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  • Spinoff: Dress Code Barns

    So the 'trainer spending $' thread got me thinking. I was barn shopping last year and looked at a few barns who required you to buy certain items (stable blanket, saddle pad) not excessive but they wanted you to ride in the barn colors.

    Now I know of a few A barns here in the area that offer just boarding without requiring to be in a program, however if you showed you still had to represent the farm. My issue, when shopping last year, was that I had just spent $1000 on new blankets for my guy in MY colors - all my horses wear the same 2 colors, either navy or grey, and all my show sheets are Baker (bc I'm personally a Burberry nut and impose it on my poor beaties LOL). So here I am with brand new embroidered Baker blankets, coolers, and navy everything else.

    Alas, I did not board for other reasons but I would be highly pissed if my tack, all very high end and matching, was not acceptable in some barns just because they have a code. I know many of you will say just don't board there, but if your not riding in "the system" but want a good facility with a good trainer for occassional lessons why should you have to do the $10000 make-over, provided your horse clearly doesn't look like a clearance rack nag

    I have no dog in this fight. I just know the other thread aggravated me to think I could walk into a barn and all my Pessoa, Baker, etc gear was not up to par and essentially was useless. But I love my barn and not moving!
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    Originally posted by City Ponies View Post


    I have no dog in this fight. I just know the other thread aggravated me to think I could walk into a barn and all my Pessoa, Baker, etc gear was not up to par and essentially was useless. But I love my barn and not moving!
    I would say that, unfortunately, both of them would be unacceptable in a BNT barn. Bakers don't seem to fit WBs as good as TBs, which obviously aren't en vogue anymore. And Pessoa used to be a decent saddlemaker but the new ones are kinda gross.

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    • #3
      Here is one thread:

      http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...ght=dress+code

      of a bunch:

      http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/se...archid=8211996

      You'll see a lot of people who think being asked to wear a clean pair of breeches and a collared shirt is one step away from Nazi Germany.
      Originally posted by tidy rabbit
      Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ExJumper View Post
        Here is one thread:

        You'll see a lot of people who think being asked to wear a clean pair of breeches and a collared shirt is one step away from Nazi Germany.
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        • #5
          For every person that comes with a Baker, there is someone who will show up with a nylon blanket in neon pink. "We only use our colors" is more polite than "Can I see your blankets?...Oh, yeah, you have terrible taste, YOU definitely need new blankets...But Susie over there is okay, HER taste is acceptable".

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          • #6
            You know the part in the movie where Joan Crawford yells "No wire hangars?" Yeah, that's me with respect to non-matching horse wardrobes and trunks.

            I'll give you the Crawford-esque rant later.

            But here I'll answer the Dr. Phil "So how's that working for ya" question.

            Originally posted by City Ponies View Post
            My issue, when shopping last year, was that I had just spent $1000 on new blankets for my guy in MY colors - all my horses wear the same 2 colors, either navy or grey, and all my show sheets are Baker (bc I'm personally a Burberry nut and impose it on my poor beaties LOL). So here I am with brand new embroidered Baker blankets, coolers, and navy everything else.

            Alas, I did not board for other reasons but I would be highly pissed if my tack, all very high end and matching, was not acceptable in some barns just because they have a code. I know many of you will say just don't board there, but if your not riding in "the system" but want a good facility with a good trainer for occassional lessons why should you have to do the $10000 make-over, provided your horse clearly doesn't look like a clearance rack nag
            Yeah, I finally realized 1) I could never afford to be in the Dressed To The Teeth barn I wanted; and 2) I probably wouldn't be a docile enough client to do that, so....

            I chose my own damned colors, designed my own monogram, trunk and halter/saddle board for the shows. I look like a high end barn of.... wait for it... one or two stalls.

            That means when I travel with a barn, my stall will always be on the end. No one is unhappy. I keep my space clean and raked. I'm both independent and helpful for the barn I show with. And, really, the barn's row of stalls had to end somewhere, so no one cares if mine marks the border.

            Originally posted by Pirateer View Post
            I would say that, unfortunately, both of them would be unacceptable in a BNT barn. Bakers don't seem to fit WBs as good as TBs, which obviously aren't en vogue anymore. And Pessoa used to be a decent saddlemaker but the new ones are kinda gross.
            Yes, and edging toward Joan. I'm so sorry you put Bakers at the center of your universe for this reason.

            On the other hand, you can Baker up just about anything-- your tailer's pads, your car seat covers, your clothing and shoes. You could probably wall paper your front hall in that plaid if you were so inclined. Maybe you should, just to make a point to people like me.
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            • #7
              Our trainer solved the non-matching saddle pad thing by giving each rider on her show team a saddle pad (simple white A/P pad with her logo in the corner) and expecting them to use it when at shows.

              funky colors perfectly acceptable for schooling (and showing - after all this is an eventing barn, we do serious color coordination for cross country - I have one horse that goes out in lime green and another that goes out in purple)
              funky horse clothes are fine - I have a turnout for one of the eventers that is got a 60's flower power theme
              as long as the riders are reasonably neat (shirt tails tucked in, hair constrained), anything goes.

              As long as you tow the company line by using the supplied saddle pad when showing as a representative of the farm, your fine.
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              • #8
                You know, if you MUST insist on everyone having exactly the same blanket, okay, but what kind of trainer objects to a saddle so long as it fits the horse and isn't dangerous?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mvp View Post
                  I chose my own damned colors, designed my own monogram, trunk and halter/saddle board for the shows. I look like a high end barn of.... wait for it... one or two stalls.

