I have never shown before but next week will be helping my riding instructor show a welsh pony and a standardbred. I would like to know how you get the checkers or stripes on their butts. I think they are called quarter markings.
Yeah you can use stencils, they come in heaps of different patterns. You can also use a small square fine toothed comb. Different patterns highlight different features and can either make the horses hindquarters look better or worse. I suggest playing around with different types at home to see what works best. Theres heaps of different patterns on google.
Edit: spraying them with a spray used for plaiting will help keep them looking nice throughout the day
They were popular with hunters way way back in the day and I HEAR they're getting to be popular again in the A circuit (particularly in the derby field). They're supposed to accentuate a nice bottom. :) And if I remember correctly there are a few patterns that are "traditional"- checkers, triangles, and maybe stripes? And I THINK the different patterns were used for particular horses. Like the triangles were for green horses? Checkers were for geldings or something? I don't remember the details! But there are some really cool designs out there these days!
I have always wondered what this was for. I went to an Arab show a few years back and a lot of the dressage competitors were doing this. I haven't seen it at any of the h/j shows yet but I heard it was making a comeback too.