I’ve been waiting for the right chance to share this and with show season upon us, I think now is the perfect time. Sometimes it can be a struggle to determine how to choose the best colors that will look good on both you and your horse. For those of you who need it, we’ve got help!
I can tell you that the equestrian color wheel is an invaluable tool for anyone that struggles to coordinate their outfit with their horse’s coat color. This color wheel is specifically designed to match the unique hues and tones found in horse coats, allowing riders to select complementary colors that will enhance their appearance and make them stand out in the show ring.
The equestrian color wheel is based on the three primary colors of red, yellow, and blue, as well as their secondary and tertiary variations. Each section of the color wheel represents a different color family, ranging from warm earthy tones to cool blues and greens as well as rich jewel tones.
By using this color wheel, riders can easily determine which colors will complement their horse’s coat. For example, if your horse has a chestnut coat, you might want to pair it with colors from the warm earth-tone family, such as rust, olive, or chocolate. Alternatively, if your horse has a gray or black coat, you might opt for rich jewel or cooler tones such as navy blue or deep purple.
If you can’t decide, keep in mind that navy blue and black are always in style and go with any coat color!
5 Tips For A Winning Look:
1. Chestnuts and light bays look good in earthy tones. Shades like tobacco, forest green and slate will always be a home run. Get sassy in the jumper ring with shades like sky blue, avocado green or firey topaz
2. White and Palominos are already stunning by themselves. You can take advantage of that by pairing jewel tones like deep shades of Amethyst, Emerald and Sapphire for a winning look. Feeling spicy in the jumper ring? Make a statement with a rich aqua, peridot or garnet hues.
3. Black or Dark Bay, this crew can really pull of the purple, green and navy shades. I LOVE the look of a dark green jacket on a bay or black horse. It just looks so old school elegant! Feeling bold in the jumper ring? Magenta, berry and bright blues will create a knock out look!
4. Greys are ever evolving as anyone who has ever owned one over a life time can tell you! These can be tricky, if they are born chestnut, run with colors from the chestnut group and as they lighten up move toward earthy greens and blues. If they are born black, stick with the cool shades for blacks and bays. As this crew lightens up you can pull jewel tones from the white and palomino group.
5. Roan coats have the most versatility on the color wheel. These coats are similar to a heathery shade of bay, chestnut or black that never grey out. Their coat color is ever changing throughout the seasons. This crew can have a rich dark coated in the winter shed out stunning lighter shades in the summer. This crew can start from the base of the coat color (black/blue, chestnut/strawberry) and work their way out toward the grey group depending on coat color and time of year.
Following these tips will help even the most novice horse owner put together a winning look. Not only does the equestrian color wheel make it easier to coordinate your outfit with your horse’s coat, but it also helps you avoid clashing colors or unflattering combinations. By choosing complementary colors, you can create a harmonious look that highlights your horse’s beauty and your own sense of style.
In short, the equestrian color wheel is a must-have tool for any fashion-savvy rider looking to make a statement in the show ring. With its intuitive design and versatile color options, it’s the perfect way to enhance your equestrian wardrobe and make a lasting impression on judges and fellow competitors alike.