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post #11 of 21 Old 04-24-2011, 07:16 AM
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well scars do affect placings a little bit ( depending on the size)but mostly the way they stand, trot out and their conformation. you can buy cream chalk and spray to cover up scars. i have a pony with a scar on her front leg and you cant evn tell with white spray. anyway ... if your horse is well put together and can stand and trot out nice then a scar wont disadvantage u that much
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post #12 of 21 Old 04-25-2011, 06:46 AM
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I've been told that as long as the judge can tell that it isn't making a horse lame or is likely to get infected e.c.t it shouldn't make a huge difference, though will be taken into consideration (not neccesarily a bad thing) Good luck. Love the colour btw
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post #13 of 21 Old 04-26-2011, 09:36 PM
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I live with this problem every show. My boy has a hug scare on his leg. He has never been lame on it but if I do not paint it up I have had juges say he is lame. It is larger that the other from scaring. When I keep it painted most people miss it all together.
I have had a jugde tell me my horse was lame in showmanship to have same judge place us under sadle.
So I just keep going like nothing happend knowing that I would not show my horse if something was worng with him.

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post #14 of 21 Old 04-26-2011, 09:42 PM
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LOL, I am still scrutinizing the picture and I cannot see a scar.

You've gotten good answers from everyone else but I just wanted to add that your boy should do well in halter classes. I really like his conformation. More than most world champion halter horses I see.
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post #15 of 21 Old 04-27-2011, 01:49 AM
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I don't know anything about halter, so I can't elaborate further on anything that's been said here about whether or not it effects placings, however, whether it did or not, if it were my horse I'd probably try to conceal it just to improve appearance.

Of course, I'm the sort of person who braids manes and polishes hooves for a schooling show.

Amber has collected a couple of small dings on her, mostly just roughhousing with her mares out in the field being silly. I'll probably still try to put something over them when we show.

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post #16 of 21 Old 01-21-2012, 10:45 PM
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They Shouldnt judge you on scars. They know that they are horses and accidents happen.

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post #17 of 21 Old 01-21-2012, 10:54 PM
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Very different from here in the UK where scars and lumps very deffinatly would affect you placings. Hence why in the UK for a show horse it is important for the horse to have 'clean' legs meaning no lumps, bumps, scars or scratches.

Heck I would not have even put the mare with the facescrape in the ring here in the Uk (she would have been taken home immediately as no point) and the horse with the pink bandage would not have left the yard untill fully healed as you would have been asked to leave the ring if you took him to a show here. That is how funny they can be about it over here.

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post #18 of 21 Old 01-21-2012, 11:09 PM
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My mare has a hand-sized raised scar on her hip. Something happened to her before I got her at 8 months old, but it was fully healed so there wasn't anything we could do. It looks like she got caught in barbed wire.

I don't show halter, but as a 2 year old, I took her to a show and we gave it a try. She was last to go into the ring of the Stock Horse category. She placed first out of 14 horses.

Definitely show your boy. He's got major eye appeal.

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post #19 of 21 Old 01-22-2012, 02:09 AM
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I have known several horses with scars that still do well as long as it doesn't effect their soundness.If they have the desired conformation & way of going to succeed in their class the judges will use them. The only case that the blemish may count is if the judge is placed with 2 horses he feels are equal quality but has to pic one over another it is the little things like scars that may loose out or overall presentation of the horse. I showed my mare to 2 superiors in halter & she has a large scar across her chest.
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post #20 of 21 Old 01-22-2012, 02:05 PM
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Hey, guys, you might like to know that this thread is almost a year old and the OP has been banned .
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