Sport Horse Spotlight

Flamenco head 2 (web)_300DH

Real Estate Spotlight

Sale Spotlight

  • Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You�re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the Forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it�details of personal disputes may be better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts, though are not legally obligated to do so, regardless of content.

Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting. Moderators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts unless they have been alerted and have determined that a post, thread or user has violated the Forums� policies. Moderators do not regularly independently monitor the Forums for such violations.

Profanity, outright vulgarity, blatant personal insults or otherwise inappropriate statements will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

Users may provide their positive or negative experiences with or opinions of companies, products, individuals, etc.; however, accounts involving allegations of criminal behavior against named individuals or companies MUST be first-hand accounts and may NOT be made anonymously.

If a situation has been reported upon by a reputable news source or addressed by law enforcement or the legal system it is open for discussion, but if an individual wants to make their own claims of criminal behavior against a named party in the course of that discussion, they too must identify themselves by first and last name and the account must be first-person.

Criminal allegations that do not satisfy these requirements, when brought to our attention, may be removed pending satisfaction of these criteria, and we reserve the right to err on the side of caution when making these determinations.

Credible threats of suicide will be reported to the police along with identifying user information at our disposal, in addition to referring the user to suicide helpline resources such as 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it�s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users� profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses � Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it�s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who�s selling it, it doesn�t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions � Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services � Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products � While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements � Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be �bumped� excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues � Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators� discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the �alert� button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your �Ignore� list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you�d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user�s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 5/9/18)
See more
See less

Bored and looking for showing opinions about color

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Bored and looking for showing opinions about color

    Hello, I ran across old posts for dressage legal showing colors for both jackets and pads. I found a hunter colored coat on clearance and now wondering what will look best with it to show. I am just doing schooling shows at training level, ( well I was until the COVID put them at a stop) I want to look sharp. So matching hunter pad or white pad? White or tan breech. Google images are not helping me find much inspiration. I also have a navy coat same ideas needed. photos a plus. horse coat is palomino. My inspiration photo , too matchy matchy??

  • #2
    I don't show, so take this for what it's worth. I don't know what is legal or considered acceptable. My fjord is a medium dun color, so not palomino, but close. I have a very nice sage green dressage pad with cream piping on it that looks really sharp in him. Understated, but elegant. Might go well with a hunter green coat without being too matchy matchy. I'm a bit traditional, so would probably stick with white bitches if they look good with everything else.

    Is that photo of you and your horse? Very nice. Lovely looking horse.


    • Original Poster

      Originally posted by fjordmom View Post
      Is that photo of you and your horse? Very nice. Lovely looking horse.
      Not my horse, its a stock photo from a tack shop. Thanks for the feedback


      • #4
        The rules state “conservative” pad color, so you have a lot of options. Personally, I think closely matching colors is hard to pull off and coordinating shades will look better.

        With the hunter green coat, I like white breeches. It will make the coat color pop more than tan. There are a lot of hunter riders with the green coats if you want to see the tan/hunter green color combo.

        What about a lighter color pad that’s not white? Lemieux has a lovely champagne color -

        and PS of Sweden has something similar in walnut -


        • Original Poster

          I love the Lemieux Champange color and the PS of Sweeden walnut, and I am liking the sage as well. I was worried that an off white pad, or a pad with yellow in it would look like it was a dingy white, but these do not make them look dingy.


          • #6
            Originally posted by fjordmom View Post
            I'm a bit traditional, so would probably stick with white bitches if they look good with everything else.
            I think hanging with all colors of bitches adds spice to life. But tradition is tradition, so I do understand if that's what works.


            • #7

              Inspiration photo is lovely - yes, it's too much, but you wouldn't show with the polos, so I think without those it'd be nice. I personally prefer a white pad for shows, schooling or rated, perhaps with a piping color that matches your coat.
              Custom tack racks!


              • Original Poster

                I like the coordinating shades idea from GreyDes. I am leaning to the sage green pad with the hunter coat and a lt blue gray pad for the navy. Traditional black and white is a bit boring. If its allowed by USDF rules why not add a little pop of color, as long as it is tasteful.
                I saw some lovely burnt orange and sorbet pads that are yummy but i wouldn't dare try and test in them. LOL


                • #9
                  DR120 Dress

                  1. The dress code for all Dressage tests and classes through Fourth Level (see .5 below) is a short riding coat of con- servative color, with tie, choker, stock tie or integrated stand-up collar, white or light-colored breeches or jodhpurs, boots or jodhpur boots, and protective headgear as defined in DR120.6 and in compliance with GR801. A cutaway coat (modified tailcoat) with short tails is permitted.

