Blinged out browbands are the latest fashion, but what if I were to tell you this is not a new fad? Some of you probably know that already, and some of you may be surprised to hear that the blinged out browband has been around for long before I started riding. Long before I was born even!
The browbands were a bit different then, instead of diamonds they were covered in layered ribbons of your favourite colours. I remember I did my first bridle in purple and green when I was just 7 years old. I have always been one for flair.
|my original and favourite bling - even though my bridle is pieced together with different bridles...|
Several years ago my mom was given a true bling browband, complete with Swarovski crystals. Her past coach was gifted it while competing in the Grand Prix at the Royal Winter Fair at the time. It was a bit too much for her back then and she handed it over to me. I happily slapped it on my bridle and away I went. Who knew 7 years later it would be one the biggest trends in horsey fashion.
Since then, I have collected a few more nice browbands. I have the ODB (Original Diamond Bling), the lesser of the bling but still nice diamond browband, Williams red and orange fire diamond browband by Pink Equestrian (also a hand me down from my mom), and my newly acquired browband for my cross country bridle - with blue and silver beading! My coach made this browband - her website here. The perfect finish for my overly co-ordinated cross country outfit.
|Ace wearing my simple bling|
|William in the orange/fire bling|
|my new cross browband|
I like most bling browbands, but not all of them. I like them simple, and the ones that match the horses colour tone also. Not a fan of the crazy wild bling myself.
Are you down with the bling? Yay or Neigh?