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post #1 of 6 Old 06-12-2013, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Corn starched socks and clear hoof polish?!

I have a terrible time getting pretty show feet. My boy has 2 front socks and 2 hind stockings and we can only use clear polish on the hooves.

What order do you apply corn starch and hoof polish, and how do you keep each area spotless, especially the powder from the hoof lacquer?
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-12-2013, 06:42 PM
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Cornstarch last, otherwise the hoof polish won't stick very well!
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Mix the cornstarch with water and make a paste. It's easier to paint on and control, and right before your class you brush off the excess. Hoof polish on first to dry, or put on while the paste is drying.
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why not skip the cornstarch or any other whitening powders. I rarely see people powdering socks.unless your showing a horse that is suppose to have big feathered legs, Clip you socks & wash them Much easier to keep them clean when clipped & looks neater
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I actually used to use bluing on my horses socks when I bathed her, and it made them insanely white! (Bluing used to be used for laundry to clean white clothes and give them a very slight blue tint to make them look extra white). It is totally safe to use, at least the variety I had was. It never once irritated my horse (but if you use just make sure it doesn't, just in case). I used the tiniest amount and diluted it in water, then dipped a small brush in it and brushed it over her socks. Then I let it sit for a couple minutes then rinsed it off with the rest of her. Careful not to use too much though or it will definitely make their socks blue (which, although cool, might not be good for a show).

I dunno if this picture does it justice for how white her socks were at this show, but they do still look pretty white!
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why not skip the cornstarch or any other whitening powders. I rarely see people powdering socks.unless your showing a horse that is suppose to have big feathered legs, Clip you socks & wash them Much easier to keep them clean when clipped & looks neater
Unfortunately clipping isn't an option as leg feathering is a breed trait and factored in to the breed classes we do.
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