Aunt Ester, did you read responces to my "critique us" post? The white gloves - they are overpriced and always from thin, not breathable material. There are so much more comfortable black gloves, but I forgot that dressage is not about the comfort, right? STRESSAGE is about making look good every single detail in our outfits. Can we be not as black and white, please?
Aunt Esther, isn't there a rule about not wearing white before June and after labour day?
And if you are going to wear white gloves, may I remind you they look very tacky when stained? This usually demands a new pair of white gloves for every show. Which is how I came to have 6 pairs of white schooling gloves some years back.
But now, all of mine are leopard print becuase they're the only ones the shop hasn't sold out of in show seasons, we're not showing and they match my (leopard) Lippaloosa...
Everything I touch turns grey/brown. My white show breeches have been worn 4 times and they already have permanent battle scars. I spent most of last night trying to get sweat stains out of my ratcatcher (worn less than 10 times). Don't get me started on the saddle pad. There is NO way I'm adding another single solitary piece of white. Especially not for mother-loving Training level schooling shows.
So you folks all have fun with your FEI movements and white gloves. I'm tied up with a bottle of bleach...
Why is it wrong to wear black gloves? What if your hands are not perfect and it would look worse, not beter?
I think dressage is about fluidity, meaning what looks the best should be used.
If your hands are that much of an issue, gloves may be the least concern
White glove are available at a very reasonable price on ebay. Personally I have several pair of youth football receiver gloves. They are white so the receivers hands stand out, pretty durable, slightly tackified (is that a word?) so the ball won't slip and they go one sale every fall at large chain sporting goods stores. You can get a nice pair for $10 or less.
actually dressage is about sorting out your hand problems and not thinking you can cover them up with bad fashion accessories!
This is just an opinion of Dressage queen
My hands get the most compliments from clinicians, judges and trainers. I feel that my hands are the biggest asset of my position and of my riding and for my level of riding my hands are really good according to several professionals. The shocker? I'm riding and showing in black gloves!!!! No, I'm not trying to hide my best asset, as I said before, black gloves are more comfortable and breathable. I have a collection of gloves for every weather to ride in. they are all black. Try to find white gloves for riding in winter or pouring rein.
I'll have you know it pulled at my very heart strings to see black gloves with RHINESTONES on them in the tack store. Did they have them in white? No.
But I am such a puritan that I knew I could not possibly show in them.
Actually, I am not showing at all this year until hubby finishes my bigger ring. I got tired of practicing in 20 x 40 and getting lost in the big ring.
So it made it a bit easier to pass on the "bling bling" gloves as they may be a bit trendy, and already out of style by next year when I show again.