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post #21 of 23 Old 05-07-2013, 06:08 PM
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This is what I take as the breed show norm:

1. Halter horse hooves always are black, no matter the natural color.
2. All white socks on a performance horse are natural/clear colored.
3. Any black hooves then all are painted black.
4. Stripey hooves can go either way.
5. Trend preference. If you want to be trendy and put black on white socks for a performance horse, you can, but you are at risk for hilighting the movement of the legs - for good or for bad. Putting black polish on white socks always runs the risk of drawing the judge's eye to the leg and enhances what leg movement they have.

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post #22 of 23 Old 05-07-2013, 06:55 PM
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It's really up to you. The only time (that I know of) that there are rules for it is in appaloosa showing, where the polish has to be clear to show off the hoof striping as it's a breed trait. Many paint (APHA) show with black hoof polish on horses with completely white legs. It really is personal preference, and what you want to highlight though.

For instance, if your horse has really nice straight legs and you want the judge notice, put on black. If not or you want it more subtle, put on clear. I personally don't like black polish on chestnut or other lightish colours (ones without a black base/black legs) even if they have dark/grey hooves, as it looks too fake to me. However I think a loud black and white pinto looks sharp with black hooves. Same with a bay with strong dark points and even socks. It makes to notice the legs.

If I had a horse that had (a) sock(s) with ermine spots on it, I'd be partial to clear polish as I like the striped look the spots give.

Just whatever you do, if your horse has socks on some feet but not others, do NOT put black on the dark hooves and clear on the light. It just makes things look uneven and strange.
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post #23 of 23 Old 05-07-2013, 09:40 PM
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If your horse has white socks and any flaw at all in his legs it will draw all the attention to them.

Also, I worked at a QH show barn and the owner was actually a judge. She said nothing looks worse in the show ring then black polish on horses with white socks. We actually would do black on the black hooves and clear on the white foot even if it was only one white foot. It just looks so much better and doesn't draw attention to any flaws.
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