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MightyEventer 02-11-2011 10:08 AM

Time to grow out of colored saddle pads at horse shows?
 
Here is a picture of my custom saddle pad i got Mouse for my birthday about a year ago.
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I've limited all my colors for my show to only this saddle pad and red bell boots. But at some shows, i will be the only one with a colored saddle pad and im starting to just feel unprofessional, i know i am only 16, but i want to be taken seriously and looked at as a determined rider, not just some teen who is fooling around! ---I know me thinking just since i have a colored saddle pad means im unprofessional(which im certainly not yet obviously) is a bit silly but what are your thoughts? Think i should ditch the saddle pad and switch to a nice white one so i will look nice? or keep it for a little bit longer?

whiskeynoo 02-11-2011 10:11 AM

I LOVE it, i say keep it a little longer, just because you have a colored saddle pad doesn't mean you can't be unprofessional.

MightyEventer 02-11-2011 10:16 AM

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Originally Posted by whiskeynoo (Post 924741)
I LOVE it, i say keep it a little longer, just because you have a colored saddle pad doesn't mean you can't be unprofessional.

Thats what i was thinking :) i think when i move up to prelim (which i have some time) then i will "retire" our saddle pad since i was considering changing mouses show name back to his racing name which is Mighty Yield anyway since he deserves a bit more "grown up" show name than Mighty Mouse competing at prelim :)

whiskeynoo 02-11-2011 10:22 AM

That sounds like a good idea and you can always use your mighty mouse pad as an everyday one or keep it for a little memento.

MacabreMikolaj 02-11-2011 11:11 AM

I really wouldn't worry! I noticed around here we don't have a lot of "flamboyant" eventers anymore, but one of my friends is a huge professional in the industry, she's a coach and trainer as well as president of our local eventing association and she always goes out in full British gear! It's hilarious, she stands out like a sore thumb, but it's just her thing! She has red bell boots, a red saddle pad with the British flag on it and her body protector is the British flag!

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MIEventer 02-11-2011 11:25 AM

I think you're over thinking things, and making a mountain out of a molehill :) And I find it hard to believe that you're the only one with a colored pad, for CC at Events.

In stadium, you should be in a white pad or black pad - so that's understandable, but CC - who cares what color you are.

I love your pad, go for it - regardless if you are doing Prelim or not. If you don't want it, I'll take it :)

I have seen all ranges of colors and horse names - from BN to 3*. So what! I see colors from Hot Pinks, to Oranges, to Reds, to Blues in the Professional World - go with whatever you want.

It isn't about what color of pad you have, or what the name of your horse is - it is about your performance and your ability to proove yourself competative wise. Not color wise.


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