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post #1 of 24 Old 09-26-2009, 01:14 AM Thread Starter
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butt checkers

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.

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post #2 of 24 Old 09-26-2009, 01:47 AM
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We did this at work, but with maple leaves. Just get a stencil, wet the brush, and brush the hair the wrong way over the stencil. Easy as pie :)
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post #3 of 24 Old 09-26-2009, 04:18 AM
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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
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post #4 of 24 Old 09-27-2009, 08:37 AM
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I have never heard of doing this but it sounds fun!!! Anyone have pics?? What kind of shows would you do this at?

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post #5 of 24 Old 09-28-2009, 06:59 AM
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Ive seen it done at hack shows, led classes and sometimes in dressage.

Here are a few pics, they arn't mine.

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that's cute!

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post #7 of 24 Old 09-30-2009, 12:36 AM
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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!
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post #8 of 24 Old 09-30-2009, 12:40 AM
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Haha, when I first saw this thread, my first thought was " What are they checking the butts for? Are they checking people butts or horse butts? "

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post #9 of 24 Old 09-30-2009, 12:55 PM
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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.
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post #10 of 24 Old 09-30-2009, 02:40 PM
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They are popular at Events. I wouldn't use them in the Hunter Ring at all, nor Dressage. Jumpers is acceptable.

You can buy a package of them from your tack store. I have a package of 5. They are great fun.

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