Have you ever thought about how much the equestrian world feels like a rat race at times? Something about the sport seems to bring out a ‘more more more’ mentality in me at least, and I thought it’d be an interesting topic for a mini-blog series to see if other bloggers felt the same way.
There’s no denying that the equestrian world is full of trends, and they seem to change completely each time I get back into showing. When I started showing IHSA in 2003, you needed a pair of green/tan Tailored Sportsman breeches – the kind with the seam that swooped over your knee. Also, forget that velvet helmet. GPA skunk stripes were all the rage, no matter what ring you rode in. Bonus points of it was decorated with electric tape in your barn colors. Triple bonus points for a bejeweled GPA.
Now of course it’s ten years later and it’s natural for things to go out of style, but if you wear a GPA it “better” be a Speed Air (or maybe First Lady) says many people. The puke green breeches? Forget it says the hunter princesses, even if those $200 breeches are still in great shape.
It’s not that I don’t like new and shiny exciting brands and trends, but I don’t like the mentality that what I have is never good enough.
Here’s a perfect example of that from my personal history:
When I first discovered what rated hunter/jumper shows were really like, I spent a lot of time at the North Carolina Hunt Horse Complex watching the big AA shows. At these shows, there were lots of vendors and one of them was Thinline. Early in the Thinline days, they did a lot of promoting at shows like this with their golfball display.
At the time, I thought this was pretty much the coolest thing ever. My horse needs a Thinline pad, obviously! Of course I was a poor college kid and had nothing fancy and no money for it, but I didn’t forget the pad. Now years later, I have the coveted Thinline pad… and what am I doing?
I’m researching other half pads because I’m “meh” on it.
This is not to say that Thinlines are crap (they’re not) and there aren’t better half pads out there (I’m sure there are), but more of a “why can’t I be satisfied?” problem. If I’m being 100% honest, a lot of the reason I’m interested in different half pads is because all of the beautiful Ogilvy covers and memory half pad trends.
I don’t want to be the person who buys a flashy product entirely because of trends.
Do you ever feel this way about tack, or am I alone in this part of the equestrian rat race?