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Well, I got a new pad & polo wraps for Christmas. I want to know how frowned-upon it is to use them in local hunter shows? They're teal :wink:.

I've seen people use colored SQUARE pads, even though this is a show fleece pad, but colored. Just curious,I don't have any photo's :?.

But - since they're just local shows for fun, I was thinking about wearing a Hollister polo to match the pad. Like this..



As I said before, just local shows for fun, anyone think it's okay? I have beige breeches and tall boots.

Oh, for reference, I bought to color to suit my pony.. :)


 

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In my opinion I think if riding at a hunter show it is never correct to have a colored pad. A fitted white pad is the way to go.

But I am the type who will not show with out my jacket even when the judge makes them optional because of the extreme heat.

Neat and tidy horse and rider with properly fitted tack is first thing after a well trained and cared for horse.
 

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Proper hunter attire should always be the norm, even in open shows.

No colored pads or wraps. Save the colored stuff for hacking or trail riding.

Yes, the colors are cute. No, they're not proper attire for the hunt ring, regardless of how many other people use them.

I'm a snob when it comes to acceptable turn out for shows. If you're serious about riding and showing in a particular discipline, you should always have the proper attire.
 

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If you're serious about riding and showing in a particular discipline, you should always have the proper attire.
I have to agree.

And I know some judges who feel the same way and will mark you down if your are not wearing proper attire.
 

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Ditto, ditto.

I would wear the polo shirt and the matching pad at a jumper show or combined test in a minute; and perhaps at a *schooling* hunter show, depending on how casual the show. If people are showing in chaps, I wouldn't quibble about the pad.
 

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I absolutely love your shirt! Love the fitting and the color! do you know where it came from by any chance?
 

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I have the firm belief that you should always look the part. If you're going in for a job interview, no matter how small or entry level the job may be, you go in looking clean, neat, conservative and professional. The same goes for a hunter show. Out of respect to the judge and the sport, you go on looking clean, neat, conservative and professional. Generally, any kind of wraps or polos are not allowed in any hunter classes, even schooling shows. I don't think square pads are suitable for hunter classes, ESP colored. Even if every other person were to were a colored pad and matching polo, I'd opt for the shaped fleece pad and at least a show shirt if you have one.
 

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In my opinion I think if riding at a hunter show it is never correct to have a colored pad. A fitted white pad is the way to go.

But I am the type who will not show with out my jacket even when the judge makes them optional because of the extreme heat.

Neat and tidy horse and rider with properly fitted tack is first thing after a well trained and cared for horse.
I agree.

The only variation I enjoy is to use a half pad only, white or natural colored sheepskin (off-white) instead of a full pad. I think it looks very "neat" and tidy, as long as the half pad fits the saddle well.
 
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