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post #1 of 7 Old 01-25-2020, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Costumes for Costume Classes

It's pretty much been decided what horse I'll be riding for the show season and because he's such a steady eddy, I decided I wanted to do costume classes.

Thing is, I'm not sure whether it's worth it to make one really nice costume to use for the entire show season, or make multiple different lower quality costumes. I don't know if I would have the time or creativity to do multiple high quality costumes. But having one costume just seems like a bad idea for an entire season. Thoughts and/or experiences?

This whole horse girl phase wasn't supposed to last this long... oh well.
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-26-2020, 02:31 AM
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Elaborate doesn't always work sometimes simple is best.

Black legging, black shirt, black hat and boots, white collar, a large cross around the neck, carry a bible and go as Sermon on the Mount.
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-26-2020, 03:41 AM Thread Starter
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Haha! I don't think I could ever do something that simple! Just the way I am. 😂 But certainly is a good back up.

This whole horse girl phase wasn't supposed to last this long... oh well.
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-27-2020, 11:32 AM
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Our cheap, simple costumes always beat out the over the top ones because they were unusual and creative.

The best was probably the chestnut horse with a bunch of googly eyes stuck on him. And a great big purple ribbon we altered a little.

He was the farmer’s prize winning potato.

The judges see a lot of repeat ideas. They aren’t often looking for who put the most $$ into it. They’re looking for something new or a twist on it the haven’t seen.

Treat it like a fun class and try different things is my advice.
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post #5 of 7 Old 01-27-2020, 12:02 PM
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I suggest you make one costume that you can interchange parts to give it a different look so it seems like a different outfit!
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post #6 of 7 Old 01-27-2020, 09:43 PM
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My child spray painted a huge paper mache bumble bee he had made in kindergarten and I saved, so it looked like a fly, complete with metallic googley eyes and velcroed it to the back end of the saddle pad. He dressed as a policeman and carried a giant flyswatter we found at a Mardi Gras supply and he and his horse went as the original Swat team. The police uniform came from a goodwill type store. Entire costume was under $15 and that included paint.

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post #7 of 7 Old 01-28-2020, 01:08 PM
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I made my horse a tuxedo t-shirt with black SMBs and white bell boots. I dressed up in a black suit, with sunglasses and hat - we went as Secret Agent Man.

I also made an Arab Costume for my 1/2 Arab.

Both were for a freestyle reining class at a cowhorse show.

I like @txgirl 's idea - make something that you can change a few things so make different costumes. Have no clue what that could be, but it's a great idea.
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