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  • Silly question - nameplates on saddles

    At the hunter barn where I boarded in the 90's we put nameplates on the back of our saddles. Having just acquired a new jump saddle and a new/used dressage saddle I was planning on decking them out with nameplates. My dressage/eventer friend was horrified by the idea of marring the leather with such tackiness

    Is this a faux pas outside the hunter world?? Has 1995 called looking for my nameplates??? Do DQs and Eventers memorize serial numbers on their saddles? WILL I BE LAUGHED OUT OF THE DRESSAGE RING??? Please COTH, I don't want to be *that* person. What to do?
    The big guy: Lincoln

    Southern Maryland Equestrian

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    I don't think so, the eventers/dressage riders in my barn put nameplates on their saddles.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Duckz View Post
      My dressage/eventer friend was horrified by the idea of marring the leather with such tackiness

      Has 1995 called looking for my nameplates???

      And so s/he should be!

      And yes!

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      • #4
        I have them on my saddles. I bought them used and they already had holes anyway (and the plates are on their 2nd or 3rd saddle as well). It never occurred to me that they might be tacky. And really, so what if they are?

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        • #5
          What is actually the point/purpose of driving nail holes into your saddle? Do you write your name in your underwear as well?

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          • #6
            Hey Duckz- 1995 keeps calling for my custom fullchaps- I haven't answered yet!

            Seriously, I don't think nameplates are a big no no,and might be a good idea if you are in a larger barn.
            Unrepentant carb eater

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            • #7
              If all you want is some easy ID, you can buy a cheap small pet ID tag and put it on your D-ring. No holes in the saddle. Just as easy to remove as a saddle nameplate if someone steals the saddle, but if everyone at the barn has the same "fad" brand of saddle, it might be handy to be able to easily pick out which one is yours.
              If you go with either the pet ID tag or the saddle nameplate, put your phone number on there, not just your name. When your horse dumps you on a trail ride, runs off, and arrives back at the barn two hours later without the saddle, and a hiker stumbles across next week, the hiker can get it back to you.

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              • #8
                My Dressage Saddle has a nameplate (previous owner had a plate too). I'm also a regular DQ...and I have seen plenty of saddles with nameplates. My plate is quite small and is tastefully done.
                My jump saddle does not have a plate...but I'm thinking of putting one on it. I have a deep scratch that the plate would cover splendidly!

                I sure hope you wouldn't be laughed out of the ring...eventers are not known for that. And if I wasn't laughed out of the ring at GAIG Champs for Dressage...I'm sure you won't be either!
                "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on.”

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by wendy View Post
                  If all you want is some easy ID, you can buy a cheap small pet ID tag and put it on your D-ring. No holes in the saddle. Just as easy to remove as a saddle nameplate if someone steals the saddle, but if everyone at the barn has the same "fad" brand of saddle, it might be handy to be able to easily pick out which one is yours.
                  If you go with either the pet ID tag or the saddle nameplate, put your phone number on there, not just your name. When your horse dumps you on a trail ride, runs off, and arrives back at the barn two hours later without the saddle, and a hiker stumbles across next week, the hiker can get it back to you.

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                    Originally posted by snoopy View Post
                    What is actually the point/purpose of driving nail holes into your saddle? Do you write your name in your underwear as well?
                    Well...no...but I don't keep my underwear in a room where twenty other people keep their underwear. If I did, you're darn right I'd write my name on it! I like the pet tag idea though.
                    The big guy: Lincoln

                    Southern Maryland Equestrian

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                    • #11
                      I have name plates on both of my saddles. I finally have two saddles I've liked long enough to "brand" them as my own.

                      I had a trainer waaaayyy back in the 80s and she used a permanent marker and wrote her name on the panels of her Crosby saddle. I saw that saddle for sale a few years later and was horrified at her name scrawled across in marker over the light tan panels. Sure, you couldn't see it when the saddle was on the horse, but yuck - who wants someone else's name permanently affixed to their new saddle?

                      If you like the nameplates, then go with it. I have just my last name on mine - my full name would have made for one long nameplate.
                      "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison

                      So, the Zen Buddhist says to the hotdog vendor, "Make me one with everything."

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                      • #12
                        My prestige saddle came with a blank nameplate. I think they look tacky, but if you. Like them then attach away.
                        I am on my phone 90% of the time. Please ignore typos, misplaced lower case letters, and the random word butchered by autocowreck.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Duckz View Post
                          Well...no...but I don't keep my underwear in a room where twenty other people keep their underwear. If I did, you're darn right I'd write my name on it! I like the pet tag idea though.

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                          • #14
                            If the holes were in the saddle I'd put a nameplate on it. If there weren't any holes in the saddle I'd never make some for a nameplate.

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                            • #15
                              If my intention was ID/security, I'd microchip the saddle. Yes, you can. A nameplate or dangly tag can be removed in 15 seconds, but if someone doesn't know a saddle is microchipped then it can't be removed.

                              That said, I don't actually bother since none of my saddles is worth all that much and they're covered under homeowner's insurance.

                              My dressage saddle, which I got in a trade with scubed, has a nameplate on it--but it has someone else's initials! I don't know who the person is, but I have just never gotten around to removing it.

                              In the end, though, it's your saddle. Put on a nameplate if you want to! You can also buy little kits to burn your initials into the leather underneath the flap.
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                              • #16
                                I might not be a valid vote, as I'm from the h/j world, but both of my saddles have name plates. It's so much easier when you're in a tack room full of dressage and jump saddles to just grab the one with your name on it. It's also easier when other people are riding my horse, they always know which saddle to use. Or, my favorite, we've arrived at an event and everyone's in the dressing room at the same time. 'Can you grab my saddle?' is a lot easier when they can see on the cantle which one is yours.

                                Jumping saddle has a small brass plate, dressage saddle has a small silver plate. I get more compliments than anything, usually from people that are trying to tack my mare and can find my gear easily.
                                http://thoughtfulequestrian.blogspot.com - My Ventures Into Eventing

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                                • #17
                                  I love name plates I think they look amazing all my saddles, bridles and breast plates have name plates on them!!!

                                  Go for it!! it is not just a thing from 90's!!!!

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                                  • #18
                                    None of my tack is worth much, but the dressage saddle is getting one to cover existing holes.

                                    If I had a new, expencive saddle and lived at a barn with closed tack lockers like I do, I still would leave it off I avoid marking the saddle - but if it were a shared tack room with lots of people's stuff "loose" then I'd nameplate it for sure.
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                                    • #19
                                      If the judges are looking at the name plate, someone has a big problem. As was posted, it's your saddle, do what you want!

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                                      • #20
                                        I have no problems with them. I hardly go around horse shows staring at everyone's @$$ so honestly, I don't really see how anyone even notices.
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