I'm shadbelly shopping (woo hoo!) and am looking for something affordable since I will likely only have a couple of years on my current horse as he's older. After that I'll be bringing along my youngster so it will be several years before I get to show FEI again - I'd rather save money for training and showing now and wait to invest in something custom until baby is ready. I've heard good reviews on the RJ Classics shad so I was taking a look. They have the dressage shad (http://www.smartpakequine.com/rj-cla...x?cm_vc=Search)which is over $200 more than this one:
The tails look slightly shorter than the dressage shad and they're rounded rather than square. I'm not especially short but I'm not especially tall either so I'm not sure the tail length would matter a whole lot on me. Anyone see a reason why this shad would be unsuitable for dressage? The price difference seems a bit ridiculous.
My mom also sent me a link to an Ovation that's very affordable. Does anyone have this one? It looks like it could be nice looking as well... I like that it comes in navy as that's what I'd prefer but I haven't seen any reviews of this one so I'm a little concerned about quality. I know it won't be custom quality but I'd like something well made that looks good (i.e. not super cheap).
I know someone with the Ovation shad. It's not a work of art but it's a lot nicer than I expected. It fits well and has lasted several seasons with machine washing. I certainly can't tell it's a less expensive shad from ringside.
The Ovation shad is HEAVY. The best thing about the RJ shads is how lightweight they are - the fabric is unbelievable. They look like the imported European jackets that are twice the price, whereas the Ovation looks exactly like its price tag would indicate.