If you love a classy ROOTD or a pleasant color combo, you probably like coordinating your own clothes. The real question: have you thought of customizing and coordinating your horses’ clothes? Although you can easily purchase beautiful premade blankets, sheets, scrims, and coolers, custom materials are created to last for a very long time – and you get to match all of your horse’s clothes!

I have no experience with much of anything custom, but especially not from somewhere with more than a few choices. I spoke to Katrina from The Clothes Horse, which makes beautiful items, all custom. The Clothes Horse creates blankets, sheets, scrims, coolers, covers, and curtain for your tack room, all from scratch. Using their simulation tool from their website, you can experiment with their expansive variety of color and material combinations. Although the simulation tool allows you to create 5,625 different varieties, The Clothes Horse also offers over 150 plaid wools and can custom order nearly anything – so the combinations are seemingly endless.

Katrina really simplified the customization process, and I got some tips on a few different color schemes.

Afraid to Step Away from Traditional Color Schemes?

If you’re designing your first custom piece of horse clothing, you may not be sure where to start. Asking Katrina for some ideas really helped me develop an idea of what I wanted. “Since you are starting from scratch, any color combo is easy. If you want to stick with traditional, navy or dark green as the base is the most common. Conservative combinations such as navy with burgundy and gray, or dark green with black and tan are timeless.  Right now  lots of earthtone combinations are popular – tans, browns, greens all together.  These will also age well and not look ‘dated’ since the combinations are conservative.”

Ready to Break Tradition?

I know I like to add some spice to my riding collection sometime, so I asked for some classy ways to do it; I like standing out, but I don’t want to be gaudy. “Metallics are a fun way to ‘jazz up your wardrobe.  A little metallic gold or silver piping can be a bit more fun than a plain gray or yellow, without being too much.  Or, if you prefer a lot of metallic, you can choose wider ribbon trim to pull in even more “bling”.  You can also try combinations that start out traditional, then add a twist – like brown, tan, and lavender, or navy, dark green, and metallic silver. It is fun to be trendy with metallics or bright colors like purple or teal when they are ‘in’, but be sure you love them (which many people do!), because your custom items will be with you for many years.”

Wishing to Stand Out From the Rest?

After a few summer grooming, I’ve seen a lot of barns with very similar color combinations, leading to nearly matching coolers and scrims. Katrina assured me that this was avoidable with customization. “Within the color combinations shown on the simulator and website, there are numerous ways to layout the trim.  This means that barn A might have navy with kelly green trim and white piping, but barn B might have navy with navy trim, white piping, and Kelly ribbon overlay, and barn C might have navy with white trim, wide kelly ribbon, and narrow navy ribbon.  Although these descriptions might be difficult to picture if you are not familiar with them, they are very different ways of designing the trim using the exact same colors.  Even if these barns are are standing next to each other at the in-gate, they don’t look identical.” Standing out at your barn or the show has never been so easy.

A custom piece of clothing is completely tailored to your wishes, so whether you switch a lot of sale horses in and out or you have one consistent ride, a custom piece will last for a long time and will always be what you want your horse to wear. If you like matching your horse’s clothes  in any way, customizing your horse’s clothing is the obvious choice for taking coordination to the next level, because you can customize it any way. After all, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”

For more information or to try the color simulation tool, visit: theclotheshorse.com.