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Good colors on a Chestnut horse?--new pictures added.

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  • Good colors on a Chestnut horse?--new pictures added.

    I am looking to purchase a dress sheet for my new horse. He is a chestnut. Not a really orange chestnut, but not extremely red either.

    What color would you choose? I have found several nice dress sheet on ebay. Some of the colors are:
    burgundy, gold (marigold color), slate blue, a hunter/burgundy/navy plaid.

    Any and all opinions are appreciated! I can add pictures of my horse if it would be helpful.
    Last edited by akhunterrider; Jan. 9, 2011, 11:04 PM. Reason: new pictures added

  • #2
    I think green is the safest, most used.

    But since I am not a fashionable person....I shall crawl back under my rock!


    • #3
      hunter green or green looks the best on most chestnuts.


      • #4
        Agree with green being the traditional color for chestnut horses.
        Also makes them look really festive during the holidays...red horses wearing green blankets.

        Navy blue also looks really nice on a chestnut.

        I personally wouldn't go for anything in the red family like burgundy, red, pink or purple on a chestnut. Not a good look.

        But slate blue and the plaid would also probably look really nice. Even though there's burgundy in the plaid, a small amount of red in a pattern of other colors looks nice.
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        • #5
          I saw a friend's chestnut look striking in black the other day. Other good options are hunter, navy, yellow. I personally am not wild about burgundy or anything in the red family


          • #6
            hunter green is my favorite
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            • #7
              Lots of people do the hunter green look with chestnuts. Personally, I strongly prefer blues on my chestnut - especially navy. I think it is a better look for most chestnuts because it isn't as "contrasty" as the hunter/chestnut look.

              My chestnut is not super red/orange, either, but certainly not liver chestnut. In any event, given the choices you've mentioned, I'd do either the hunter or the slate blue. I'd be super tempted to look around for a nice dark navy though...


              • #8
                Hunter Green then Navy ~

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                • #9
                  Hunter green, followed by navy blue.


                  • #10
                    green, navy blue or any blue (except light/sky blue), and black are all good.
                    I have a bay, a red copper penny type bay and have had to figure out the same issue PLUS black points.


                    • #11
                      I think that grey looks good on chestnuts. I have one, and for years I have gone the navy and hunter route. While those look very good, I think that this particular combo of grey/white(white looks REALLY good on chestnuts, but isn't practical in large amounts)/black that I use on my guy looks pretty classy.


                      • #12
                        My chestnut stallion looks exceptionally sharp in his royal blue and black blanket.


                        • #13
                          Hunter green is terrific, as is a really nice navy or royal blue, also chocolate brown and certain creamish type colors look nice. Have fun shopping.


                          • #14
                            Green, navy, brown. Certain other blues work too, but some of them look really bad, so navy is your best bet for blue. Pink/red generally doesn't work, except maybe on a liver chestnut. Personally, I HATE black on chestnuts.. it looks like Halloween. Yuck.
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                            • #15
                              I tend towards the more traditional and like navy or hunter green on a chestnut. I have seen some kelly green that doesn't look too bad. I recently got a antisweat type sheet from Dover for everyday that is a denim/slate blue color with navy trim that doesn't look too bad. Royal blue also looks ok.


                              • Original Poster

                                Thank you everyone!

                                Thank you so much for your replies! Of all of the horses I have owned/leased over the years, I have never had to dress a chestnut. I have been scouting ebay for a nice dress sheet and here are the links to what I have found so far:

                                Absolutely gorgeous and I thought it would fit my horse, but after measuring him, I found out it was going to be too big.


                                The solid burgundy


                                Burgundy/hunter/navy plaid. The only downside is that it is light weight and not medium/heavy weight which is what I would prefer.


                                The slate blue polar fleece.


                                Unique taupe polar fleece.


                                The marigold sheet. I'm not quite sure how I feel about this in a solid color. If it were woven into a plaid it might not look so over the top.


                                Another burgundy sheet.


                                I love, love, love this plaid too, but I think it might be a touch too small. I measured my horse by myself the other day (which was not a very easy task) and came up with 76" ish most of the times I measured. I came up with 74" one time, but I think that was a fluke.


                                Another plaid that I love, but it might not be quite show quality.


                                Last, but not least, a picture of the beast who will be sporting this dress sheet.

                                Last edited by akhunterrider; Jan. 4, 2011, 12:02 PM.


                                • #17
                                  First of all, your horse is adorable!

                                  Of the stuff you posted, I think I like the first one the best, although I also don't really mind dark burgandy on a chestnut either. Not sure if I would want it in a large quantity, though... I do generally prefer solids or a very subtle plaid, but the other thing that I think looks amazing on chestnuts is Baker plaid. Probably wouldn't want it in a dress sheet or cooler personally, but they definitely look cute in it for stable wear.

                                  If it was me, I think I'd hold out for a nice solid dark navy with grey or tan trim (or something along those lines). Yummy.

                                  Another thing to keep in mind is that I tend to think you can go a little larger in wool dress sheets than you can in other stable-wear. I personally like a wool dress sheet to be a little larger so that it can comfortably fit over my saddle if I want to toss it on for walking to the ring in the winter, etc. Plus, if you are using it at bath time it can be nice to have it a little larger. My horse was a 76 when I got him and a 78 now (3 when I got him; 5 now), and his wool dress sheet is an 80 (had it before I had him, lol). I have always liked the way it fits, even when he was a 76. It's a matter of personal preference, really, but thought I'd toss it out there for your consideration.


                                  • #18
                                    I'd also like to submit a nomination for dark green.

                                    A couple of years ago I found a nice saddle blanket (western/wool style) to use when riding my boyfriend's sorrel TWH on camping trips. . .it has hunter green in it, along with dark brown, light brown and white, each of those colors divided by a bold black stripe.

                                    All of my tack is black.

                                    So, I have to say, he looks VERY handsome in it.
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                                    • #19
                                      As the owner of a chestnut or two, and a natural redhead myself, I would suggest a deep, pure purple. It's my favourite colour, as well.
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                                      • #20
                                        I have a chestnut and a few years ago she had a light blue blanket... I think it looked really good on her. Now she has a black and burgundy blanket. I think she looks really adorable in it.
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