Can I Get Rid of Scar Discoloration?

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Can I Get Rid of Scar Discoloration?

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    06-24-2014, 06:07 PM
Can I Get Rid of Scar Discoloration?

I have a dapple gray/white quarter horse, he has gotten A LOT of scars over the years. The scratches have healed on the skin but the coat color is black instead of white. This does not look good in my opinion for showing. Is there anyway I could bleach or dye these spots a different color? Any suggestions will help.
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    06-24-2014, 07:11 PM
As far as I know, no there is no way to lighten the hair to make it match the rest of him. If he was entirely white otherwise, I would suggest animal safe paint or baby powder but since he's dappled, it would be very hard to match his coat color and not be really obvious.

I didn't think judges were supposed to count against you for scars. After all, it's not like we can completely keep horses from hurting themselves one way or another.
    06-24-2014, 11:19 PM
^I think it depends on the discipline? I could be wrong.
    06-24-2014, 11:38 PM
If it's dark spots, I'd experiment at home with baby powder. It's a lot like concealer and you might have some success. I don't think that "battle" scars will hurt you in the show ring. =D
    06-25-2014, 07:00 PM
Seconding baby powder. It's not perfect, but I knew someone who had a light gray Percheron who attacked my friend's gypsy stallion and got the absolute crap beaten out of him. He healed black and looked like some kind of weird appy afterward. I think baby powder worked moderately well for them, and if that doesn't work you can try ground up white chalk. If you're having trouble getting it to stick to his coat you might brush on some baby oil first to adhere it to the hairs.
    06-26-2014, 10:59 AM
Shapley's Show Touch Up:

Practice at home to determine just how much to apply. It's generally better to focus on reducing the impact rather than covering the spot completely; too much paint can draw more attention to the spots because it won't have the same shine as the rest of his hair.

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