It's drilled into us from the time we start buying our first show outfit: black gloves until your hands are steady. White gloves draw attention to the hands, and you don't want the judge to notice that.
After my lesson last week, (in which I forgot my gloves and my trainer subsequently nailed me on all kinds of hand faults) I started wondering why we don't make a point to lesson in light colored gloves, when we WANT to call attention to our hands. That's the point behind these jackets too, isn't it?
I like fun blog experiments, and this seemed like a good one. I ordered a pair of white Roeckl Chesters, which I will wear for lessons and see if there is any difference in the feedback I get. I won't wear them for anything but lessons with my long-time trainer, so nobody gets the wrong idea and thinks I'm full of myself.
(Yes, I know they won't stay white. That's okay. I am decades away from being competent enough to wear white gloves for showing.)
(I can't ride in anything but Roeckls. At least I got a good deal on these. I'm currently going through a crisis of conscience over wanting a pair of black ones for showing, and not being able to pull the trigger based on the enormous cost-per-wear of paying $50 for something I'll wear for approximately what, 60 minutes per year? I have literally both added them to my Riding Warehouse cart and picked them up in a brick-and-mortar tack shop last week and put them back twice. Ugh.)