A few years ago it seemed that 'bling' was the thing for pop stars and celebrities. Dedicated followers of fashion brought sparkle and glitter into the high street and now no outfit is complete without some sort of spangle, be it in theform of a piece of attention grabbing statement jewellery or a discreet applique of rhinestones. And it's not just for girls! Guys can get away with a modest scattering of crystals too.
Entrepreneurs in the riding wear sector were quick to realise this emerging and potentially hugely profitable market opportunity and very soon sparkle was appearing everywhere. Bling has of course been popular in exhibitors' apparel in the Western show scene for many years beginning with tops encrusted with thousands of crystals. Chaps, belts, hats and spurs now all come with added stonework. The more conservative disciplines of dressage and show jumping have a more traditional and rigid dress code but touches of bling are beginning to emerge here too. Show jackets, spurs and breeches featuring crystal trim are now regularly seen in the arena as are plaiting bands with crystals attached.
It was only a matter of time before bling hit the tack shops. Browbands soon appeared with diamante detailing. Designs quickly became more elaborate incorporating coloured stones and pretty patterns which appealed particularly to younger riders. Matching breastplates were soon available which could be teamed with saddle cloths featuring complementary designs. Headcollars, rugs and exercise boots are all available in rainbow colours with added sparkly detail. For those seeking a truly individual touch, DIY bling kits are also available. If you wish, you can personalise your horse's show rugs with your initials in glorious multi-coloured diamantes!
The latest fashion accessory for the image conscious rider, (and horse!), is horse bling. Yes, you read that right! 'Equine Body Bling' designs can be used as they are or can also be customised if desired to create a completely unique picture. The crystals used are non-toxic, self-adhesive and leave no sticky residue after removal. To apply, make sure that your horse's coat is clean, dry and free of any grooming products. You simply remove the design from the backing paper and place it on your horse; (assuming said horse stands nice and still during the process of course!) To remove the design, peel it off in the direction of the horse's hair. During the winter months your bling should last from five to ten days and during the summer time from two to four days.
Whilst 'pimping your ride' with diamante crystals may not be to everyone's taste; this latest equine fashion craze is sure to be a hit at the Pony Club and Equine Body Bling is a great idea for a Christmas stocking filler.