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post #1 of 15 Old 01-19-2013, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Smile what color hoof polish???

I have a black and white paint gelding and i need to get some hoof polish for him but not sure which color clear or black, his hooves are white so i was told to use clear, however he was permanent splits and injuries from a past incident and i was told useing black will help cover them up and they wont be as notice able. Which should i use black or clear?? You can sorta see the splits i his front hooves in the pic
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post #2 of 15 Old 01-19-2013, 11:01 AM
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Maybe two white and two black :) ?

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post #3 of 15 Old 01-19-2013, 12:49 PM
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Technically with white hooves, your supposed to use clear polish. But ultimately its your preference.
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post #4 of 15 Old 01-21-2013, 05:58 PM
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Even though he has white hooves, he is a black and white paint so I think either would look fine. I know a lady with a black and white paint and she always used black hoof polish on hers. I don't think it makes much difference unless you are showing at a breed or association show, as they might have rules about it.
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post #5 of 15 Old 01-21-2013, 06:05 PM
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Since his feet are white, he should probably have clear polish, black polish would need to be perfectly applied and it might still look very fake/ unprofessional. I would get a buffing/sander block from your farrier and see if you can spruce up his feet, maybe try a feed through supplement for long term better feet?
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The pros will tell you to sand the hoof smooth, and fill in cracks with furniture wax filler stick in the appropriate color. Then you would paint clear polish since his feet are natural colored.

If you show only halter, I believe they paint black hooves no matter what the hoof color is. But performance horses stay whatever the majority natural color is.


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post #7 of 15 Old 01-22-2013, 09:52 AM
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If you do showmanship or halter classes, paint them black, if not clear will do. Just be careful with the black as it takes forever to come off the white hair!
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post #8 of 15 Old 01-22-2013, 10:15 AM
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Clear on all of them since all of his legs are white. Id be more worried about them being the wrong colour than a few spots of less-ideal hoof. I know a lot of local and 4h judges want to see the natural colour on a horse with any white leg (even one) than black on a horse that should not have black hooves.
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post #9 of 15 Old 01-22-2013, 10:23 AM
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My coloured boy has his hooves done in black as he has stripey feet which causes an optical illusion making him look like he is turned in infront.
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post #10 of 15 Old 01-22-2013, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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i show in open shows, my classes are showmanship, horsemanship, halter, western pleasure, barrels poles, ect. i do pretty much everything except english. these are some more pics of him one at show in color class, and just a few others of him doing w.e :) and faye ur horse is beautiful
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