Maybe it’s just the dressage crowd I’m hanging out with, but does it seem like good old tie-it-yourself stock ties are out of style?
|It’s just a jump to the left, and a step to the right…|
Over the weekend, I saw a lot of riders in dressage attire; I’m certain I was the only one not wearing some kind of pre-tied stock tie.
I am a die-hard stock tie traditionalist. As a youngster in Pony Club, I struggled and struggled to learn how to properly tie my stock for formal turnout. I spent time in front of a mirror fluffing the knot, getting it just so before pinning it down. But I knew I looked sharp in the dressage and show jumping rings.
A perfectly tied stock tie looks lovely, especially with a plain gold pin. It’s a classic style. Plus, it’s useful! Traditionally, the stock tie is used in the hunt field as a safety measure: in case of injury, the tie may be used as a temporary bandage for a horse’s leg or a sling for a rider’s arm. It is also useful in keeping rain or wind out of the rider’s collar.
For me, a traditional stock tie is a nod to tradition as well as a point of pride (some of my dressage friends don’t know how to tie them!). What do y’all think? Do you wear pre-tied ties? Traditional? No tie? Are the dressage people the only ones wearing the silky ruffled kind?