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InsideLeg2OutsideRein
Nov. 17, 2010, 02:42 PM
:lol: K, I'm way ahead of myself, but I have high hopes that my young horse and I will be ready to show Training or First next summer :D, and one can never start early enough to shop for a show pad.

She's a very dapple (steel/silver) grey with three black legs, one white stocking, light colored mane and tail. She looks fabulous in black, has black tack with a tinsy bit of bling in the browband ;).

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs024.snc4/33571_455962102887_78136157887_5346236_7762044_n.j pg


I was looking at these pads:
http://www.dressageextensions.com/images%5Clarge%5C25992.jpg

What color do you show your grey in? Would you consider any other conservative color like a dark blue?

:D

TropicalStorm
Nov. 17, 2010, 05:47 PM
Your girl is lovely! I love them when they are that color

I've done both black and white on my grey for a show
I tend to like the white, because I like that the saddle stands out more.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs158.ash2/41256_463770565258_567570258_6884422_7142750_n.jpg

(as for colors outside of black/white at shows, I don't. (but I try to blend LOL. It's interesting enough having the 18hh grey horse!) But you should see what I ride in at home. I have *counts* 14 different saddle pads and matching boots all going from orange to green anything in between LOL) Check your rules though...I could be crzy, but I thought Equine Canada limited Gold shows to black/white/grey showpads...

bort84
Nov. 17, 2010, 05:50 PM
I vote for white. But I always vote for white = )

I think black is nice for smaller clinics and schooling shows for sure. But white just looks so crisp against the horse and tack, even though some argue it can make a grey or other light color look dingy. I have a leopard appy (white and black), and I use black for his everyday pads as well as for little schooling shows or casual clinics. But I like white on pretty much everyone for the big days = )

Danged Arab
Nov. 17, 2010, 05:52 PM
Oooh, she's pretty! When I had a gray that color, I used a black pad with blue piping, sort of on the darker side of sky blue, not powder blue, not navy. It was gorgeous.

ACP
Nov. 17, 2010, 06:09 PM
I vote for solid white. But I am a conservative old bat! LOL! I just like the formality of the attire, and the fact that having everyone dress alike, and use very nearly identical tack, puts the focus on the horse.

alto
Nov. 17, 2010, 09:18 PM
Have some fun & show in color! as you move up the levels, you'll be more restricted so The White will be waiting for you :)

I'd likely go with the sky blue this year :yes:

Trevelyan96
Nov. 17, 2010, 10:10 PM
I vote white with black piping for recognized, black with white piping for schooling shows.

I love black on a grey, but I like the crispness of the white against the saddle.

caevent
Nov. 17, 2010, 10:19 PM
The darker the gray, the better white looks! As the gray starts to turn whiter, the better black looks!

Keep white on your horse for a few years, depending on how slowly her color fades. When you're ready to go to a black pad, I highly recommend black with silver piping. Super sharp. :cool:

BetterOffRed
Nov. 17, 2010, 10:42 PM
Pretty Mare!

The white with the black and white piping would look lovely on her.

honeydoozy
Nov. 17, 2010, 11:06 PM
The darker the gray, the better white looks! As the gray starts to turn whiter, the better black looks!



I totally agree with this!

I have a friend who has watched her gray horse drift lighter, and he really does look better in black now that he's approaching "white".

That's the thing - if you use a clean white pad, inevitably the horse might look dirty, even if he's not.

johnnysauntie
Nov. 18, 2010, 12:13 AM
The darker the gray, the better white looks! As the gray starts to turn whiter, the better black looks!

Keep white on your horse for a few years, depending on how slowly her color fades. When you're ready to go to a black pad, I highly recommend black with silver piping. Super sharp. :cool:

This, exactly. A friend showed her 15 yr old fleabitten in both black and white pads. The black looked so much sharper. Remember to post pix of us next spring!

Heck, post pix of your horse wearing both. That will help us form more accurate opinions!

Foxhound
Nov. 18, 2010, 08:28 AM
if you use a clean white pad, inevitably the horse might look dirty, even if he's not.

This. You will get more use out of a black pad. You may also want to invest in a Costco-sized pack of sticky lint rollers. You will need them as she lightens :)

ArabDiva
Nov. 18, 2010, 08:51 AM
The darker the gray, the better white looks! As the gray starts to turn whiter, the better black looks!

Keep white on your horse for a few years, depending on how slowly her color fades. When you're ready to go to a black pad, I highly recommend black with silver piping. Super sharp. :cool:

THIS. My mare is a silver grey tending towards white now (someday she will probably be all white with silver mane....gorgeous but hard to keep clean!!! :eek: ) And we show in black with silver piping and it is very sharp looking. If i put white on her, even with black piping, we just look blaaaaaah. But I would never put a black pad on my chestnut or bay.

Without seeing a pic of your guy's back it's hard to tell but for now i think you could pull off either color and look sharp. He might even be dark enough that white is still more flattering.



That's the thing - if you use a clean white pad, inevitably the horse might look dirty, even if he's not.

