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Spin-off from Tacky: Times a-changin'

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  • Spin-off from Tacky: Times a-changin'

    The Tacky thread put me in a confessional mood rather than my usual ranting one.

    How about you on these points?

    1) Your own foray into tackiness.

    Mine-- In the '90s I sported some petal bell boots carefully put together with alternating barn colors.

    2) Your (surprising!) embrace of the new-fangled.

    Mine-- black stirrup irons. I'm was a GM-type stick-in-the-mud with respect to flexible ones on aesthetic and functional grounds. My immortal stainless steel fillises will never die. But damn! Black boots, black irons and a dark horse side do look nice. I had no idea I could change.

    Mine-- soft-shelled or otherwise updated hunt coats. I can't even belief myself!

    3) The obligatory opportunity to defend and disparage.

    Mine-- I bought (and monogrammed) my navajos precisely because they would last forever. They are and you can see me using 'em 10 years after their fashion peak.

    Mine-- Techno helmets don't look all that good. Getting into a spending arms races for this or that emblem or stripe is nuts, you guys.
    The armchair saddler
    Politically Pro-Cat

  • #2
    Foray into tackiness--I own(ed) the hot pink magenta Pessoa schooling pad.

    I like bling. A lot. REALLY a lot. Everywhere.

    I really, really ache for those loud Antares helmets that cost almost a grand. The blue one.



    • #3
      1) Your own foray into tackiness.

      I have rubber-covered spurs that have strips of black vetwrap holding the rubber in place. They're my favorite spurs.

      I showed in a pair of pull-on drawstring tights once. (I didn't know any better, but gawd.)

      2) Your (surprising!) embrace of the new-fangled.

      I desperately want a pair of the wildkart jin irons. The aluminum ones with extra wide footbeds. I might even go black instead of grey or silver. Still no bendy stuff for me.

      And I adore the snap collar shirts, and love love love shirts with contrast trim in the collar/cuffs.

      Low rise breeches by TS. Euroseat in all colors for schooling and their brand new cotton fabric in the standard lowrise cut for showing. As a jumper that doesn't wear a jacket every time in the ring and being short-waisted the low rise is both more comfortable and gives better proportion.

      3) The obligatory opportunity to defend and disparage.

      I bought a new navajo last year and am still using my other one since I was a little kid. The new one keeps getting better and softer the more I wish it and use it. (Plus it's the perfect black and chocolate with white trim that looks fab on my bright bay horse.)

      I'm planning on bringing brown back. Helmet, jacket, gloves and BOOTS (all in a shade of chocolate). As soon as the boots to come in I'll be showing in brown every chance I get. This black/navy as the one true way just makes me sad.
      friend of bar.ka


      • #4
        1) I own a pink eared flymask. Unfortunately, I no longer own a mare that wears a flymask. One of my geldings spends the summer looking a bit metrosexual.
        2) I broke down after many years and have zippers in my field boots. If they ever break at an inopportune time, everyone WILL be hearing about it.
        3) -I (very, very) reluctantly gave up on the crocheted pommel pads, that I grew up with and love and adore. I am not giving up my half pads, my short legs have grown too accustomed to those extra few inches of horse.
        - Your horse's coat should sparkle. Not any other part of him. Particularly his feet or his mane. Please.


        • #5
          Ah, yes, we all owned Navajo pads circa 1992, but did any of you also have Navajo print polo wraps that MATCHED said Navajo pad? I was sure those were the coolest thing EVER all through my early teens. I can't believe I put those on my poor horse.


          • #6
            In the 90s, I schooled my junior hunter in polos, bell boots, an ear bonnet and a figure eight noseband. I thought we looked like the bad *ss jumpers. No one told me we were being ridiculous.

            I have never really fully embraced the new fangled.

            I still have a navajo pad that was given to me in 1995. That person had already had it for 10-20 yrs, so it is ancient, but it looks as good as new.


            • #7
              1) Your own foray into tackiness.

              My schooling crop at home is bright green. It doesn't leave the barn, but if I need a bat at home, out comes the green one. It is ugly, but that is the reason I own it - nobody steals an ugly crop. And if they do, I know it's mine so I can get it back.

