Hoof polish for 4-H showmanship?
I know most of the kids will have their horses hooves all polished up, but it often looks so fake. My daughter is about a week away from her first fair and I don't want her to be at a disadvantage, but I also don't want her to make her horse look fake. What do you recommend. His feet are not dark (which leads to black paint on the hooves) but at the same time, they're not very light either. Should we go for clear? What prep needs to be done for this to look decent, but not fake?
I'd prefer not doing it at all, but I don't want her to be at a disadvantage because we didn't do it. He's a mostly solid paint, but he was born with solid white legs so he's registered as such. I think that's why his hooves are lighter. They're not light like a grey horse though. Ugh, I don't know what to do, and I don't have a lot of extra money to spend on stuff right now because my husband is out of unemployment. We're really pinching pennies right now. Is there an alternative to "paint" that is economical?