Guidance for Browbands

​Guidlines for Browbands and Trimming for the Show Ring

SHOW PONIES, INTERMEDIATE SHOW RIDING TYPES, HACKS & RIDING HORSES
all require a coloured browband for the show ring and must be shown plaited.
RIDDEN ARABS
also require a coloured browband but are shown unplaited and with a full mane and tail.
SHOW HUNTERS, SHOW COBS AND MOUNTAIN & MOORLAND PONIES
DO NOT require a coloured browband in the show ring - they are shown with leather browbands.
Hunters (ponies and horses) must be plaited. Show Cobs are generally shown with hogged manes.
Mountain & Moorland ponies are shown unplaited as specified by each individual breed society rules.
These mainly stipulate the minimum of tidying and trimming and no makeup and or false hair.
COLOUREDS
are a little different, and it varies dependent upon the class entered and how it is being shown.
Coloured Show Ponies and Riding Horses require a coloured browband. Cobs, hunters and traditionals do not. Plaiting will depend on breed and classes entered.

What Colour scheme should I use for my browband?

The colour scheme chosen should be based on personal choice, horse colouring and of course the rider complexion and colour of the rider’s hair. In general co-ordinating your browband, tie and hair accessories will create a pleasing well balanced picture.
The amount of white on the horse or pony’s face will impact on how much white, cream or silver you may include in the browband. Lots of white on the head keep the amount of white or pale colours on the browband to a minimum. A small star may require a some brightening with white or pale colours on the browband. No white at all and you can create a really stunning look and brighten up the head with clever colour choice. Colour scheme ideas for the following coat colours are only for guidance and if you are unsure you can always make a coloured drawing of your idea and see if it works against your equines coat before commissioning your new browband.

CHESTNUTS AND DUNS
look great in burgundy, dark red, navy, royal blue and bottle green with cream and a little gold metallic.

LIVER CHESTNUT
suit something a little brighter such as jade, old gold, navy or cream. Copper colours look fabulous on liver chestnuts.

BAYS
suit most colours.

DARK BAYS
suit the bright colours as suggested for BLACKS below.

BLACKS
benefit from bright, primary colours in their browbands.
In our opinion, royal blue ribbon looks absolutely fantastic on a black with perhaps the addition of a little red with silver and or gold. Other good colours are bright red with gold metallic, emerald or bright pink.

WHITE GREYS AND DARK GREYS
white greys look great in the traditional red/navy/gold or red/white/navy. Darker greys look drab in navy, royal or pastel blue. The coat really needs lifting with a shade of either bright or dark red, dark yellow or gold and jade can also look quite stunning too.

PALOMINOS
suit navy, cream, gold, bottle green and burgundy; if you are brave enough why not consider bright pink/lilac/silver or any pastel colours.

ROANS
benefit from subtle colours such as navy, bottle green or black. Bright colours don't usually work with the exception of royal blue. Keep the browband toned down especially with chestnut roans.....blue roans dress as greys above.

COLOURED HORSES AND PONIES
keep the colours and design scheme simple, i.e. nothing too busy for the browband. Navy, red and gold with possibly a little white looks great or why not substitute the navy for royal blue, ultimately your choice will be down to your own personal preference.

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