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Help me choose a show pad color

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  • Help me choose a show pad color

    First, let me say that I am not planning on USDF shows; I ride at my local GMO's schooling shows.

    I want to buy a new show pad that is not white. My horse is a chestnut tobiano Paint, and a clean white pad can make his white look more dirty.

    My tack is brown. I am wearing light tan/buff breeches with brown boots and, hopefully, a brown helmet. I can wear either a brown or a navy coat. I also have black boots/helmet that I can wear with the navy coat. I guess I'm sticking with a white shirt, as cream or off white just makes me look jaundiced. I'm not sure if I should buy a pad that works with both, or just one that works with the brown ensemble as that's new for me this year and I'm looking forward to being a little different.

    So, the question is what color pad? Champagne or cream? Or is that just adding another "color" to the mix? Navy? Brown?

    Thanks for sharing your opinions!
    Last edited by cmdrcltr; May. 6, 2012, 08:06 PM. Reason: Embarrassing–wrong coat pattern given.

  • #2

    This pad in CHOCOLATE. I have it for schooling on my very chestnut mare and get many compliments. It is nicely priced and has held up quite well for a couple years now. Note that it is a pretty substantial pad, well quilted. Not a wimpy one...The color is a "bright" brown but w/a hint of red in it leaning more towards a rust color, not a hershey bar brown.
    We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


    • #3
      I would try navy and see how that looked. I have a chestnut pinto and my colors are brown too with navy for his show halter and sheets. In his case he can pull off a white pad (probably since his body is mostly brown so the pad is not right next to the white).

      I use a lot of chocolate brown too but in this case you might want a bit of contrast if you are already doing a lot of brown.

      I PERSONALLY don't like cream or champagne, especially on a horse with a lot of white.


      • Original Poster

        Sendenhorse, lucky you for having little white. I used to have an all white pony, so I just keep telling myself that Pepper is 50-60% easier than that.

        I was leaning toward not getting cream, as nothing else I have (breeches, shirt, etc.) is cream. The bonus of Navy, I think would be that it would work with either jacket.

        But I love brown! 2tempe, what are the actual colors in the trim of that pad you linked? It's hard to tell in the photo?

        Hmmm... I may need to find a brown and a navy to borrow and set on him to try.

        Thanks for the input!


        • #5
          Oh, I'd consider trading all white legs, and I do mean ALL white legs for some more body color, but its flashy. At least he has a brown tail. LOL.


          • #6
            I just got my order from this company:


            They have some pretty awesome colors (and matching browbands! Squee!).

            I just got bridlework, but the quality is awesome and my order came very fast. I was very impressed!


            • #7
              OP - I will check colors on the trim of the pad; I'm headin' to the barn shortly. If I were you, I'd order one of these in Chocolate, one in Navy. Hold them up to your horse when they arrive; and to other stuff and see what you like best; keep both, return one or both. QED!
              We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


              • #8
                I have a chestunut overo Paint too. I have the FITS champagne colored breeches and shirt which I pair with a brown show coat. I also ride with cream pad with black, brown and gold on it.


                Close-up shot



                • Original Poster

                  Paintlady, I love that second shot of your horse!

                  Trust me, if I could pull off champagne on me, I would. I could do the breeches, but put any kind of "off" white near my face and I look ill. As I am only competing at schooling shows, I'm sticking with my tan/buff breeches and a white shirt.

                  I do like your pad, though. I'm leaning toward Navy, with either brown trim and champagne piping or champagne trim and brown piping.

                  Thanks for the input!


                  • Original Poster

                    Embarrased to get pattern wrong...

                    Okay, I updated my OP. I'm embarrassed to say that I used the wrong coat pattern to describe my guy. This is my first Paint, and I guess I still don't have the patterns straight in my head yet.

                    Pepper is a chestnut tobiano. I guess he's about 50% white, with 4 white legs to keep clean!


                    • #11
                      I have it in a periwinkle blue color. Wouldn't show in it due to me being a bit of a conformist, but it's lovely and a really really nice pad. Just wanted to give a thumbs up for this brand. Mine's a few years old and still looks great and has help up really well. Still looks almost new.
                      "Aye God, Woodrow..."


                      • #12
                        SeamsRight saddle pads will make any color combo you want. The pads are pricey, but SUPER nice!

                        I recently got a Navy show coat (thanks eBay!). I'm still keeping with the chamagne breeches/shirt/stock tie because I can't stand the look of white on my Paint mare. I ordered a champagne pad with navy trim and light blue piping from SeamsRight to match my jacket and Paint mare's blue eye.



                        • #13
                          I agree with everyone who said navy would be a good pad color. Navy and brown together on a chestnut tobiano with you in a navy coat would probably look very sharp. If you want another color to try, you could always go for a nice dark green, but be careful - I don't know how that would mix with a navy jacket. I do know for a fact that hunter green looks gorgeous on chestnuts, and would probably look just as good on a chestnut tobiano.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by cmdrcltr View Post
                            Paintlady, I love that second shot of your horse!
                            Thanks! I won a professional photo shoot at a silent auction. The photographer (http://www.michellaphotography.com/) did a great job!


                            • #15
                              i like the cappuchino ultra suede pad that Dressage Extensuins used to (still does?) sell. sorry for typos one finger typing broken arm yes, horse related


                              • #16
                                What about no pad or a fitted pad?

                                I have a mostly white horse with palomino pinto markings, and I can't get the whites to match, so I've decided anytime I show her, I'm going fitted or padless. You're already riding a flashy pinto in brown tack — go whole hog with retro in brown! lol

                                There is another pali pinto on here that I saw did the same thing (or maybe HGS?) and I got the idea from her.

                                I think adding color to an already flashy horse might detract from the horse, rather than enhance it.