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Black or white (or?) show pad for your dapple grey?

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  • Black or white (or?) show pad for your dapple grey?

    K, I'm way ahead of myself, but I have high hopes that my young horse and I will be ready to show Training or First next summer , and one can never start early enough to shop for a show pad.

    She's a very dapple (steel/silver) grey with three black legs, one white stocking, light colored mane and tail. She looks fabulous in black, has black tack with a tinsy bit of bling in the browband .

    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._7762044_n.jpg


    I was looking at these pads:
    http://www.dressageextensions.com/im...ge%5C25992.jpg

    What color do you show your grey in? Would you consider any other conservative color like a dark blue?

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  • #2
    Your girl is lovely! I love them when they are that color

    I've done both black and white on my grey for a show
    I tend to like the white, because I like that the saddle stands out more.
    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._7142750_n.jpg

    (as for colors outside of black/white at shows, I don't. (but I try to blend LOL. It's interesting enough having the 18hh grey horse!) But you should see what I ride in at home. I have *counts* 14 different saddle pads and matching boots all going from orange to green anything in between LOL) Check your rules though...I could be crzy, but I thought Equine Canada limited Gold shows to black/white/grey showpads...
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    • #3
      I vote for white. But I always vote for white = )

      I think black is nice for smaller clinics and schooling shows for sure. But white just looks so crisp against the horse and tack, even though some argue it can make a grey or other light color look dingy. I have a leopard appy (white and black), and I use black for his everyday pads as well as for little schooling shows or casual clinics. But I like white on pretty much everyone for the big days = )

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      • #4
        Oooh, she's pretty! When I had a gray that color, I used a black pad with blue piping, sort of on the darker side of sky blue, not powder blue, not navy. It was gorgeous.

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        • #5
          I vote for solid white. But I am a conservative old bat! LOL! I just like the formality of the attire, and the fact that having everyone dress alike, and use very nearly identical tack, puts the focus on the horse.

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          • #6
            Have some fun & show in color! as you move up the levels, you'll be more restricted so The White will be waiting for you

            I'd likely go with the sky blue this year

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            • #7
              I vote white with black piping for recognized, black with white piping for schooling shows.

              I love black on a grey, but I like the crispness of the white against the saddle.
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              • #8
                The darker the gray, the better white looks! As the gray starts to turn whiter, the better black looks!

                Keep white on your horse for a few years, depending on how slowly her color fades. When you're ready to go to a black pad, I highly recommend black with silver piping. Super sharp.

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                • #9
                  Pretty Mare!

                  The white with the black and white piping would look lovely on her.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by caevent View Post
                    The darker the gray, the better white looks! As the gray starts to turn whiter, the better black looks!
                    I totally agree with this!

                    I have a friend who has watched her gray horse drift lighter, and he really does look better in black now that he's approaching "white".

                    That's the thing - if you use a clean white pad, inevitably the horse might look dirty, even if he's not.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by caevent View Post
                      The darker the gray, the better white looks! As the gray starts to turn whiter, the better black looks!

                      Keep white on your horse for a few years, depending on how slowly her color fades. When you're ready to go to a black pad, I highly recommend black with silver piping. Super sharp.
                      This, exactly. A friend showed her 15 yr old fleabitten in both black and white pads. The black looked so much sharper. Remember to post pix of us next spring!

                      Heck, post pix of your horse wearing both. That will help us form more accurate opinions!
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by honeydoozy View Post
                        if you use a clean white pad, inevitably the horse might look dirty, even if he's not.
                        This. You will get more use out of a black pad. You may also want to invest in a Costco-sized pack of sticky lint rollers. You will need them as she lightens
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by caevent View Post
                          The darker the gray, the better white looks! As the gray starts to turn whiter, the better black looks!

                          Keep white on your horse for a few years, depending on how slowly her color fades. When you're ready to go to a black pad, I highly recommend black with silver piping. Super sharp.
                          THIS. My mare is a silver grey tending towards white now (someday she will probably be all white with silver mane....gorgeous but hard to keep clean!!! ) And we show in black with silver piping and it is very sharp looking. If i put white on her, even with black piping, we just look blaaaaaah. But I would never put a black pad on my chestnut or bay.