              2) Your (surprising!) embrace of the new-fangled.
              Low rise breeches. Gd bless them, they make my short-waisted body not look like I'm a head on a pair of breeches.

              I also really want a brown hunt coat but I can't justify owning a second one...but as soon as I save my pennies I will own a coat that isn't navy blue.

              3) The obligatory opportunity to defend and disparage.
              I love those old Navajo pads! I always wanted one as a kid, honestly now if I had the opportunity to get one I think I'd use it. It can't be tackier than the crazy polo wraps the kids at the barn put all over their ponies.

              And my leather gloves, the ones with the holes in the palms? Yeah, those ones...they're comfortable and they fit so leave me alone. I have stubby little kiddy hands and a hard time finding gloves I like so until I find a new pair that fits the same as these, the holey ones stay. The judge can't see the palms of my hands...hopefully....

              As far a disparaging...I'm sorry, but those Euroseat breeches just look weird. Who wants a giant seam on their ass?


              • #8
                Originally posted by Indy View Post
                I love those old Navajo pads! I always wanted one as a kid, honestly now if I had the opportunity to get one I think I'd use it.

                As far a disparaging...I'm sorry, but those Euroseat breeches just look weird. Who wants a giant seam on their ass?

                Navajo pad can be picked up at big feed stores. I got my second one for $7.99. And you can re-fold it and use four clean sides before washing.

                As far a euroseat breeches.... they're not really different from full seats, just the same fabric with a smaller seam.
                friend of bar.ka


                • #9
                  If I had pink TS britches, I would wear them.
                  "It is difficult not to be unjust to what one loves" Oscar Wilde


                  • #10
                    People use Navajos as English saddle blankets? Call me about to jump on the tackiness bandwagon then! I never see this done at my barn, and I've only been riding a few years, so I wasn't aware that people did this... Navajos are so much cheaper than saddle pads, and easy to wash! Think I might go pick up a couple and bring tacky back to my barn... plus I can use them with my western saddle, too. (:

                    I wear my bright citron green plastic schooling helmet for trail rides and schooling... I try to wear my nicer black IRH Elite for lessons, but sometimes it's just quicker and easier... and I don't have to put my hair up in a hairnet under the green helmet. d;

                    I own and use all the following things: a polka dot saddle pad, sage green polos, a bling browband, a western headstall with big gemstones on the browband, breeches made out of denim, and blue sparkly breeches. I also show up for lessons in a giant orange safety vest, as we have to ride through the woods during hunting season to the lesson barn.

                    My pet tacky peeve is hair loose under a helmet. I think for lessons it should be up neatly, preferably in a hairnet, but I also don't mind it in a ponytail when schooling or on trails... but when people don't even do a ponytail, and just leave it completely loose (talking chin length or longer), that makes me cringe.

                    I will say that I prefer the traditional look; I'll bust out the tacky stuff, but mostly for fun around the barn, and occasionally for a lesson when I'm riding a cute fuzzy pony, and sparkly breeches and polka-dot saddle pads seem apropos. Most of the time for lessons, I at least try to have a tucked-in shirt, normal breeches, relatively clean boots and chaps, a belt, a non-eye-popping saddle pad, etc.

                    Oh, and I think manes should either be neatly pulled or grown-in fully, but I chopped my horse's with scissors before our last schooling show--tres tacky! But it was super-uneven before, and really, you only would notice it if he drops his head. Or so I tell myself. I'm going to pull it and even it out one of these days. d;
                    "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

                    Graphite/Pastel Portraits


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mvp View Post
                      Techno helmets don't look all that good. Getting into a spending arms races for this or that emblem or stripe is nuts, you guys.
                      Amen. I was just looking through a catalog with GPA, Antares, CO, etc and was struck with the memory that as a fashion-conscious child of the 80s, black harnesses were considered SOOOO tacky! Now you're hard pressed to find a helmet WITHOUT a black harness at the biggest shows! Oh, what I wouldn't do to have a noggin that fit into a (relatively speaking) pretty tan-harnessed CO Hampton without looking like a bobblehead!

