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    I recently started riding again after a seven-year hiatus. As I prepared to begin riding again, I started by taking an inventory of the items I still had. Fortunately, the only things I had given away/sold were things that didn't fit me anymore. I always knew, in the back of my mind, that I'd start riding again someday!

    Anyway, as I dusted off my old GPA helmet, I started to reminisce about some of the other fashion trends that I went through in the early to late 2000's. I still remember my first helmet, which was not approved and I recall how my parents were upset when they found out that the store sold us a helmet that wasn't all that safe. We had no idea what we were doing.

    When I started riding, everyone at my barn took lessons in full chaps. I went through a huge ribbon belt phase for a while there too. And then a phase where my belts had rhinestones and somewhat large buckles. Oh and I also spent way too much time putting rhinestones on my brushes. They'd fall off in no time.

    Full disclosure--I'm still riding in my GPA for a few reasons... It was expensive, I know I never fell off and hit my head while riding in it, and I currently ride at a barn where no one gives a darn about what's "in." Oh, and I find it comfortable. I'll probably keep riding in it for the foreseeable future, even though I know I might look out of touch.

    What other trends (for horse or rider) do you remember? I always think it's fun to talk about the 2000's because that's stuff I'd remember, but I think it's fascinating to hear about other decades too!

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    I don't worry much about fashion, but you may want to think about getting a new helmet. There is a pretty prevalent theory that the helmet materials degrade over time, so even if there was no fall involved, it may not be as protective after so much time has elapsed. Just FYI.

    And welcome to the BB!

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    • #3
      If your GPA is left over from the early 2000s, please please replace it for safety reasons, not for trendiness reasons. The current recommendation is to replace helmets every 5 years, impact or no.

      As for old trends, I miss all the fun patterns and color choices we used to have for show shirts. I kept a few and occasionally show in them when it's cooler. They just look so much prettier than all the boring white shirts we have now, though I appreciate the improved fabric now.

      Full chaps in winter were fabulous. I finally tossed my old ones when I moved a couple years ago, because they'd gotten moldy. On cold, windy days, I'm always temped to order new ones!
      A Year In the Saddle

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        #4
        My GPA is from the late 2000's! Should have clarified that but I know that's still old and therefore it needs to be replaced. Thanks guys, will look into getting a new helmet ASAP!

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        • #5
          I still wear my full chaps. Easier on the saddle than wearing jeans and I'm cold.
          Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
          you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.

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          • #6
            Wilkommen to COTH, blumchen!

            I'm just enjoying the idea of the "early 2000s" as "yesteryear." I rode hunt seat in the 1960s.

            I agree that you need a new helmet.
            "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." -- George Bernard Shaw

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              #7
              RPM - Danke!

              Actually just purchased an Ovation Schooler on Amazon and can't wait for it to get here! One of my fellow riders at my barn has one and I thought it looked really nice. It seems to have some great reviews on COTH as well!

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              • #8
                Okay, early '90s....I was sporting white rubber reins. Loved those.
                Last edited by ParadoxFarm; Nov. 24, 2017, 11:40 AM.
                “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                • #9
                  How about when everybody was gluing rhinestones or putting colored stripes on the center stripe of those GPAs? It got to the point where there were even kits available you could buy and people who charged to do the decorating for you. Then I think a lot of places banned such adornments. Out of this I believe grew the many more manufacturer-offered color/decor options now available for helmets today.
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                  • #10
                    [QUOTE=JenEM;n9937255]

                    As for old trends, I miss all the fun patterns and color choices we used to have for show shirts. I kept a few and occasionally show in them when it's cooler. They just look so much prettier than all the boring white shirts we have now, though I appreciate the improved fabric now.
                    QUOTE]

                    That's why I've got an assortment of Le Fash shirts. They're a little pricey, but sometimes you can find good deals. I love being able to have secret colours and patterns, no pit stains, and still look professional with my jacket on.

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                    • #11
                      Ulster boots, sweet Dehner field boots, Navajo blanket square pads, full chaps with needlepoint names embroidered on the back, chaps with fringe (that horses would enivatibly bite off, Harry Hall breeches, stock pins, carnations on our lapels in Medal finals, the Millers catalog, and westropp overreach boots whose petals could be rethreaded to alternate color.

