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        02-24-2009, 06:20 PM
    new to this - hat question?

    So I'm an English rider considering starting Western showing as well. I had a question about hats. I have a black felt hat, but it's not meant for show. Can hats like this be fitted to become show hats? It has an elastic-band type thing around the head hole, but that part can probably be taken off.
    If not, does anyone know an affordable place to get hats in Colorado?
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        02-24-2009, 06:26 PM
    If its a good felt hat it can be reshaped by a good hat person. I don't know of any by name but I would think any western wear store should be able to point you in the right direction for someone who can steam shape your hat. I know they can be done to a point, I think a total redo would warrant a new hat
    Its always good to have more than one anyway
        02-24-2009, 07:27 PM
    Could you post a picture of it? And as fa as like local shows or fun shows. I doubt that they would mind at all. But some time at least here in illinois they have 30 dollar hats at tractor supply and rural king.
        02-24-2009, 08:14 PM
    I think you would be better off getting a new hat.

    This is how a felt hat should be styled for show.
        02-24-2009, 09:57 PM
    Looking at that one, I noticed mine has little holes in the sides. I can't put up a pic of it, but it looks almost exactly like this one.

        02-25-2009, 04:41 PM
    That hat would get you by but I would get a nice hat if you can afford it. You need a hat that fits you well and has good shape... may sound stupid but you hat makes a big impression on your judge.
        02-25-2009, 04:43 PM
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    That one is perfectly fine for local shows. If you are doing breed shows or rated shows you'll want to get a different hat. But for local shows, it's fine.

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