                      My tacky pet peeve: The round bridle tags. They're horses, people, not dogs.
                      Please don't sabotash my conchess.


                      • #12
                        In the 90's I rocked blue Ulster boots on my horse (gotta love the waffle-y goodness of Ulsters), matching blue and grey navajo pad, matching grey fringe chaps with blue piping. I'm sure my poor horse was thrilled.

                        I also loved the sound of Westropp boots. We put them on not because the horses needed them, but because we could color-coordinate the petals. They were sort of like Swatch guards for hooves. Dover or Smartpak had them listed a few catalogs ago as a new item. I cackled to myself and continued to thumb through the catalog.

                        Heythrop made the best foxhead buttons, Harry Hall had the best rust breeches. These things I miss and still covet.

                        Now, my fat mare has a pink girth sock. She wears it partly because it was a gag gift from a friend and partly because it really does give her a touch of feminity. Did I mention that it's pony-sized? It adds to its glory.


                        • #13
                          1) I own - cough - a leopard-print halter. (It's an in-joke and rarely sees the light of day except for photos for friends.)

                          2) Gotta go with the zippered boots. They RULE.

                          3) Rust breeches. Disparage as you may, I feel no need to defend them to anybody!
                          "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief


                          • #14
                            1) I flat my hunter in a gag or a 3 ring. He's green. He has a hard mouth and needs to learn to stand up on his own. (And just for you MVP) So shoot me!

                            2) Euro seam breeches. Hell, my butt looks good in them!

                            3) I like sparkle belts and colored breeches for schooling. Tan gets old! And my trainer hates anything that stands out so it's my own way to turn my nose up at him ... Just a little.
                            My Pictures! http://community.webshots.com/user/estieg12
                            *Harbour Town* 2002 Hanoverian gelding "Otto"
                            *Sahalee* 2002 mare "Flower" but who knows what breed she is!


                            • #15
                              1. My foray into tackiness? Ummmm....exhibit A http://pets.webshots.com/photo/24377...05464652aQbwTP
                              Exhibit B http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2...05464652ytPkHa (pink argyle on a GELDING hee hee hee)
                              My ride today included those lovely Western chaps, blingy browband, and plaid baby pad. With crochet gloves and hunter hair, of course Let's not even get started on his ladybug print flymask that's also encrusted with rhinestones....or the skull and crossbones baby pad that MUST be worn with flame print polos (hope this link works http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...et=t.751565037)
                              ETA forgot his everyday halter is navy with a celestial print ribbon--gold stars and moons, customized by my awesome mother!

                              2. I love most technical fabrics. Boots with zippers and elastic running along said zippers are a godsend for my high instep/normal ankle/ginormous calf combo.

                              3. I refuse to defend my safety stirrups. Or the pink turnouts--it's really nice to be able to find my horse in the dark (seriously). Plus, for some reason no one at the barn wants to steal my stuff
                              I love my Econo-Nag!


                              • #16
                                1) Your own foray into tackiness.
                                Let me start my saying this was in the early 90's...
                                ME: Purple full chaps with fringe and teal trim and a purple sweatshirt with teal sleeves
                                HORSE: 2 Purple & 2 Teal polo wraps alternating legs of course. White saddle pad with purple trim and teal piping AND a purple and teal monogram.
                                Worn together, of course, much to my mother's chargrin.

                                2) Your embrace of the new-fangled.
                                Roekel Solar gloves, they are are amazing and keep my sweaty hands cool year round. Also contemplating a new soft-shell jacket, they sound too good to be true.

                                3) The obligatory opportunity to defend and disparage
                                Brushing is what will get your horse shiny. Coat sprays are for cheaters.


                                • #17
                                  1) I have a few pairs of colored SSG gloves for schooling (like bright red and dark blue). I cringe when my black pairs give out and I have to wear my colored ones until my new ones come in the mail.

                                  I also sometimes ride in full seat breeches, especially during my busy weeks when I spend 30+ hours in the saddle. Full seats just seem to hold up better!

