BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN
If there’s one thing I love about the hunters, it’s the wide variety of striking, individualistic tack choices. Oh wait… that’s literally every other discipline.
Still, for the hunter/jumper rider looking to show their patriotism this 4th of July, I present some red, white and blue tack options that will let your American pride fully shine. Because after all, not everyone can stand out in the hack with a chromey, 10+ mover… but anyone can with a bedazzled, American flag browband.
Horse Bridle Brow Band- US FLAG -Full size
A hand-made, beaded browband for the elite, patriotic equestrian. “Let your horse wear it with pride!” These browbands have great reviews, appear well made and may be just the ticket to complete your look! Available at Etsy from jsteinbockstudio.
American Flag Sleezy
Oh sleezys… you have so many options. You can be used to keep horses clean, to drive them slowly insane, or to cover them almost entirely in patriotism! The perfect choice for lycra lovers, clean freaks and anyone going for an Uncle Sam theme in your next costume Gambler’s Choice class. Available from Sleezy Barb Horsewear.
POLO WRAPS – Red White Blue USA Flag Print
Can you ever have too many polo wraps? My neighbors (who share our community laundry centers) answer a resounding yes, but the average equestrian tends to disagree! These fleece flag wraps are the perfect way to add a little Independence Day flair to your schooling attire. You know, when you’re at home… far, far away from the tack snobs at shows. 😉 Available from BobbiGees Etsy.
American Flag Horse Fly Bonnet
Ear bonnets are so in for the jumper ring, and while Team USA might go for a more subtle look… why hold back? This bonnet says I’m American! I’m proud! I’m hoping to make it over all the jumps today! In that case, I should probably order my own because I’m usually hoping to make it over all the jumps on any given day. Available from HeatherWearHorse Etsy.
American/US Flag Saddle Pad, Comfort Memory Foam Half Pad, and Saddle Cover
This next set isn’t for people who simply like America, it’s for those who love America. This three piece set includes a memory foam half pad, matching square pad and flag saddle cover to complete the look. It’s patriotic as all get out! Available from PaddedPonies Etsy.
Patriotic Equine Visor Cap
Our final item really is function meets style. We know that helmet visors are the best way to protect our delicate skin from the sun, but what about our horses’? If you’ve been concerned, this patriotic visor browband is for you! Jokes aside, this is pretty cute and part of me wants to dress my American Thoroughbred up in one for pictures, because his Texas born self is pretty darn patriotic! Available at MyBuddyBling Etsy.
No matter what tack options you choose, have a fun and safe Fourth of July with your horses!
About the Author: Lauren holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of California Riverside, and is a lifelong rider and writer. Beyond equestrian journalism, she explores body positivity, mental health and addiction through personal narrative. She enjoys showing on the local hunter/jumper circuit in Austin, Texas.
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