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post #1 of 9 Old 01-20-2013, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Hoof Paint

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Do you paint your horses hooves before a show (halter/showmanship)? With an equine approved hoof paint of course.

If yes, if your horse has different color hooves, do you use paint the same color as the hooves, or choose one color (clear or black) and paint all 4 the same color?

Our mare has 3 black hooves and one white hoof and I always go back and forth over whether we should paint all 4 black, or 3 black and one clear... My trainer has given me different answers on different days, so I was hoping to get some feedback from other horse show enthusiasts.

BTW: We show at local open shows, 4H, and youth AQHA if that makes a difference. (Halter, SMS, HUS, WP, Trail).

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We only do the feet at Regionals/Nationals. For local shows, we just make sure the feet are nice and clean.

I do clear unless the horse is black or dark bay. If the horse has white markings or white on the hooves, they get clear. If it's a halter horse, it gets clear regardless (that's an actual rule for Arab shows...no hoof black on a halter horse).

I prefer clear overall, actually. I've never been a big fan of hoof black. BUT, I know for other circuits, it's very common and "in" there.
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Acey is a red dun foundation bred QH. She has one white sock on her left hind foot, but otherwise her legs are red.
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post #4 of 9 Old 01-21-2013, 04:10 PM
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I was curious about this as well. I'm show hunters, hopefully up to the A level this year and I've always done clear as my horse has white/striped hooves. This year though my new horse has all black hooves and no white markings. Should I stick with clear or go black?
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I paint my horses hooves before any show. I like them best all black because his hoofs aren't all the same colour, it just evens it out better. :) The thing is I ALWAYS do it the night before so that way, I can look a little more natural.
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post #6 of 9 Old 01-25-2013, 12:08 PM
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I was curious about this as well. I'm show hunters, hopefully up to the A level this year and I've always done clear as my horse has white/striped hooves. This year though my new horse has all black hooves and no white markings. Should I stick with clear or go black?
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I would personally paint them black still just because its more even looking.
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-25-2013, 06:30 PM
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I do A circuit stuff and we just use oil. We take a stiff brush to their feet before they go in the ring and a quick paint with the oil.
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post #8 of 9 Old 01-26-2013, 01:37 PM
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Only at big shows. A product like Ultra Hoof Polish will give a nice shine to a clean hoof.
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-26-2013, 04:37 PM
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Thanks, I wanted to be sure my horse is turned out as best as I can = ) The ultra clear stuff I do have and the oil. Not that it'll probably matter anyways since I'm always cursed to show in the rain!
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