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  • Jacket colour and rider size

    Sorry, another jacket thread... But this one has a twist! I have a 14.3 hand connemara cross, who, to be frank is probably too small for me. He is a homebred though, and I adore him, so I show him anyways.

    My question is concerning jacket colours with this little horse. He is grey, and I have always shown him wearing my brown windowpane jacket. I recently bought a very pretty navy pinstripe though, and wore it with him the last time we showed. I am a little worried, however, that the navy makes my upper body look that much taller on him, whereas the brown is not such a stark contrast. When I first looked at the pictures, all I saw was DARK leg and DARK jacket on a tiny horse. Now that I have gotten used to seeing the jacket, it is not quite so startling. That being said, I wonder if it is just growing on me, and my first reaction had some substance to it.

    Without further ado, pictures to help the COTH community decide for me:

    Brown jacket: http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos..._7004185_n.jpg anhttp://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos..._2008243_n.jpgd

    Navy jacket: http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos..._6916994_n.jpg and http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos..._5799749_n.jpg (yes, I lie on his neck sometimes... It makes us feel all Grand Prix.)

  • #2
    you look just fine together in both jackets. VERY cute horse.
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    • #3
      Both look just fine. I'm more partial to navy on a gray, though.

      Darling horse, BTW and you look great on him!


      • #4
        I could see you fitting on a larger horse, but don't think you too big for him. He's very cute. I'm partial to a pretty grey, anyway. I like the navy jacket on him best. It is a bolder picture than the brown.


        • #5
          The navy looks a little sharper on him because it really accents his coloring. I think both look good though, and your horse is ADORABLE
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          • #6
            Ditto Crazii Ponii!
            Pace, path, balance, impulsion and ?


            • #7

              Check out that auto release! Both coats look great. I'm a fan of navy, but I think I like the brown a little better.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by SillyHorse View Post
                Check out that auto release! Both coats look great. I'm a fan of navy, but I think I like the brown a little better.
                Me too I love the Brown, and he is an adorable horse!! Oh an one more thing, CUDOS for showing a horse you obviously love no matter how big or small he is, the fact that you love your horse and enjoy the challange of riding and showing shine through in your post!!!
                If you are lucky enough to ride, you are lucky enough.


                • Original Poster

                  Thanks very much for the feedback, and for the compliments on my little horse. He's a pretty special little guy, to me anyways, and it makes me so happy to hear nice things about him. His size isn't as evident until you see a head-on picture. He's only about as wide as a fence board, in fact, that's what a good friend of mine calls him - a very athletic fence board.

                  It's nice to know too that neither jacket looks funny. I'll have to try the navy out a few more times with him and see if it grows on me. It is a little heavier than my brown jacket, so maybe it can be our cooler weather coat.

                  Thanks again!


                  • #10
                    Both look great - I've always like navy on greys but both work... very cute horse by the way!!

                    I wouldn't worry about his size - my OTTB mare is only 14.3 and I adore her too. I'm probably a little too big but I wouldn't trade her for the world .
                    "When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered." CANTER New England


                    • #11
                      You could probably wear magenta and look great on that BEAUTIFUL animal! Me likey.
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                      • #12
                        I actually like the navy better than the brown. It makes the darker parts of his coat pop in contrast to the lighter areas.
                        "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." ~John Wooden

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                        • #13
                          Love the brown. Makes the total package understated elegance.

                          So greatful to get to ride!


                          • #14
                            Both jackets look very nice on your pony, but I think the navy really makes him pop. You don't look too big on him, either!


                            • #15
                              I can see where you're coming from with the dark/light contrast, but it doesn't look that bad at all I really like both jackets and the horse too!
                              Proud co-owner of one large, lemon-eating chestnut


                              • Original Poster

                                Thank you very much everyone.


                                • #17
                                  another vote for navy


                                  • #18
                                    Both jackets are lovely!
                                    However, if you are looking for a combination that will "make you look smaller/shorter" the navy works a bit better for that -
                                    The navy (or any dark color) separates your upper body from the lower by its contrast from your beige breeches. That "break" should make each piece - torso/legs - appear shorter than if everything flows together (as in no/little contrast between them).


                                    • #19
                                      I like them both! I do really like the brown on the horse, though the navy is a starker contrast.


                                      • #20
                                        Your horse is freaking adorable... and my vote is for the brown. Never would have thought I'd choose brown over navy on a grey, but it just looks so classy!