• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com 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 are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

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 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Can I make myself stick out any more?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Can I make myself stick out any more?

    So I am a 20-something thick-waisted ammie wannabe eventer riding a former Amish carthorse (the big chestnut in profile pic). We already stick out like a sore thumb.
    AND my dressage tack is brown.
    AND I was wanting to wear cream breeches.

    ...would a navy blue with light blue collar/piping coat completely push us over the edge? Half of me says what the heck, it's my hobby, let me enjoy it...the other half doesn't want to get laughed out of the ring.
    Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique

  • #2
    What are you talking about? Your horse is beautiful. My trainer, a former eventer, rode a GIANT Belgian named Big John. Quit apologizing and ride like the devil!

    He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).


    • #3
      Who cares!? I ride an Arab... He's awesome and I love him to death. I rather enjoy showing up the people who try to tell me Arabs can't do this or that. My boy will go to the ends of the earth to do what I ask of him. Sure, we run into the occasional idiot, but usually people wind up thinking he's pretty cool. We certainly don't sneak in under the radar anywhere, but who cares!? Let 'em talk.


      • #4
        black tack became a fad in the 80s brown has been around forever the blue coat and cream breeches sounds lovely
        -- * > hoopoe
        Procrastinate NOW
        Introverted Since 1957


        • #5
          Your color scheme sounds perfect for a chestnut. No sore thumb at all. Go for it!
          A helmet saved my life.

          2017 goal: learn to ride like TheHorseProblem, er, a barn rat!


          • #6
            Your horse is GORGEOUS...and the cream/blue combo is about as classic as it comes. You'll be beautiful!

            Now...go ride that amazing horse!


            • #7
              Sounds fabulous!
              I show an App (and no-solid colored App neither!...Check out the profile pic), with silver grey breeches since white looks ICK on me (and I couldn't keep them clean to save my life anyway) and for more formal shows, have a black jacket with a silver suede collar that matches the breeches. Oh and one of those cool One K helmets with the retractable visor... very handy on sunny days in the warm-up area!
              The only thing the government needs to solve all of its problems is a Council of Common Sense.


              • Original Poster

                Thanks, everyone, for the fashion advice.
                Also glad to see I'm not the only one out there because I love it. (Definitely not out there because I'm good at it!) I love my horse, and I personally think he's gorgeous...I'm proud to ride him! I just know he's not the norm.
                Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique


                • #9
                  I am an eventer, too. I ride my dressage tests in canary yellow breeches, navy coat and black gloves. My other outfit is cream breeches, navy coat, cream stock tie and cream gloves. My saddle and boots are black. I think the navy and cream are quite elegant! I use those for recognized events and the canary for unrecognized.

                  I believe that brown tack would look fine with cream, too, especially since brown goes well with your guy.

                  What are your cross country colors?
                  When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!


                  • #10
                    Oh and I ride in brown tack too (an unpopular ancient Stubben!). On my dark bay Arab. If it fits, is neat and tidy, rock it!


                    • #11
                      Dittos what everyone else has said! You and the hoss look great! Beautiful horse! I don't see the thick waist, though.

                      I wear navy (coat) and cream (breeches, shirt/stock, saddle pad) too. I'm older, and stark white looks BAD on me. And my horse is chestnut, too.


                      • #12
                        Look, someone in my area is selling a 197-something horse van. It's a giant, red Imperator type model. If I can afford it and it's in decent shape I'm buying it. And I'm thinking that I'll detail it in Rasta colors with a big old Bob Marley on it or something (unQuakerly I know).

                        Go big or go home!
                        He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).


                        • Original Poster

                          Auburn, our XC colors are navy with a touch of orange (what can I say, I went to Clemson, orange is a necessity). I try not to emphasize the orange too much or pony really looks like a giant pumpkin.
                          Paula, that sounds fantastic!
                          Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique


                          • #14
                            Please serve Roti and Ting out the back, will ya?????? :-)


                            • #15
                              Who are you kiddin?

                              THe judge couldnt even pronounce the horse Im ridings "breed". I think its in to confuse everyone, care about your pony, and only listen to supporive effective people now days
                              ~~Member of the TB's Rule Clique ~~


                              • #16
                                Your horse is gorgeous! And you are in good company! My main squeeze is an off the track Standardbred- so talk about fish out of water! My up and coming guy is a half Arab...I seem to be attracted to the unconventional mounts!
                                My blog: Change of Pace - Retraining a standardbred via dressage


                                • #17
                                  Stick out like a sore thumb and *own it!!* Who wants to blend in anyway? I sure don't!! I ride a non-WB and fully intend to show up at shows in as much pink, bedazzled cr*p as I can, because that's who I am. Do what makes you happy, wear what makes you happy, be yourself, enjoy that beautiful horse of yours, be the best rider and horseperson you can be, and the vast majority of people will ultimately respect you. And if anybody has a problem with it...well, it's their problem to deal with, not yours! Anyway, I think (or want to think) that dressage is becoming more welcoming and inclusive and accepting of differences. Maybe I'm naive but I swear I see it.


                                  • #18
                                    SEND ME A LINK!

                                    When you find the Navy coat with light blue piping that comes in LONG LONG sleeves, would you mind posting a link?
                                    I ride a chestnut with brown tack, brown boots, a black helmet, white gloves, white breeches, and a pad that's white with brombeer and gold trim (a homage to his Cadre Noir heritage)
                                    Right now I wear a dark grey pikeur coat, but I'd love a navy and light blue coat.
                                    The people that WANT to blend in are the ones afraid they have nothing to show off :-)
                                    chaque pas est fait ensemble


                                    • #19
                                      I'm wanting a navy coat, just to stick out from the sea of black! And my horse is a bay. Screw convention!

                                      Speaking from experience, I wore a navy jacket on my chestnut QH and got so many wonderful compliments. That was over 10 years ago, and I imagine that other colors are more acceptable now. As long as you look put together, that's all that counts!
                                      My May boys: Beau, Neon, Criss


                                      • #20
                                        Whi is on your horse in your peofile picture? It certainly isn't thick-waisted you!

                                        What breed is your gelding? I think he's very handsome . No fashion adice from me - I'm clueless.