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  • does tack have to match?

    I feel very silly asking this but I plan on showing a bit this coming year at schooling shows and B rated shows. My saddle, girth, stirup leathers and martingale all match perfecto in medium brown but my bridle is black...I feel like it is super tacky (no pun intended)....is this bad?

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    Schooling shows? Yeah, you'll probably get away with it. Higher rated? No.

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    • #3
      You can find a decent bridle that would probably match your tack at a local tack shop that would be under $50.00. It would look better if you have all matching tack.

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      • #4
        I wouldnt show hunters in a black bridle, but thats just me.

        You can buy a cheap, but nice looking brown bridle from Dover for $35. I think I even got one on sale for $29.99.
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        • #5
          Does anyone have a brown bridle you could borrow?

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          • #6
            I only show local/schooling shows and I wouldn't enter the show ring with mismatched tack unless something broke and the mismatched piece was the only possible replacement. A bridle should cost less than one show worth of entry fees; I'd skip one show to pay for it rather than sacrifice turnout, because I firmly believe that proper turnout is symbolic of respect for the horse and the judge.

            Smartpak's Plymouth line is, from what I hear, pretty nice, and well under $100 for a snaffle bridle. Good turnout doesn't have to be expensive!

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            • #7
              It shouldn't matter, but even for me I'd try to find even an el-cheapo bridle to go with the rest of the tack. Some brown tack is so dark it would not be that obvious, but when there is a huge difference I'm afraid I really notice.

              Myself, I adore quality leather and would like to find a nice bridle...but most people are not that up close and testing the feel of the leather.
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              • #8
                Here's the cheap one I mentioned before.

                http://www.doversaddlery.com/suffolk...X1-1287/cn/79/
                Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
                White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

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                • #9
                  Black tack in hunters/eq/jumpers is kindof a no-no anyway, and since it doesn't match the rest of your tack, I would try to avoid using it. As some other posters mentioned, you can pick up a brown bridle at several locations for cheap. If it doesn't match exactly, oil it down.

                  Good luck at your show!

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                  • #10
                    The Dover one looks great for the price, but do not plan on darkening cheap leather. Most of it has been sealed and will not take oils or even leather dyes.

                    Ask me how I know this.

                    If you want to go up to $100, Schneiders has lovely bridles that look easily double the price.

                    PS: When the title said "non matching tack" I thought you were going to ask if you could put fancy stitched with plain or round raised with square raised. The answer to those questions is "yes" for schooling and local and B shows. And even for A shows if the color is exactly the same.

                    It is only at the AA level where it matters if the pieces of the bridle come from different places and the noseband clearly doesn't belong with the bridle, etc. It just takes away from "the look".
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                    • #11
                      Does it have to match?

                      For me? Yes. But I am kind of OCD about matching stuff.
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                      • #12
                        Go used. Check out the bits and barter board.
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                        • #13
                          I'm not OCD about matchy-matchy tack (ie I'm not going to worry about shades of brown) but if everything is brown and then the bridle's black that would bug me. I'd just get a cheap brown bridle.
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                          • #14
                            I have shown at AA rated shows since 1977...and I have been judging since 1997..I HAVE NEVER, NOT ONCE noticed if someones tack doesn't match!
                            If it bothers you, match it, but I promise, most judges do not notice.
                            Now a bright orange bridle on a black horse, yes, that sends me...but it won't change your placing based on performance.
                            "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"
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                            • #15
                              You are so right. It should not matter. But if we are talking hunters, there is something about being beautifully turned out, looking your best that gives a level of 'look at me' confidence. Jumpers - not so much, of course, but looking the part is part of an athlete's positive thinking. There are the more casual types out there and they do ok, too, and more power to them. Personal choice as long as they don't query whether they didn't place higher because of ....

                              In the past several threads here questioning whether all the braiding and primping is just a money grab and part of the biz...or whether appearance gives the judge just a teeny bias.
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by mroades View Post
                                I have shown at AA rated shows since 1977...and I have been judging since 1997..I HAVE NEVER, NOT ONCE noticed if someones tack doesn't match!
                                If it bothers you, match it, but I promise, most judges do not notice.
                                Now a bright orange bridle on a black horse, yes, that sends me...but it won't change your placing based on performance.
                                Just wondering...would you notice if the bridle was black at an AA show? I think it would stick out, but maybe not?
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by mroades View Post
                                  I have shown at AA rated shows since 1977...and I have been judging since 1997..I HAVE NEVER, NOT ONCE noticed if someones tack doesn't match!
                                  If it bothers you, match it, but I promise, most judges do not notice.
                                  Now a bright orange bridle on a black horse, yes, that sends me...but it won't change your placing based on performance.
                                  Hurrah! I love your post. Now please tell me the color of the rider's jacket doesn't matter either, and I will love you forever.
                                  I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne

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                                  • #18
                                    well......I will say I am not a fan of the new very light tan jackets...other than that...

                                    I will say that fit is SO much more important than color!
                                    "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"
                                    carolprudm

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by mroades View Post
                                      well......I will say I am not a fan of the new very light tan jackets...other than that...

                                      I will say that fit is SO much more important than color!
                                      That's good enough for me. Naturally, I have my preferences, too, but I find it hard to believe that one conservative color or another makes a bit of difference to the judge.
                                      I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne

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                                      • #20
                                        I wouldn't go to a H/J show with black tack and I definitely wouldn't go with half black and half brown tack. Like other posters have said, it's worth the few extra bucks for proper turnout. Have fun!
                                        "Many are riders; many are craftsmen; but few are artists on horseback."
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