With a background in the hunters and an overall fondness for neutral colors it probably isn’t surprising that I don’t have much bling in my equestrian life. My cross country “colors” if you can call them that are Navy, Grey, and White. Sometimes just Grey and White if were being completely honest. My saddle pads are all usually very neutral colors as well with the occasional light blue or burgundy dispersed.
I even got all crazy and ordered an ombre bonnet a few months back. I am probably the most boring client that If The Bonnet Fits has and I appreciate Sierra working with me to help me find combinations that meet in the middle. They are still super neutral generally but we add a little flash here and there! Lately though I have been having some grabby hands over some more blingtastic items. Specifically all the grabby hands over a fun new browband. Quite a few other bloggers have blingy browbands but I started to think about it more when Emma posted last week about all of the matchy matchy berryness she had prepared for her upcoming events. I have been on the fence about blingbands for the better part of 5 years. Rather than just buy one I revisit every 6 months – put one in the cart – and then chicken out. I torment myself over purchases at times and the browband dilemma has been no different.
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When TopLine Leather exploded on the interwebs maybe 5 years ago? I thought oohh those are pretty. Aimee actually has quite the horde of them! But still never took the plunge. When you aren’t sold on the idea of bling you probably shouldn’t try to go buy one of the most expensive ones out there. Unless you hate money – which with 3 horses I clearly already do enough of that.
BoyOBoy Bridleworks also recently came out with a cool ribbon browband. You can see the ever wonderful Henny sporting his over at The $900 FB Pony. Considering I had to be pushed to even include navy in my own Boy O Boy belt though I don’t think I am quite ready for a ribbon browband (they are super lovely though!) so the contemplation continued.
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In March at the annual KWPN meeting I got to put my hands on a lovely brow band from Black Jak Refinery. With prices starting as low as $50 these browbands are a bit more palatable. I found the quality of the leather to be really nice too. A lot of the bling browbands I have seen are on pretty atrocious leather and as a tack snob I am not about to put some POS leather on my bridles – kills my soul a bit. I am going to torture myself awhile longer and cross all my parts that maybe Annie and I will be the random winners of her current contest! Check out @blackjakrefinery on instagram to enter!
Those of you that have blingy browbands where do you get them? Do you compete in them or just use them at home?