Yup. This is totally true. I clean and clean and CLEAN her but she still has enough grey and chestnut that a clean white pad makes her look yellowish. BLECH. Photo so you can see what i mean: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brittanyhunter/4612188990/


You may also want to invest in a Costco-sized pack of sticky lint rollers. You will need them as she lightens :)

FOR SURE. white hairs white hairs everywhere..... no matter how careful I am I always have to have somebody lint-roller my jacket and my pad just before i get into the ring!

eponacowgirl
Nov. 18, 2010, 09:01 AM
Black... it never occured to me to use white on my dark dapple mare, but she probably would have looked smashing.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=33659529&l=38112d7a13&id=51801315

ArabDiva
Nov. 18, 2010, 09:04 AM
Black... it never occured to me to use white on my dark dapple mare, but she probably would have looked smashing.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=33659529&l=38112d7a13&id=51801315

Yes, white would be striking on that mare.

Really IMO with greys it's all about the contrast. You want maximum contrast for the right effect.

My mare, however, not so much: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brittanyhunter/4612188990/ (see what I mean when I say it would make her look dirty)

Vesper Sparrow
Nov. 18, 2010, 10:08 AM
My five year old still has a noticeable blaze and a touch of bay in his coat so it is silvery-bronze with dapples, so I think white looks best. I don't know about where you will be showing, but up here everyone seems to stick to white at the recognized shows. For schooling shows, I will go as far as a white pad with two thin oblique bronze stripes at the back, which match his coat perfectly, or a black pad, but I think white really looks best.

For schooling, I like black (with tan piping) and various shades of blue on him. I'd like to try something bolder like a plaid if I saw one at the tack store.

purplnurpl
Nov. 18, 2010, 10:25 AM
white is classic. I've never appreciated black pads.

I have a seamsright.com pad. white. dark gray trim with a black pipe.
It once looked smashing.

here is my horse as a dark kid, age 6:

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p189/xckaboom/pad.jpg


here he is grown, age 9. same pad. but now he's got a chestnut tail and totally red flea bitten (ewww).

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p189/xckaboom/boink1.jpg

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p189/xckaboom/33753_10150269472240212_664505211_15047457_5513573 _n.jpg

I was going to use a different pad on him this weekend but I bleached the logo on one side. grrrrrr. So I have to stick with the wide dark gray trim.
I don't think it looks so great any longer. With his new nappy rust color. yuck.
I no longer will wear white breeks on him either. Way to make my dirty looking horse look dirtier!

ArabDiva
Nov. 18, 2010, 11:42 AM
white is classic. I've never appreciated black pads.

I have a seamsright.com pad. white. dark gray trim with a black pipe.
It once looked smashing.

here is my horse as a dark kid, age 6:

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p189/xckaboom/pad.jpg


here he is grown, age 9. same pad. but now he's got a chestnut tail and totally red flea bitten (ewww).

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p189/xckaboom/boink1.jpg

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p189/xckaboom/33753_10150269472240212_664505211_15047457_5513573 _n.jpg

I was going to use a different pad on him this weekend but I bleached the logo on one side. grrrrrr. So I have to stick with the wide dark gray trim.
I don't think it looks so great any longer. With his new nappy rust color. yuck.
I no longer will wear white breeks on him either. Way to make my dirty looking horse look dirtier!

I think your red-grey horse is beautiful and you guys make a great pair! have you thought about light grey britches on him, instead of tan? it might tone down the redness just enough--bring out the steel in his coat a little.

InsideLeg2OutsideRein
Nov. 18, 2010, 11:48 AM
Hm, thanks everyone. I think black with silver piping is still very far at the top of my list, but I might stick with white with a classy piping for now. I always use a sheepskin halfpad directly on her back, so maybe I need to go for a Mattes pad (oh right, more $$$$) for show. And OMG, smartpak has a sale! ;)

http://www.smartpakequine.com/ProductClass.aspx?productclassid=9520&cm_vc=Search

ShadyLover
Nov. 18, 2010, 02:16 PM
I vote Navy! One of the girl's at my barn has a beautiful gray horse and Navy looks amazing on them!

mickeydoodle
Nov. 18, 2010, 03:29 PM
I vote navy also. I have a grey, and it looked great when he had dapples and looks great now that he is white.

bort84
Nov. 18, 2010, 03:46 PM
white is classic. I've never appreciated black pads.

I have a seamsright.com pad. white. dark gray trim with a black pipe.
It once looked smashing.

here is my horse as a dark kid, age 6:

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p189/xckaboom/pad.jpg


here he is grown, age 9. same pad. but now he's got a chestnut tail and totally red flea bitten (ewww).

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p189/xckaboom/boink1.jpg

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p189/xckaboom/33753_10150269472240212_664505211_15047457_5513573 _n.jpg

I was going to use a different pad on him this weekend but I bleached the logo on one side. grrrrrr. So I have to stick with the wide dark gray trim.
I don't think it looks so great any longer. With his new nappy rust color. yuck.
I no longer will wear white breeks on him either. Way to make my dirty looking horse look dirtier!

He's a very handsome boy! I think he would like quite nice with a white pad and breeches, honestly. He's very definitely not white, so I think the contrast would work without making him look dingy like it can on a very close to white horse.

I also like the idea that ArabDiva mentioned of grey breeches versus tan if you're against white, not that it matters what y'all wear, you're a very good looking pair = )

retrofit
Nov. 19, 2010, 08:59 AM
I got this pad (note the sale price!) in white as a show pad for my dapple grey.
http://www.vtosaddlery.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=VTO&Product_Code=CESDP&Category_Code=

When she's older and whiter, I plan to switch to a white pad with a wide black trim (not piping) - like Purplnurpl's pad. That way I have the classic white (I'm another black-pad-hater, sorry) but I won't have the direct contrast with white against her coat.