dressage - nor do I care to take the time to do so. So I just make sure Nelson's mane is clean, tidy, pulled and non interfearing. Besides, I like to have mane out on the CC course incase I need to grab onto it.
Ewww, I do braid. Almost always. I use rubber bands on the smaller shows and they take two minutes to remove. I can make rubber band braids look almost as good as sewn in braids. I braid for the smaller shows to stay in practice.

Grab mane? OF COURSE!! That's why God put all that hair down their neck!
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I love grabbing mane, I love manes period!!!!!

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lol, if you used rubber bands around my Coach and her coach - they'd have a hayday *no pun intended*

They are strong traditionalists, and say "If you braid, braid right. If you can't braid correctly, don't do it at all". Now that I think about it, that is how it was in Pony Club as well.

Braiding in my area, means needle, yarn, sewing - blah. I will do that for actual Dressage Shows, but not for eventing - at lower levels. If I were doing Prelim and above, I would definately braid properly and thoroughly. Then again, at those levels I would have a groom to help me out through the phase transitions too, lol.

Not saying there is anything wrong with using just rubber bands to braid. All the power to you. Just in my area, it is considered better to not braid and have a neat and tidy mane than to do it that way.

I love the fact that in the sport of Eventing at lower levels, you don't get penalized for having a non braided mane in the dressage ring.

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I like to think my colors stand out... but are appropriate. Navy Blue and Yellow.

And even if they're not... i like them anyway :)

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