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    04-04-2010, 08:57 PM
Green Broke
Haha, exactly Drew!

The only people that use yarn and needles around here are the upper level riders, and even then some use bands! My friend Shelby braided her horse for a CCI* with bands for the Young Riders... she says she never sews
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    04-04-2010, 10:37 PM
Drew, I think Blue and Yellow are very sharp! I really like the combination.

Besides, I'd wrather see that than Hot Pink and Lime Green. Or Purple and Lime Green. Lol.

BUT as I've said before, if you like it, that's all that matters. Your horse, your money, your time, your choice. If others don't like it, myself included, do not have to look. It's not about anyone but you and your horse.
    04-04-2010, 10:55 PM
Green Broke
Thanks! I don't think I'll ever change colors again. But ya never know!

I always use yarn for dressage. I've never banded and I've never sewn.
    04-04-2010, 11:34 PM
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With practice, you can make near perfect button braids using only rubber bands. They can be instantly removed without any risk of cutting hair trying to cut yarn out. I much prefer it. I have had people doubt that my braids are not sewn in.
    04-05-2010, 05:46 PM
I was the despair of my hunter riding instructor as a kid because I was all thumbs when it came to braiding. We did yarn with the pulls. She made me practice on barbie dolls at home and I still never really got the flair for it. I can do it, but very slooowwwly. Right now I'm mainly doing jumpers as small and medium shows so I can get away with just pulling. I like pulling - you can do it a few days ahead of time!

I think that colors tastefully done actually enhance the sporty look of the horses on XC and thought the rider in the PH article was nicely done. The only thing that looked a little strange to me was the blue stirrup covers. I certainly wouldn't have termed it gaudy. But once we reach a certain age we all get set in our ways, so I can respect GM for his opinion and his attempt, albiet strained to make allowances for taste. Of course, I've seen several pics of GM in his rust breeches, which to my eye is way worse than navy and hunter blue on the XC field. ;)
    04-05-2010, 06:11 PM
I sort of agree with him, I color coordinate (in royal blue), but not EVERYTHING is royal blue. Usually just my shirt/safety vest matches his saddle pad, maybe a helmet cover. I only do this for x-country I wear traditional stuff for dressage and show jumping. It really helps to have your 'own color' in barns, so you can label your grooming stuff with colored tape or anything that may get used by lesson kids. I don't like to write on my stuff so the tape is a good option that isn't permanent. I wish I was a high enough level to go to one of his clinics, I very much respect George Morris. I read his articles in practical horseman every month.
    04-05-2010, 06:14 PM
Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
With practice, you can make near perfect button braids using only rubber bands. They can be instantly removed without any risk of cutting hair trying to cut yarn out. I much prefer it. I have had people doubt that my braids are not sewn in.
Agreed...I always found yarn hard to do/ more tedious than rubber bands I always use cream colored rubber bands if I do braid for a show. But usually for the shows I'm doing it's not necessary.
    04-05-2010, 08:50 PM
Color-wise, I guess it all depends on what you like and prefer. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and it's your money. Do what you like with it! =] I have sky blue and black, and my pad is sky blue, my woof boots are sky blue and black, my splints are black, my bell boots are [sadly] royal blue, and my tack is all black. Black breeches with a sky blue stripe down the side, black vest, sky blue polo. Blue helmet, black gloves.
So I guess we're coordinated to the T, but not intentionally, not at first. I got the breeches and the tack before I started eventing, as well as the pad, so I guess my family [via gifting] picked my colors for me! =]

As for braiding... I do yarn and tie. I tried rubber bands, and it just doesn't work for me. With a seam ripper, it takes me at most five minutes to take them out, and I love the "wild n curly" look Zip ends up with out on XC. ^.^ I think a neat mane, cut straight and short, would work for the lower levels, but for Zip, his mane absolutely will not stay on one side no matter what I do. Soooo... yarn it is. =] I've gotten pretty darn good at it- it looks neat, tidy, and it only takes me an hour or so.
    04-05-2010, 11:54 PM
Green Broke
Centaur makes really good colored bells, and they make them in light blue. I have the pink ones and LUVE them!
    04-06-2010, 12:07 AM
WAH! But they are pull on's - I hate pull on's!

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