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Congress Equitation There are many types of horse shows at the Quarter Horse Congress Two types of these shows that display differences in the ways that horses are ridden are hunter hack and western pleasure Differences can be seen in the riders apparel the horses appearance and what the riders and horses are judged on A hunter hack rider dresses very formally The apparel includes tall black leather boots breeches with a thin leather belt a blouse with a stockpin or monogramming a show jacket and a velvet helmet The hair must be pulled into a net and the entire outfit must be neat Gloves are usually worn also Only certain colors are allowed for showing most commonly beige breeches with a gray or navy jacket and white or pastel colored blouse Unlike the hunter a western pleasure rider is allowed to be flashy in the ring Many colors and designs are worn allowing for individuality Western boots are worn with a pair of chaps Matching slacks or jeans are worn under the chaps with a leather belt with a flashy buckle on it A slinky or blouse is worn usually with a vest Gloves and a western hat complete the outfit A hunter horse is tacked with an English saddle and a saddle pad that is usually solid colored and made to fit around the saddle The bridle has a full browband and usually includes a caveson The horses mane is usually braided in an intricate pattern The tail must be full and faux tails are often used to achieve this look Like the riders apparel the tack for a western pleasure horse is also flashy The western saddle usually glitters with silver and the square saddle pad is brightly colored coordinating with the rider The bridle does not include a cavescon and may have a single ear band two ear bands or a full browband The outfit also includes a breastplate which
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