                          Without seeing a pic of your guy's back it's hard to tell but for now i think you could pull off either color and look sharp. He might even be dark enough that white is still more flattering.

                          Originally posted by honeydoozy View Post
                          That's the thing - if you use a clean white pad, inevitably the horse might look dirty, even if he's not.
                          Yup. This is totally true. I clean and clean and CLEAN her but she still has enough grey and chestnut that a clean white pad makes her look yellowish. BLECH. Photo so you can see what i mean: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brittanyhunter/4612188990/

                          Originally posted by Foxhound View Post
                          You may also want to invest in a Costco-sized pack of sticky lint rollers. You will need them as she lightens
                          FOR SURE. white hairs white hairs everywhere..... no matter how careful I am I always have to have somebody lint-roller my jacket and my pad just before i get into the ring!

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                          • #14
                            Black... it never occured to me to use white on my dark dapple mare, but she probably would have looked smashing.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by eponacowgirl View Post
                              Black... it never occured to me to use white on my dark dapple mare, but she probably would have looked smashing.

                              http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...13&id=51801315
                              Yes, white would be striking on that mare.

                              Really IMO with greys it's all about the contrast. You want maximum contrast for the right effect.

                              My mare, however, not so much: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brittanyhunter/4612188990/ (see what I mean when I say it would make her look dirty)

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                              • #16
                                My five year old still has a noticeable blaze and a touch of bay in his coat so it is silvery-bronze with dapples, so I think white looks best. I don't know about where you will be showing, but up here everyone seems to stick to white at the recognized shows. For schooling shows, I will go as far as a white pad with two thin oblique bronze stripes at the back, which match his coat perfectly, or a black pad, but I think white really looks best.

                                For schooling, I like black (with tan piping) and various shades of blue on him. I'd like to try something bolder like a plaid if I saw one at the tack store.

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                                • #17
                                  white is classic. I've never appreciated black pads.

                                  I have a seamsright.com pad. white. dark gray trim with a black pipe.
                                  It once looked smashing.

                                  here is my horse as a dark kid, age 6:

                                  http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p...kaboom/pad.jpg


                                  here he is grown, age 9. same pad. but now he's got a chestnut tail and totally red flea bitten (ewww).

                                  http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p...oom/boink1.jpg

                                  http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p..._5513573_n.jpg

                                  I was going to use a different pad on him this weekend but I bleached the logo on one side. grrrrrr. So I have to stick with the wide dark gray trim.
                                  I don't think it looks so great any longer. With his new nappy rust color. yuck.
                                  I no longer will wear white breeks on him either. Way to make my dirty looking horse look dirtier!
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by purplnurpl View Post
                                    white is classic. I've never appreciated black pads.

                                    I have a seamsright.com pad. white. dark gray trim with a black pipe.
                                    It once looked smashing.

                                    here is my horse as a dark kid, age 6:

                                    http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p...kaboom/pad.jpg


                                    here he is grown, age 9. same pad. but now he's got a chestnut tail and totally red flea bitten (ewww).

                                    http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p...oom/boink1.jpg

                                    http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p..._5513573_n.jpg

                                    I was going to use a different pad on him this weekend but I bleached the logo on one side. grrrrrr. So I have to stick with the wide dark gray trim.
                                    I don't think it looks so great any longer. With his new nappy rust color. yuck.
                                    I no longer will wear white breeks on him either. Way to make my dirty looking horse look dirtier!
                                    I think your red-grey horse is beautiful and you guys make a great pair! have you thought about light grey britches on him, instead of tan? it might tone down the redness just enough--bring out the steel in his coat a little.

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                                      #19
                                      Hm, thanks everyone. I think black with silver piping is still very far at the top of my list, but I might stick with white with a classy piping for now. I always use a sheepskin halfpad directly on her back, so maybe I need to go for a Mattes pad (oh right, more $$$$) for show. And OMG, smartpak has a sale!

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                                      • #20
                                        I vote Navy! One of the girl's at my barn has a beautiful gray horse and Navy looks amazing on them!

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