Lots of people do the hunter green look with chestnuts. Personally, I strongly prefer blues on my chestnut - especially navy. I think it is a better look for most chestnuts because it isn't as "contrasty" as the hunter/chestnut look.
My chestnut is not super red/orange, either, but certainly not liver chestnut. In any event, given the choices you've mentioned, I'd do either the hunter or the slate blue. I'd be super tempted to look around for a nice dark navy though...
I think that grey looks good on chestnuts. I have one, and for years I have gone the navy and hunter route. While those look very good, I think that this particular combo of grey/white(white looks REALLY good on chestnuts, but isn't practical in large amounts)/black that I use on my guy looks pretty classy.
Green, navy, brown. Certain other blues work too, but some of them look really bad, so navy is your best bet for blue. Pink/red generally doesn't work, except maybe on a liver chestnut. Personally, I HATE black on chestnuts.. it looks like Halloween. Yuck.
I tend towards the more traditional and like navy or hunter green on a chestnut. I have seen some kelly green that doesn't look too bad. I recently got a antisweat type sheet from Dover for everyday that is a denim/slate blue color with navy trim that doesn't look too bad. Royal blue also looks ok.
Thank you so much for your replies! Of all of the horses I have owned/leased over the years, I have never had to dress a chestnut. I have been scouting ebay for a nice dress sheet and here are the links to what I have found so far:
Absolutely gorgeous and I thought it would fit my horse, but after measuring him, I found out it was going to be too big.
I love, love, love this plaid too, but I think it might be a touch too small. I measured my horse by myself the other day (which was not a very easy task) and came up with 76" ish most of the times I measured. I came up with 74" one time, but I think that was a fluke.
Of the stuff you posted, I think I like the first one the best, although I also don't really mind dark burgandy on a chestnut either. Not sure if I would want it in a large quantity, though... I do generally prefer solids or a very subtle plaid, but the other thing that I think looks amazing on chestnuts is Baker plaid. Probably wouldn't want it in a dress sheet or cooler personally, but they definitely look cute in it for stable wear.
If it was me, I think I'd hold out for a nice solid dark navy with grey or tan trim (or something along those lines). Yummy.
Another thing to keep in mind is that I tend to think you can go a little larger in wool dress sheets than you can in other stable-wear. I personally like a wool dress sheet to be a little larger so that it can comfortably fit over my saddle if I want to toss it on for walking to the ring in the winter, etc. Plus, if you are using it at bath time it can be nice to have it a little larger. My horse was a 76 when I got him and a 78 now (3 when I got him; 5 now), and his wool dress sheet is an 80 (had it before I had him, lol). I have always liked the way it fits, even when he was a 76. It's a matter of personal preference, really, but thought I'd toss it out there for your consideration.
I'd also like to submit a nomination for dark green.
A couple of years ago I found a nice saddle blanket (western/wool style) to use when riding my boyfriend's sorrel TWH on camping trips. . .it has hunter green in it, along with dark brown, light brown and white, each of those colors divided by a bold black stripe.
All of my tack is black.
So, I have to say, he looks VERY handsome in it.
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