When it comes to color coordination, eventers can be a little obsessive-compulsive.
They’re not just our cross-country colors — they’re our identity — and we’ll wear them loud and proud. We wrap everything we own in appropriately hued electrical tape and God help the barnmate who borrows our hoofpick and accidentally throws it in their grooming box instead of putting it back … busted!
Electrical tape is classic, but for eventers seeking to take their color coordination to the next level there are resources out there for you. Among them: Etsy, a wonderland for horse gear custom-made by people who are a thousand times craftier than you and I will ever be.
Here are a few items I found while thumbing through the site that may be of interest to eventers seeking to live the ultimate matchy-matchy dream:
Made-to-Order Saddle Pad
Choose two colors plus a binding and backing color — and add a monogram if you like — for a completely custom look. $80+. Etsy shop: ChestnutMareCrafts.
Custom Swarovski Rhinestone Crop, Belt, Gloves and Dog Collar
Your cross-country colors in bling. $38-89. Etsy shop: theStonedHorse.
Custom Stock Ties
Handmade and available in a wide array of color combinations. $69. Etsy shop: DocsDesigns1.
Custom Jeweled Browbands
Handmade and available in a variety of colors. $110. Etsy shop: GEARHORSEnHOUND.
Custom Fly Bonnet
Choose your base color, up to two trim colors, trim widths and style (square or rounded front). Scallop trim, crystal beads, rhinestones and additional rows of trim available. $70. Etsy shop: horsesandhome.
Custom Brush Sets
Customizable wood backed brushes — you choose color, patterns, and text options. $10-$70. Etsy shop: Emily Equine Creations.
Custom Fly Mask
Choose your own mesh and trim colors. $22.50. Etsy shop: MMHAriginals.
Custom Lead Rope
“Got a color in mind? Well I can make it happen! Whether it be blue camo or neon pink — if you can imagine it I can make it.” $25. Etsy shop: MadzProducts.
Custom Monogram Decals
Put your name on it! $3-7. Etsy shop: KJeqCreations.
And that, friends, is just the tip of the Etsy iceberg. Go check it out, and Go Eventing!