Horse browbands - what are they?
Browbands stop your horse’s headpiece from slipping back up his neck. They are also attractive finishing touches to your tack for showing. When showing, show hunter ponies, hunters, cobs, mountain & moorland ponies should wear plain browbands. Show ponies, show hack and riding horses should wear coloured browbands.
Coloured browbands for horses
Your colour choice may be based on personal taste, horse colouring and your own outfit. Co-ordinating your browband, tie and hair accessories will create an appealing look. The amount of white on your horse’s face will also influence your choice. If your mount has plenty of white on their head, it is best to keep the amount of white or pale colours on the browband to a minimum. Coat colour is an important consideration. Here’s the browband colours which create the most aesthetically pleasing looks:
Chestnuts and duns
Think about burgundy, dark reds, navy, royal blue and bottle green. Metallic highlights work well.
This coat colour lends itself to brighter hues including jade, old gold, cream and copper.
Bay horses look great with browbands of any colour.
Dark bay and black
Primary colours work best for darker horses. Consider royal blue, emerald or red. Alternatively choose silver or gold.
White grey horses look fabulous in red/navy/gold or red/white/navy. Darker greys look drab in navy and need lifting with dark red, dark yellow, gold and jade.
Palominos and roans
Gorgeous palominos suit cream, gold, bottle green and burgundy while roans are lifted by subtle hues including navy, dark green and black.