                  Breeches must be white or light colored.


                  • #10
                    What color is your horse?

                    I have chestnuts and bought a dark green jacket last year. I ended up ordering a black sheen Mattes pad with hunter green binding, and will wear white breeches. My thought was that if the greens don't match exactly, it won't be as obvious as if the whole pad was green. However, if you can pull off a good match, I think a green pad with white piping, and white breeches, would look great. I don't particularly like the lighter colored pads for showing unless they're just white, or a neutral like cream or dove gray (depending upon horse color).


                    • #11
                      As a chestnut owner, I LOVE the look in the photo for schooling! For show, I would go with white pad and white breeches. I think the crisp white looks sharp against the green and would work well with a palomino. I would guesstimate 80-90% use the traditional white saddle pad when showing up in my area.
                      But if it’s legal and you love it, go with what you love.


                      • #12
                        I have the pad in your picture, inspired by that exact picture and owning a palomino GRP. It looks great on her, but I'm not sure finding a show appropriate coat to match would be's a bit more vibrant green in real life than what I see available for show coats. I'm not overly fashionable and I'm sure there are lots of great ways to incorporate the pad into a nice show look, just thought I'd chime in that you might want to see the pad in real life first if you're looking to match exactly as the color (at least on mine) is slightly different to the pictures


                        • #13
                          It depends on the formality of the schooling show. For my personally, at a more informal show I might use a non-white pad (navy for me) but then I probably wouldn't wear a coat. For a rated show, even though the rules may say "conservative color" I always use a white pad (usually all white, though I have one with black piping).


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by fjordmom View Post
                            I'm a bit traditional, so would probably stick with white .
                            I'm old enough to remember when the tradition was only men wore white with top boots. It's fashion rather than tradition and the rules only ask for a conservative colour.

                            OK, I will now dismount from my I-think-white-clothing-around-horses-is-just-silly hobby horse. Back to the discussion...
                            "Good young horses are bred, but good advanced horses are trained" Sam Griffiths


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Willesdon View Post

                              I'm old enough to remember when the tradition was only men wore white with top boots. It's fashion rather than tradition and the rules only ask for a conservative colour.

                              OK, I will now dismount from my I-think-white-clothing-around-horses-is-just-silly hobby horse. Back to the discussion...
                              Totally agree; I'll ride that hobby horse too. White is THE most impractical color . Who ever thought of it. Someone with a staff of grooms-in-waiting no doubt.


                              • #16
                                I bought a hunter green coat last year. I haven't gotten to use it yet because I had to unexpectedly retire my horse, but I plan to wear it with white breeches and use a black pad. I'm not going to try and find a green pad that matches the jacket because that's going to be hard.

                                I agree that white breeches are a pain, but I think that tan breeches make you look like a newbie. Tan breeches with a hunter green jacket screams, "hunter rider who thinks switching to dressage is easy."


                                • Original Poster

                                  Thanks everyone for the input. I think white breeches for both coats. I still will like to do a colored pad, con- servative of course.


                                  • #18

                                    I agree that white breeches are a pain, but I think that tan breeches make you look like a newbie. Tan breeches with a hunter green jacket screams, "hunter rider who thinks switching to dressage is easy."[/QUOTE]

                                    How about, been there, done that and now on the other side tan breeches?
                                    "Good young horses are bred, but good advanced horses are trained" Sam Griffiths


                                    • #19
                                      I have a white pad with green piping, saw a dark green jacket at Devin last year (on a rider, not in the stores) that I would LOVE to have. I have an understated green jeweled browband, I just LOVE green. Even my conservative, black and white is what needs to be worn at shows self would LOVE to show in a green jacket, white breeches, white with green piping saddle pad, and an understated green jeweled browband. And my horse is a plain jane brown, on a buckskin or palomino, green is the BEST!!!


                                      • #20
                                        I have a palomino too and I personally prefer to show in dark pads. I show in a navy pad and while breeches. Last year I had a black coat and this year is navy (too preggo for old one). It's not an exact match but I don't think it looks weird. I would love to get him navy boots and bells for the warmup so he could be totally matchy-matchy but I'm trying to be frugal.
                                        I got a black with rose gold piping pad for Christmas that I love but can't decide if I wanna save for shows or just use. It's sitting in my closet justifying my husband's complains that I own too many saddle pads-but he's lying . It's from Dover if you're interested.