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post #1 of 7 Old 10-01-2020, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Hoof Black

My horse has two white coronet bands, causing two of his hooves to be white. I am showing him this weekend and was wondering if I hoof black all four, or only the two black hooves.
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-01-2020, 02:29 PM
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When I showed in 4-H we only blacked hooves that were black and clear coated or oiled white hooves. The last show I went to (last year) a local open show no one blacked hooves most were just clean. Check with our 4-H leader to see what the norm is now
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-01-2020, 02:57 PM
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I have never used hoof-black, only hoof-clear. I'm not sure what the current trend is, but I do recall using hoof-black once on my horse at our first show, and he looked absolutely ridiculous. Despite having black hooves, he has always looked better with hoof-clear.

Of course ask 4-H leaders/lesson instructors/etc on what they want you to do, but I prefer using hoof-clear at this point in my showing career.

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post #4 of 7 Old 10-01-2020, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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This is not a 4H show but a buckskin show.
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-01-2020, 05:43 PM
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Since the black points are a thing in buckskins, I would go ahead and black all the hooves. You could black just the hooves with black coronets, but it would look weird I think to not do this to all four feet for the dramatic black point affect. It would just be distracting. But I don't show so what do I know?
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-01-2020, 05:50 PM
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If you paint something on remember to remove it completely after the show, not just think it will wear off...
Sealing the hoof can inbalance the moisture of the hoof and create all kinds of issues...

On a personal note...
I wouldn't bother but presenting a pristine clean hoof to be seen.
You will be showing in a ring of sand, clay, dirt or some form of cushioning the hoof sinks into and if what was applied is at all wet, damp, sticky you have a ugly mess on the feet.
So the horse has black and white hooves...more something often seen in "buckskin" characteristic horses..

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post #7 of 7 Old 10-01-2020, 08:08 PM
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I would look at the organization/breed rules especially if you are doing halter or showmanship. When I did local level I clear coated the white hooves and blacked black hooves, I also put baby powder on the white parts of his legs. When I did parades I blacked all the hooves. When I did AQHA I blacked the hooves, sprayed the legs, vasolined around the eyes and the nose, put the tail in and pepi'd like crazy! Now I'm doing ranch horse stuff and it's so much easier as far as show turn out... I have not done a live buckskin show yet so I haven't seen what they do at them.
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