                  That means when I travel with a barn, my stall will always be on the end. No one is unhappy. I keep my space clean and raked. I'm both independent and helpful for the barn I show with. And, really, the barn's row of stalls had to end somewhere, so no one cares if mine marks the border.
                  I do the same thing, even though the barn we compete with isn't a matching Nazi's barn.

                  I am a breeder, so when my rider shows with her eventing team, she's representing both her trainer and her breeder (me). She is "borrowing" my horse and all of the gear on that horse is mine, so I pick what *I* want. I get my own tack stall - and then share it with the team as necessary. I hang my banner and stall curtains on my stalls. We are always on the end of the team stalls.
                  Works great.
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                  • #10
                    My farm does not require that we all have matching show gear, although it is encouraged. My horse happens to have a custom wardrobe in other colors (I knew when purchasing Tip's wardrobe that thanks to college and graduate school I'd be doing some serious barn-hopping in the upcoming years, so I bought his clothes in hunter green and gold to satisfy myself.) I am doomed to the end stall on the aisle, at least until I buy a trunk cover that matches the farm colors of hunter and burgundy, but our show setup looks so classy that I can take pride just in walking my horse down that aisle.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Pirateer View Post
                      I would say that, unfortunately, both of them would be unacceptable in a BNT barn. Bakers don't seem to fit WBs as good as TBs, which obviously aren't en vogue anymore. And Pessoa used to be a decent saddlemaker but the new ones are kinda gross.

                      LMAO!!
                      wait, was this serious?
                      Don't let Rodrigo hear you say that.
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                      • #12
                        I think that purchasing a trunk cover in the barn colors and a dress sheet if you show is perfectly acceptable.

                        I have blankets that I use only for shows, unfortunatly one of them happens to be a purple plaid fleeece dress sheet If I were at a barn like those mentioned I would certainly expect to play along, and would probably have the money to at least buy a sheet, a pad, and a trunk cover.

                        I wouldn't pick a trainer that thought saddle brand mattered over fit, and would assume that a clean well fitting saddle is acceptable.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by CBoylen View Post
                          For every person that comes with a Baker, there is someone who will show up with a nylon blanket in neon pink. "We only use our colors" is more polite than "Can I see your blankets?...Oh, yeah, you have terrible taste, YOU definitely need new blankets...But Susie over there is okay, HER taste is acceptable".
                          100% agree. I could never afford the custom blankets, coolers etc and my trainer was really great and always had extra for people like me who just couldn't afford that. We were also always provided show saddle pads so that everyone matched. It makes a much more professional picture at shows. If you have a nice baker blanket or a conservative wool cooler, many trainers will still let you use them, but they have to "protect" themselves from the girls who want to have neon pink and green everything

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by CBoylen View Post
                            For every person that comes with a Baker, there is someone who will show up with a nylon blanket in neon pink. "We only use our colors" is more polite than "Can I see your blankets?...Oh, yeah, you have terrible taste, YOU definitely need new blankets...But Susie over there is okay, HER taste is acceptable".

                            ROFLMAO
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                            • #15
                              LMAO!!
                              wait, was this serious?
                              Don't let Rodrigo hear you say that.
                              Well, it's sort of true - it depends on which one you have. For a while there, some of the Pessoas had leather that was extremely plastic-y.

                              I wouldn't discount them entirely, but I've seen - and ridden in - some fairly awful ones.
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by danceronice View Post
                                You know, if you MUST insist on everyone having exactly the same blanket, okay, but what kind of trainer objects to a saddle so long as it fits the horse and isn't dangerous?
                                One who is a pathologically controlling or one who is getting a nice kickback from their saddle supplier...
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                                • #17
                                  Two words for barn hoppers:

                                  Wooden trunk!

                                  Classic, timeless, never the wrong color.

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                                  • #18
                                    I was at a barn once that was pretty particular about matching colors, but it served a purpose. The colors were Navy/hunter/burgundy. Sheets (turnout and stable), were to be hunter. Medium blankets were to be navy. Heavy blankets were to be burgundy. I thought it was actually pretty clever. That way, it was easy to spot what blanket was what so that the stable workers didn't have to remember which plaid or color or whatnot for each horse went with what weather. We weren't required to get a particular brand, so could choose what suited our budget and horses shape within the color scheme. Yea, you might have to spend some money when you first arrived if your colors didn't match, but you also weren't required to buy custom everything from TCH at crazy prices!

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by purplnurpl View Post
                                      LMAO!!
                                      wait, was this serious?
                                      Don't let Rodrigo hear you say that.

                                      The newest ones don't appear so bad- and I'd kill for an old, old A/O.

                                      However, the ones made from, say, 2000-2006 (arbitrary #'s based on the years i saw people purchase them) were ugly, plasticy, stiff POS saddles. And I will say that right to Rodrigo's face, if asked.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Pirateer View Post
                                        The newest ones don't appear so bad- and I'd kill for an old, old A/O.

                                        However, the ones made from, say, 2000-2006 (arbitrary #'s based on the years i saw people purchase them) were ugly, plasticy, stiff POS saddles. And I will say that right to Rodrigo's face, if asked.
                                        I'd say it to Rodrigo's face, too.

                                        But I wouldn't see it because he's laughing all the way to the bank.

                                        Of course, he might turn around and say "Whenever you are ready to pay for good leather and a living wage in a First World Nation, you let me know. Then I'll be happy to build you a saddle I'd actually like to ride in every day, too."
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