Gracie's colors have been light blue and black since we got her because she inherited Lily's old biothane bridle, which had those colors and stainless hardware. I didn't want to have to buy yet another bridle. (I already have...ummm...5...) I ordered her a breastplate in matching colors because she needed it for hills but I made the mistake of ordering it with brass hardware. (Lily's current biothane tack has brass hardware, hence the cause of my forgetfulness.)
Since it was custom stuff I couldn't return it, so I lived with it.
It seems like a minor thing, right? Like it shouldn't be important. Like it's something no one else would notice.
But I noticed. And it was making my eye twitch. Because non-matching hardware is a NO.
|Mismatched hardware = glaring eyesore.|
To me at least.
And yes, I had also made the mistake of ordering the bit hangers with brass hardware too...
*both eyes twitching...*
|Pardon the mash mouth|
Bridle charm by Beka. You can get yours at Straight Shot Metal Smashing.
Sparkly beaded "House of the Rising Sun" custom browband by Karen. You can see more here; contact her through her blog to order yours. :) And yes, the green I chose is supposed to match the hint of treen at the bottom of the mountains in the browband!
"And it looks like I could just change the straps that attach the breastplate to the saddle...those could be green also."
|Matte beta over the withers to match throatlatch, shiny biothane to the saddle to match S-hack noseband.|
Since some of these things are not on The Distance Depot website per se but I know from past experiences with Lily's tack that they will make me anything I want in whatever color I want to swap/replace random pieces and parts of their tack, I e-mailed them on a weekend asking about the breastplate parts (because on weekends is when I actually have time to obsess about stuff like this). And was quite surprised to get a response an hour later, being that it was a weekend and they are closed Saturdays and Sundays. Kristen and I e-mailed back and forth several times about my breastplate attachments. I got a price quote and a final decision on strap colors and widths, and told Kristen that I would call Monday to finalize the order.
The employee that answered the phone on Monday had no idea what I was talking about, which I had expected (I might have called when they had just opened too...), but she found Kristen in the shop and asked her about our conversation and so she entered the order into the system for me. I received an e-mailed copy of the order and I realized that the employee had misunderstood some of the specifics of the order. It was all still in one of the colors I wanted, so it was fine; I didn't want to nitpick like a crazy person. I knew my order was very confusing if you didn't know what I had discussed with Kristen.
However, an hour later I received a call from Kristen herself wanting to check the order, as she had noticed that the notes did not match what we had discussed. I ultimately did go with what we had originally decided and thanked her for enabling my color obsession. This is not the first time they call me to double-check an order, btw. They pay attention to stuff like that.
I placed my 100% made-just-for-me custom order on Monday (it was NOT pre-made: even the widths of the straps were not typical for what they usually make. This was just for me. My precioussss); it shipped Tuesday from Missouri, and arrived on Thursday in Maryland. It was regular Priority shipping.
Seriously. You can't ask for better customer service. I love that store.
Hence the color monster in me has been sated and now all of Gracie's tack is satisfactorily matchy-matchy in both color and hardware, and green has been added without having to buy a whole new set of tack.
*Sigh of relief*
Anywho. Doesn't she look good with the added green????
|Hint: You're supposed to say yes...|
Now we just need to add colored reins...
|"Mom, can you stop talking about colors so we can go for a ride already?"|
And yes, Miss Thang is really good at pretending to be a calm docile creature before rides.
And in case you are as color-obsessed as I am, here is The Distance Depot's color chart for their biothane tack. Because you can get pretty much any tack item you want in these colors.
*I have not been compensated by The Distance Depot in any way, shape or form for writing this review, nor did they ask me to write it. I pay full price just like everyone else; I just happen to love their products and customer service and want to commend them publicly for it. :)