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    07-06-2011, 01:47 PM
Grooming "Paint"?

My gelding wears a miracle collar, so he has a "stripe" where his hair has rubbed off behind his ears. I use a "fuzzy" but it still happens. It's a tradeoff between that and cribbing causing him stomach issues, so I don't have a choice.

That being said, he is doing very well in his schooling shows and we are getting ready to go to another level. Someone at our last show told me there is a type of grooming paint that will match his color that I can use to disguise his blemish. Has anyone heard of this?
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    07-06-2011, 01:52 PM
Shapley's makes a touch up spray, but it looks a bit dull once dry.

I use shoe polish, can get a wider variety of colors & can even mix to get it closer. If you dab it with a toothbrush afterwards it will have some texture and at a glance will look like hair.
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    08-08-2011, 05:52 PM
We showed this past weekend and cribber boy was sporting a nice "bald" stripe where his miracle collar sits. Its not raw or sore or anything, just bald. We won our entire division and it was a fantastic day. At the end of our last class, the judge called us over (gulp). She asked whether my boy cribs. I said yes, and she laughed and said she noticed the stripe. Then she went on to tell me that he is coming along nicely as a hopeful hunter and complimented our performance that day.

Can a horse be marked down in the show ring for a blemish like that?

The blemish is only behind his ears, where the top of his mane ends and runs about 3 inches along the side. Mane wont cover it, its too far forward. His bridle covers a little of it, but not much.

That being said, I did try to rub some shoe polish on it in the morning but it didnt cover it too well. I may need to put multiple coats like you said. I just went on line and ordered a can of Shapley's show touch up in medium brown. We'll see how that works.

If anyone else has had this issue I'd appreciate your thoughts.
    08-08-2011, 06:28 PM
Can you post a picture of him with his stripe? I've never seen that before. Great job on winning your division!
    08-08-2011, 06:33 PM
I will take a photo when I go to the barn on Wednesday. I do use the "fuzzy" things that come with the miracle collar, but after a while the hair just doesnt grow and its a bald stripe.

He doesnt crib outside, so I keep it off to "dry out" as much as possible when he is out, which is half of each day.

With the intense heat we've been having, cribbing could cause him gastric issues, so I don't want to chance letting him spend a day cribbing. It's a tradeoff.

I was sort of embarrassed that the judge asked me if he cribs.
    08-08-2011, 06:57 PM
Have you tried putting a metal or rubber capper along the top board of his stall?
    08-08-2011, 07:30 PM
I use the Ultra grooming chalk and it works nicely as well for small blemishes.

I use the white for my geldings markings, and then in black to cover a couple of old scars for halter.

I'd give you a link, but my computer freezes every time I go to do so, but you can find the chalk at Schneiders website.
    08-09-2011, 10:49 AM
Equiniphile, he would likely crib on a rubber or metal cap!
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    08-09-2011, 11:41 AM
I've only ever heard of grooming paint for dogs?
    08-12-2011, 04:20 PM
Attached is a photo of the "line" I am talking about caused by the cribbing collar.
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