I'm not sure if this happens in other sports, since I admittedly have only "played" equestrian for the majority of my life, but what is it about equestrians and fads? I mean I understand that when everyone else has something new and shiny you want it too, but I always wonder if those things actually help? Ever? I have a few examples and would love to hear your thoughts :)
First up is something I feel like every blogger must have heard of by this point.... the Ogilvy. This seems to have taken the equestrian world by storm, and there have been tons of posts related to this half pad with supposed mythical properties, but I cannot imagine ever using one. I've always worked closely with a saddle fitter who is so anti extra pads of any sort that I've always opted to have a properly fitting saddle than to shove unnecessary pads on my horse. Now I understand that not everyone has that "perfectly fitting saddle" but for those who do use the Ogilvy, do you actually think it's better than a proper fit?
Next is yet another item that most of the Bloggy World is probably familiar with... the oh so coveted Tailored Sportsmans. Now I've been riding for over 16 years and am familiar with the TS craze, but for my whole life I have never found a pair that fits. Ever! They're tight in the wrong places, baggy in other places, and no matter what size/fit/rise I try they just never work. With so many brands of breeches out there, why are these supposedly the end all be all?
And just incase all you hunter jumpers thought I was picking on just you, don't fear! I'm mystified by my own kind just as much ;) For all the dressage queens out there, I have never gotten into the humongous knee block/deep seat fad. This has been around for a few years so to be completely honest, I'm not even sure if it's as relevant now, but it just seems crazy to me. In a discipline where I want to be able to manipulate every movement my horse makes, why on earth would I stuff a bunch of saddle between me and my horse? Granted, I've had my dressage saddle for about 7 or 8 years now and it does have a slight knee roll, and a deeper seat than say, a huntseat saddle, but if I had my choice I'd be swapping that out for something way more minimalistic.
Hopefully I haven't totally offended anyone with this post, as it wasn't the point at all. I'm just genuinely curious as to whether or not people feel they've benefited or gained anything from "buying in" to these fads, or if they feel like it wasn't worth it?