How tacky do you think it is to use a black pad on a dark bay for dressage? I think my horse looks much better in black than white, so at most of my events I've used my black BOT pad. I forgot my BOT pad once, so I just grabbed a white pad and someone at my barn said something to the effect of 'thank god, it's about time you got a white pad". I know it's personal preference, I can do whatever I want, etc. But, in your opinion, is it tacky to use a black pad on a dark bay? I've seen lots of greys using black, but never a bay.
I think the black pad looks much better. I almost always prefer black pads to white ones. They look classier, IMO. Is the person who told you "about time you got a white one" a very conventional person who generally goes along with the majority instead of thinking for themselves? Has anyone else commented? Was that comment a response to your question or did the person just throw it out at you?
I think the black pad looks great on your horse with the black tack, black points, and your black garments.
Besides the fact that I think the black pads look better, white dressage pads tend to creep me out because some of them, when they get really sweaty, (depending on the fabric they're made of, maybe) look to me like wet diapers.
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Generally I like white on bays but on your horse, I prefer the black pad! It brings out his (her?) dark coloring while emphasizing the brown highlights and in general, looks very classy. On a bright bay, I think white is best but yours looks great in black. For a more formal look, you might try a black pad with gold cording around the edge. That would look really sharp on your horse!
I have a grey horse and I show in black too. A white pad tends to make my horse look dirty, even if she's sparkling.
I have a darker bay mare with a long back, like yours. I go back and forth between black and white, but when I look at pictures, I like the look of black better. It helps with those horses that have longer backs to make it less obvious. I think your horse looks very good in black. The white is a little shocking.
You didn't ask "Is it tacky" but you asked "How tacky is it," so you pretty much said you think it's tacky to show in a black pad, just wondering to what degree it's tacky. Plenty of people do show in them and look very good. But there are only two people whose opinions matter: yours and the judge's. The judge doesn't care. Really. So if you think it's tacky, don't do it.
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I really like the look of the black pad on your horse because he has no white (at least on his legs, couldn't see his face). The white is quite startling to me in that photo whereas the black is complimentary.
I've just started using black on my chestnut tobiano because white pads can make his white spots look dirtier/yellower than they are. I ride in brown tack, and the black looks good with my black boots/helmet. I don't think black is tacky at all. And I agree that a subtle gold braid or piping would complement your outfit if you want to purchase a show pad other than your BOT.
I use black pads at shows all the time, but they usually have trim on them. White piping, black and white twist, black/white small checks, silver. I have a chestnut with lots of white that I've shown lots in a chocolate pad with gold braid trim.
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Then again, I also show in brown tack ... so I'm not the most fashion forward lol
All that said, I've contemplated a fitted, brown pad for my little palomino pinto since a white pad just shows off how her white is never white enough and doesn't highlight her well. (pic of her with white pad: https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-L...0/IMG_3347.JPG)
I am cussing my white pad now after it accidentally got washed with a red shirt and now it's pink. Anyone have opinions on showing with a pink pad? lol (just gotta pick up some RIT color remover and it'll be as good as new)
Before looking at your photos, I would say definitely white! But I did look and your horse looks lovely in the black pad! At a show this past weekend, there was a woman who showed a very dark bay in a cream pad and breeches and it was gorgeous.
Personally I prefer white or light colored pads for showing (even on my grey). Black to me always says "I didn't bother getting everything clean enough to wear it with white." That said, there is no rule or anything against it, so if you really love it so much more, go right ahead. Nice looking horse, btw!!
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