As you all know, the primary purpose of Snafflez is for testing out different colour schemes to see what tack looks best on particular colours of horses.
User submitted design of black horse wearing a teal cooler with mint accents and a mint coloured halter.
Horse wear, including blankets or rugs, come in a wide variety of colour combinations. You can use the Snafflez Horsewear pages, also known as the Horse Show Colour or Stable Colour pickers, to recreate existing manufactured blanket or rug patterns as close as possible, or to create your own customized design.
User submitted picture of “Marline ready for the show tomorrow!” — what an eye-catching combo of burgundy red and white on this buckskin pinto!
There are two different Snafflez Horsemaker pages you can use for trying out blankets/rugs and halters. The Drag and Drop Horsewear Page has the advantage of more white markings for horses, a feature which requires being able to drag and drop, and the ability to fine tune the placement of emblems on the blanket.
On the Click and Pick Horsewear Page, there are a lot more options in trim and decorative or functional features you can add to your horse’s wardrobe, and all you have to do is play around clicking to turn various elements — such as shoulder gussets or zebra patterns — “on” or “off” and can more rapidly try on all these combinations. And this one even works on touch screen devices and mobile devices such as cell phones.
User submitted image of “Smokey” in his lavender purple and charcoal grey gear.
Now what if you have created your own fabulous custom design, and none of the mass-produced blankets come that way?
Well, the design team at Snafflez (that’s me) are sticklers for realism. That not only means that we tried to make it possible to recreate many of the manufactured blankets you can buy in shops, but also that we wouldn’t have made it possible for you to play with custom show cooler designs if we didn’t already know where you can order them.
User submitted design of bay horse in blue, white, and black. Looks very much like this champion just won a dressage or showjumping event!
There are plenty of great businesses that offer custom embroidery or even custom dress sheets where you can order your own colours, custom piping, straps, and buckles at very affordable prices. But the following list of companies can make you the kind of custom horsewear that really stands out.
In the UK:
Nagrags – Not only fabulous custom horse wear, but very fabulous custom cross country gear as well.
In North America:
Snug Rugz – Based in British Columbia, Snug Rugz make some very pretty show sheets, and made the gear for the Canadian Olympic team a few years ago.
Brubachers Harness – Based in Ontario, Brubachers makes high quality blankets and custom show coolers, among other things.
Saratoga Horseworks – Based in New York, and makes more than blankets as well. They outfitted the American Olympic team.
Royal Riders – Home of the “Blue Ribbon” Custom Blankets, and can do a whole horse show package with stall drapes.
Know some others? Let us know about them in the comments!