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    09-26-2009, 02:14 AM
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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    09-26-2009, 02:47 AM
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 :)
    09-26-2009, 05:18 AM
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
    09-27-2009, 09:37 AM
Green Broke
I have never heard of doing this but it sounds fun!!! Anyone have pics?? What kind of shows would you do this at?
    09-28-2009, 07:59 AM
Ive seen it done at hack shows, led classes and sometimes in dressage.

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

    09-28-2009, 09:08 AM
That's cute!
    09-30-2009, 01:36 AM
Green Broke
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!
    09-30-2009, 01:40 AM
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? "

Forgive my blondeness. LOL. Learn something new every day.
    09-30-2009, 01:55 PM
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.
    09-30-2009, 03:40 PM
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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