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                        #12
                        Yes! I had some full chaps that had my initials embroidered on the back... Also had some half chaps with fringe that I absolutely adored. I remember I ordered them online and I'm pretty sure they were shipped from Yemen.

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                        • #13
                          And praise all that is holy that the high rise puke green Tailoreds with no give are out and the nice stretchy normal tan Tailoreds are in!

                          i keep my bedazzled GPA in my trunk for posterity. I also grew up where everyone wore jeans and half chaps but alas, everyone rides in breeches now, even with chaps. The loud belts are also relegated to storage with the pretty brown and grey plaid hunt coats. But luckily the new tech fabric will make you thrilled to show in the heat!

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                          • #14
                            The Crosby PDN! I rode in the high Junior Jumpers with mine. My trainer was from Europe and hated riding my horse in it.

                            half pads with no saddle pad toward the end of the 90's.

                            those Roma washable fleece girths. I still have a few.

                            Knitted pommel pads in your colors. Half pads cut from egg crate.

                            flannels for standing wraps. Gorgeous until they went in the stalls and got covered in shavings.

                            tying/finishing braids in the front instead of the back.

                            Hampas boots. White reins. Light brown and olive coats. Slate grey coats. colored shirts. Monograms on chokers because stock pins were out.

                            these newfangled things called "WBs" started winning and us TB peeps with old fashioned daisy cutters stopped winning the hack....

                            I use my full chaps in winter still. The PDN is in my barn loft with a broken tree but haven't tossed it yet.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by fordtraktor View Post
                              Knitted pommel pads in your colors.
                              I still see those in the show ring once in a while. And I still have one. Somewhere.

                              The winner of this year's Maclay final used one.
                              http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/...a-maclay-final

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by AndNirina View Post
                                Ulster boots, sweet Dehner field boots, Navajo blanket square pads, full chaps with needlepoint names embroidered on the back, chaps with fringe (that horses would enivatibly bite off, Harry Hall breeches, stock pins, carnations on our lapels in Medal finals, the Millers catalog, and westropp overreach boots whose petals could be rethreaded to alternate color.
                                You just made me try to find ALL of that!!! I miss it

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                                • #17
                                  Madras coats with yellow or rust breeches. With peg-tops.

                                  Pelhams with double reins.
                                  "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." -- George Bernard Shaw

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by fordtraktor View Post
                                    The Crosby PDN! I rode in the high Junior Jumpers with mine. My trainer was from Europe and hated riding my horse in it.

                                    half pads with no saddle pad toward the end of the 90's.

                                    those Roma washable fleece girths. I still have a few.

                                    Knitted pommel pads in your colors. Half pads cut from egg crate.

                                    flannels for standing wraps. Gorgeous until they went in the stalls and got covered in shavings.

                                    tying/finishing braids in the front instead of the back.

                                    Hampas boots. White reins. Light brown and olive coats. Slate grey coats. colored shirts. Monograms on chokers because stock pins were out.

                                    these newfangled things called "WBs" started winning and us TB peeps with old fashioned daisy cutters stopped winning the hack....

                                    I use my full chaps in winter still. The PDN is in my barn loft with a broken tree but haven't tossed it yet.
                                    Rewatching the Horse Power Road to the Maclay and one of the riders had this huge foam rectangle under the saddle, lol.

                                    All my favorite pictures from high school are the half pad with no other pad!

                                    I miss my navajo pads,loved those things. I also cherished my Journeyman custom chaps-it was my first (and only) custom piece of riding equipment and i loved those things. Wore through both calves and had them patched,then wore through both knees- finally had to retire them. I really want another pair of the Pinell customs now.

                                    I still have my old TS breeches and can't get my calf through that stupid leg seam! What a stupid design and place to put a seam with no give at all.

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                                    • #19
                                      I'm totally getting some half chaps with fringe for Christmas now. I sometimes play a barrel racer on the weekends. It'll be perfect.

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                                        Do it, Tinah! I may have to ask for some for my birthday, which is coming up in a few months. They're just fun!

                                        I too remember wearing super stiff Tailored Sportsman breeches. Do they still have that seam that goes down the outside of your thigh and then turns in and ends up going down the middle of your knee?

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