Riding Habit Revised a column where the best and worst of equestrian fashion and decor is reviewed with a modern edge.
This fall, Riding Habit Revised dared to ask the question: Who is the better fashion role model: fashion designers or your horse? And the winner was….of course, your horse!
For the holiday edition in this series, and as a follow up to last weeks Riding Habit Revised: ‘Tis The Season For The 25 Ugliest Equestrian Christmas Sweaters, let me show you how horses’ ability to wear jolly jumpers with flare really puts us human-kind to shame!
1. The Christmas Sweater
While traditional Christmas sweaters can look pretty ugly on people this time of year, on horses they just look unbelievably awesome! Last Christmas, The Jockey Club and 17-time Champion Jockey, Tony ‘AP’ McCoy teamed up to promote racecourses in the UK. Not wanting their efforts to go unnoticed, McCoy and his very, merry mount Dr. Livingstone, each donned their holiday best and posed for this one-of-a-kind photograph, which surely fast-tracked everyone into a festive mood!
2. The Christmas Sweater Vest
The sweater vest is one of those articles of clothing that is always a little bit tricky to turn into an acceptable fashion statement, but when you decorate it with over-the-top holiday accouterments the situation becomes completely hopeless. That is, unless, you are an equally over-the-top adorable animal! Say what you will about the Christmas Sweater Vest, but you can’t deny that this foal is styling!
Want to see more adorable animals in sweater vests (of course you do!)? You can overload on them at http://animalsweatervests.tumblr.com. You’re welcome!
3. The Christmas Onesie
This Christmas it seems that onesies are all the rage for human and horse alike. You can grab this look for yourself at Tipsy Elves if you like. But I think we equestrians all know our horses are wearing it better this year. So, I say invest in this festive red star horse onesie from Shwmae Products Ltd. instead, and make your pretty pony look like the perfect present under the tree this Christmas. You won’t regret it!
4. The Icelandic Lopapeysa
When you hail from a place called Iceland, it’s a pretty safe bet that whether you are horse or human, you will have ample opportunities to wear sweaters. So it’s no surprise that these people have come up with their own unique sweater style. The Lopapeysa was developed to make use of the plentiful native wool in Iceland after imported goods took over the market for everyday clothing.
I actually applaud Farmers Market for its creative use of this traditional look in it’s fashion line for humans, and must admit that it’s a real toss up as to who looks more dashing in these two photographs. Honestly, these two look like family! Don’t they? Let’s just call it a tie and keep peace in this household for the holidays.
5. Fair Isle Christmas Sweater
In the 100% Sound story The Top Five Videos That Give Street Cred Back To Dancing Horses, I introduced you to Dance Pony Dance and his amazing moonwalking to Fleetwood Mac. Well, it seems Dance Pony Dance is at it again!
Three UK, Visit Scotland, and Promote Shetland combined forces this festive season for The Knitwear Before Christmas Campaign, which once again featured the now famous dancing Shetland pony, Socks, and some friends, in fantastic Fair Isle Christmas sweaters. I think it’s pretty clear that Socks puts this super model type to shame!
And the fun doesn’t stop with the photograph. Not by a long shot! For our Twitter fans, you can head over to @ThreeUK to see a multitude of seasonal scenes with Socks. Here’s a favorite of mine to wet your appetite.
Also, definitely spread some holiday cheer with an amazing personalized pony e-card from The Christmas Pony Gifter: http://ponygifter.com. You won’t regret it! And round out your horse sweater extravaganza with this updated version of the classic Dance Pony Dance video with a Christmas twist!
In the spirit of the holidays, I didn’t want to leave out any member of the Equus family, and I must say this donkey looks pretty dashing too.
Have A Very Happy Horsey Christmas!