I just ordered a black jumping saddle for my black and white horse. My 20 year old hunterdon was causing me all sorts of pain, so I upgraded to a very moderately used (and apparently rare) Bates Caprilli jumping saddle. It comes next week.
I'm currently riding with a lovely H/J trailer who politely tried to talk me out of it. I figure the chance of me ever doing rated hunters at my old age is slim to none.
I just thought the black saddle with a white saddle pad and my black bridle would look wicked "shaaaaahhhp" (or wicked sharp to those of you not from Boston) on my little black pony.
Nothing shaaaaaaapppaaaaa than black tack on a black horse! If you are showing rated hunters I'd get something brown, but for local stuff or jumpers black tack should be fine. I was at the Vermont summer festival last year and there was a big black and white pinto doing the jumpers. She had black tack and they looked like a million bucks!
I did the unrated shows with my black saddle (that even had long billets) and black bridle.
I did not feel comfortable going to rated shows in this tack, however, and I bought all new tack. Brown saddle and fancy stitch bridle.
when in Rome!!
(I also switched to a D ring)
Jumpers and unrated, go for it!
I would def recommend brown tack and a plain square raised bridle if you are going to show at rated hunter shows. (Your horse is quite fancy and a fancy stitch would take away from his awesomeness --and lovely white blaze)
I don't think rated shows will ever be our "thing." I can think of more fun ways to blow $500+ in a weekend. But local/schooling shows. Yeah. Once a year? Maybe twice? Watch out ladies, we're BRINGIN' IT!
Somehow my inner ten year old seems to have stolen my chequebook!
I have a black Delgrange PJ and love it, got a deal on it and it fit my ponies. I use dark brown bridles as well since that is what I had. Here it is with my black horse in a Joe Fargis clinic. He made plenty of comments about various people's tack during the clinic but nary a peep about the color of my saddle.
Personally I dislike black tack, even on dressage horses, but as long as you're happy and it fits you both well I wouldn't worry about what the rest of us think. And since you don't plan to show, it shouldn't be a problem with your trainer either.
I had a tall grey Arabian. My Crosby Event saddle was black. I bought a black bridle. It looked very nice on the Grey horse.
If you like it and it fits you and the horse, what is the problem?
Sounds like 2nd grade kids to point and say ummmm.
It is no big deal.