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        10-31-2013, 10:29 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    You could use scissors instead of clipping. Idk how closely they look in the hunter ring but it usually looks the same ime.
         
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        11-01-2013, 08:23 AM
      #22
    Trained
    Thanks all :) I forgot to apologize lol but oh well, doesn't matter.

    We placed in the rider class but not in any of the other classes but that's fine because she was only going for the exposure anyway and her behaviour was beyond impeccable!

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        11-01-2013, 08:37 AM
      #23
    Green Broke
    Wow, she looked BEAUTIFUL.

    I didn't know she had socks. Some judges don't like "hoof black" put on the hooves with horses with socks because it looks too unnatural. I would have stuck with clear or what I was going to tell you, but then noticed by your last post that I was too late is I don't even use it. I use a super shiny hairspray...it looks just as good, looks natural on the hooves of white socks and it only takes water to remove so it is far less drying and damaging. Plus if any specks of dust get in you just rinse and re spray.
         
        11-01-2013, 08:43 AM
      #24
    Started
    I've always just sanded and use clear hoof polish. I'm one of those who isn't a fan of making all hooves black for the very reason mentioned above. Plus I show Arabs and it's illegal to do that anyway.
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        11-01-2013, 09:20 AM
      #25
    Trained
    Thanks guys :)

    Hoof black is the done thing for show hacks so it did count against us that I didn't black her feet but that doesn't bother me. Next time she'll be blacked. I feel like it looks smarter and depending on the brand of hoof black you get, some of them aren't that bad for the feet.

    She's only a show hack on a temporary basis, for exposure, until she's old enough for dressage [she's 37 months, they have to be 42 months before they're allowed to compete in dressage comps here and four years old before they can compete in pony club competitions of any discipline], but that doesn't mean we're not going to make the effort!
         
        11-01-2013, 09:29 AM
      #26
    Started
    She is beautiful!! I am so glad she had a good show!!

    Nancy
         
        11-01-2013, 11:35 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    She looks wonderful! Beautiful turnout braid or no. Stupid rules that they will take points off for a healthy beautiful and cared for horse but I guess that's showing lol. Since you're just going for the exposure don't even worry about it. I'm glad you had a good time.
         
        11-02-2013, 01:38 AM
      #28
    Trained
    Thanks :) she's so lovely. I couldn't be prouder. Her behaviour was so good and she tried so hard for me, she just didn't have the strength to hold her frame for more than four strides at a time and that's fine because she's a baby! And I just want to say a big shoutout to my parents for all their help, I couldn't have done it without them. Dad didn't stick around because he had to work but he's the one who trailered Magic to and from the show and his help and support over the past several years has been great, even though my parents are divorced and I live with Mum. And Mum... well, she sewed up probably 2/3 of the mane braids because I didn't have time, stuck around and took photos, and helped me stay relaxed. Which in turn helped Magic stay relaxed.

    Re her turnout, I'm not quite happy with it, I'd have liked to do a better job of it, but time was a factor and because I'm not very experienced with turning horses out for the hack ring I'm REALLY slow at it. Her quartermarks were quick and rushed, will be better next time, and I don't think I rinsed her off properly after washing her because she wasn't as shiny as she was beforehand. I really wish I had hoof black and that I'd had time to sew all her braids myself, and that I'd pulled her mane rather than just cutting it because then the braids would have been a bit less... enormous. This showing business is expensive hahaha I can't wait to go back to my lovely familiar easy and relatively cheap showjumping!
         

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