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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Always (Nameplate Debate)

I need some opinions on saddle nameplates! 


I have never had one before but I have been thinking about getting one for Henry's fancy new saddle (it does come with one included in the price but I suspect that does not include engraving).  If I don't like the color/shape of that nameplate I will probably order another one elsewhere online.




Don't fret, my actual saddle will be a much longer flap than this!






I googled nameplate ideas a while ago and ended up on a bunch of threads about how people think nameplates are tacky.  I've always thought that they were cool so this never even occurred to me... and perhaps as a naturally tacky human being I didn't really notice/mind.


Here is the color of the saddle again just for reference.








1) Silver or Gold for the color?  I lean towards Gold (seems like a classic choice) but silver seems a bit more subtle.












2) What should I put on it?  I am currently leaning towards Henry's registered name, Harfleur B, but it seems a more common choice to do the human's name. 










My husband thinks that this saddle should have magical powers because it costs so much money for few pieces of leather... er go...

This just makes me laugh (I refer to my noble steed as Henryhugglehorse  a lot)







3) Font?  I like the fancy but still legible handwriting fonts best.








3) Which shape should I go for?  I don't have an opinion about this yet.




Simple rectangles, some with slight variation





I call these "swirly do" shapes in my head






Any other thoughts?  Are nameplates just tacky AF?  Any suggestions on where to order them if I don't like whatever comes free with my saddle?


Can you tell that I am SLIGHTLY excited about my saddle arriving... ?!?!



31 comments:

  1. I'm not much help, but I just ordered a silver colored monogram style one from swanky saddle. No idea how cool that is or isn't, I just liked it!

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    1. I got one this summer and LOVE IT! Good choice! ;-)

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    2. I love those! My last name starts with an I so monograms don't look very nice :(

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  2. I think: gold, your name, bookman old (though i like plain fonts), and one of the two bottom "rectangle" shapes.

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts! That's what I'm leaning towards (today anyway haha!)

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  3. I've always wanted to do a saddle nameplate but the idea of actually attaching anything permanently to something as expensive as a saddle makes me break out in hives a bit 😂 so I've never actually done it!

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    1. I've sold a lot of saddles in the past few years so it didn't really occur to me that this would be a permanent fixture until recently hahah!

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  4. Too many choices! Hope you can decide :D

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    1. I know right? Decisions decisions :D

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  5. I love namplates! I have always had one on my saddles. I have always done silver on my black dressage saddle and brass on my brown AP. I don't know why, but that way I got to have both styles haha! This summer I ordered a monogram one from Swanky Saddle and LOVED it! I have totally fallen onto the mongram all the things bandwagon! :-)

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    1. I think they're super classy and sophisticated! I can't really monogram because my last name starts with an I, which seems to not monogram well :( Everything at Swanky Saddles is beeeaaautiful

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  6. I always thought plates were nice. I never had the extra money for them, or something else always came up. Tacky? Meh. I think it is more old school, in a positive way.

    I like the pretty hand writing myself. Metal? Match your hardware, like the d-rings. Get something that makes you happy every time you see it. You paid enough that no one else's opinion matters!! Happy for you! ❤️❤️

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    1. I think they're classy! :) It will probably be easier once I have the saddle in my hands so I can assess what would look best in the space too.

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    1. My stupid "I" last name really screws for me for monograms. Also my initials spell KRI which feels a bit emo haha

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  8. I don’t have any opinion on the options, but I just want to tell you that I don’t think they’re cheesy or tacky.

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  9. I think nameplates are great! So many options!! I like what you’re thinking and can’t wait to see the final product!

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    1. Thanks! Nameplate shopping is fun! :D

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  10. I never thought of saddle plates as tacky! I had one many years ago on my old saddle, but I never did get one for Hermie. My Voltaire is used, and the last owner had one of the Swanky saddle plates on it. I REALLY liked it, so wound up ordering my own for it. It hasn't come yet though. I just did my initials in script. My old plate (and this new one too) were/are brass, but the silver options are kind of newish.

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    1. Please post pics with you get it! :)

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  11. Lol! I vote 'Magic Saddle'! All great options :)

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    1. Hahah yeah I liked that one a lot !

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  12. If you like it, definitely do it! I don't think it's tacky at all, and it sounds like something you are excited for.

    My votes would be:
    Colour - match your saddle's D-rings/buttons (I can't see what colour that is from photo). But like Clover I also kind of imagine silver on black saddles and brass on brown.
    Shape - swirly do!
    Text - your name (because a) better for communal tack storage situations and b) you own 3 horses, someday it might get readjusted for a different pony. "Everyday I'm Huggling" did make me giggle). Harfleur B would be my second choice
    Script - I like Edwardian Script but multiple good options!

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    1. Very good suggestions! Thank you :) I am super excited for it!!

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  13. Love the shape. I got brass, it tends to look nicer with brown. Usually saddle companies do engrave your saddle nameplate. You also really want it to be legible. Otherwise how can people know its yours. Be sure to keep your saddle's serial number on file.

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  14. I like silver usually, but gold with that color saddle. I'd do your name, and I'm the WORST at picking out fonts because I like the fancy looking ones, but then no one can read it!

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    1. Yeah I agree that gold/bronzey tones will work better with the saddle color! I have the same problem, I need it to be legible and not a swirly blob (but swirly blobs look so spiffy sometimes haha)

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  15. I desperately want the monogram from Swanky Saddle but I don't have a middle name so it looks ridiculous...

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    1. I feel you! My last name start with an I which makes monograms look pretty weird and not nice.

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