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Glove Story

From
Vicki
Located
California
Question
I have a 6 year old daughter showing in leadline. She has bone chaps, boots and hat. I am looking for kid-sized gloves in sand/bone but can't find them anywhere. Any suggestions? Can she show without gloves?
Thank you!

Hi Vicki,

Thanks for your question. Your little daughter can show without gloves (it's pretty much always an option, but they add a formal touch in classes where the rider is judged...) or you can try to dye some.

To dye gloves, find some nylon gloves at a wedding supply store and buy 3 pairs. Cut up one glove of one pair to make some test dip strips, then boil up a mess of Rit or Tintex dye (usually you can find it at the drug store) and start experimenting. Make sure the gloves and test strips are wet before you put them in the dye, and remember the strips will look quite a bit darker wet than dry- use a blow dryer to hasten drying to check them. For your pale bone color, you might only put in a couple granules of brown and a pinch of yellow- it will take several test strips until you get close. When you're looking good, put in all five gloves and let them steep for say 10 minutes, then take them out and allow them to air dry. Now you have 2 1/2 pairs of gloves in that special color, so you can lose a couple and still be OK!

Good Luck, thanks for asking, and have fun-

Suzi V.
Hobby Horse


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