From Endurance to Dressage
I love sparkly, beautiful browbands on other people's horses. A nice browband adds a touch of elegance and regalness to most any horse. Just not mine. It took me forever to finally buy a browband for Speedy's bridle. Everything I looked at was just too flashy. I finally found the one from Red Barn. It has a gentle curve with subtle pearls and stones. It suits both of us.
I am finally feeling ready to buy Izzy's bridle a new browband. His bridle currently sports a browband with small clinchers, one of which recently broke off. Now that he's proven he can be a show horse, I am thinking that he has earned something a bit fancier. Since subtle is my middle name though, I am not necessarily the best judge of fancy. My fancy is usually someone else's plain jane. So, if I am actually going to really go for it, I need a bit of advice.
What's the current thinking? Is it better to match your browband to your horse or to your jacket? I ride in a navy jacket (shown above) and don't see that changing any time soon. I like it, it's super comfortable, and it fits well. If I do decide to go for an upgrade, it will in all likelihood be another navy option, or possibly black.
If I go for something that matches my jacket, reason would suggest that I should choose something in blue stones. The problem with that is that I just don't see Izzy in blue. I should back up. As many times as I've looked for fancy browbands, nothing, and I mean nothing has ever tempted me, so I never really pictured him in any color. Until recently that is.
I was perusing the Dressage Pony Store's website and landed on Valerie's selection of full size browbands. This blue one, a pretty fancy number, started calling my name. At around $100, the price is within my ball park even though it's currently sold out.
With Izzy's warm coat color, bucksin-esque in late summer, and a deep seal brown the rest of the year, I am wondering if he wouldn't look better in a browband that sported warmer tones? I am in love with this rose gold browband and feel certain that it would look stunning on him. But like I said, my equine fashion sense when it comes to bling is not really to be trusted, hence the plea for advice.
But then I saw this one. It has the golden colors that I think would look fabulous with his coat, but there are also pale blue pearls that might work with my navy coat. This browband sells for $90. I don't love it nearly as much as the one above, but maybe in person it's so stunning that I'd be wowed no matter which one I was looking at.
So, what do you all think? Match the horse? Match the coat? Just how are these things done?
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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