                                  2) I used to LOATHE the GPA helmets when they first came out- now I won't ride in anything else.

                                  3) I LOVE brown boots, brown velvet helmets and brown leather gloves. I also am going to try to wear a vintage tweed hacking jacket to a schooling show for the hell of it.

                                  I HATE seeing 8 year olds wearing shads ( or anyone wearing shads but not wearing other formal attire). Shads and paddock boots are irritating. I would much rather the pony riders at least wear tall boots if they are going to wear shads.


                                  • #18
                                    1) Your own foray into tackiness.

                                    I wear American Flag print SSG gloves as my grooming gloves. They also used to be my schooling gloves. Not surprisingly, they never go missing.

                                    I have one bridle with a tag on it. The bridle is 25 years old as is the tag. I recently bought about 6 more tags...but not for bridles. I'm using them to mark my blankets at the barn.

                                    I have spur charms. I've always thought the little clown fish was adorable but would never buy them as I KNOW they are tacky. But I won a pair (stars, unfortunately) and I did put them on my spurs. Not one person has noticed them.

                                    2) Your (surprising!) embrace of the new-fangled.

                                    I love my GPA. When I was shopping for a replacement from my old deer-skin harness helmet from the 80s, I was certain I was going to get a CO Hampton or ShowJumper. They were the most traditional of all the helmets. Well, I looked like a moron in both...and walked away with a GPA...that I still love many years later.

                                    Half Chaps. It was either tall boots, full chaps or standing wraps when I was growing up. Half chaps were super dorky. (like wrapping your leg in standings isn't? ). These days my half chaps get the most use of all my options.

                                    3) The obligatory opportunity to defend and disparage.

                                    I really dislike bridle plates behind the ear. It's looks awful to me.

                                    The F.I.T.S. breeches. Why anyone, even those with nice hindquarters, would want leather patches to draw focus there is beyond me.

                                    Helmet covers. I go to a lot of little schooling shows and the proliferation of velvet helmet covers is astounding. The look A-W-F-U-L...especially if they are covering up a Tipperary.

                                    I'm thinking I might go pull my navajos out of the storage tack trunk. They should be just the right thickness under my new saddle. Maybe I'll pull out my White with royal blue striped Ulsters as well. Never did do the petal boots (although there is someone in our barn that has used her alternating colored ones recently).
                                    Keith: "Now...let's do something normal fathers and daughters do."
                                    Veronica: "Buy me a pony?"


                                    • #19
                                      Tackiness: I kind of like jumper hats, my latest purchase being one in barn colors. For a 3' hunter/eq horse whose only forays into the jumper ring are to practice for eq. I own a sparkly crop because I know it's mine (and it will never leave the barn and go to a show) and a yellow lunge line that no one borrows.

                                      Embrace: Euro seat breeches. Yes they seem pointless and somewhat dressage-y but I like the fit and comfort of my FITS (the knee patch kind, not the baboon-seat kind). Bendy black stirrups. Don't think I'll ever be in a eq final judged by GM.

                                      Disparage: Bright metal buttons on hunt coats used for eq/hunters.

                                      Oh, AndNirina, this photo is for you. It was taken in the 80s.
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                                      The Evil Chem Prof


                                      • #20
                                        1) Your own foray into tackiness.
                                        Gosh, there are so many... I spent a season wearing suspenders, there were the brightly colored polo wraps, matching pad and polo shirts for low jumper classes days... schooling in full chaps over running shorts (mind you I was under 18, and it was in the late 80's), braiding the tail into lots of braids to make it wavy and fuller looking, braiding in colored yard in various bright tacky colors... now that I think of it all these are from the 80's and 90's

                                        2) Your (surprising!) embrace of the new-fangled... ummm, I can't think of one... I wore a borrowed skunk helmet once when they changed the rules to include adults in the ASTM helmet rule and I didn't have one.

                                        3) The obligatory opportunity to defend and disparage.
                                        Skunk helmets are ugly, and no one should spend that much to wear a big advertisment on their head. (I'm talking about the hood ornament / emblems that they all have).
                                        I love my navahos too. I have a ton of them.