Hoof Polish Trends

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  • gina_pasquini Original Poster
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    I have not shown in halter classes for about 20+ years. I just recently purchased a 2 year old TB, and plan to show him in halter next year. When I first started showing halter, in the early 80’s, the rage was black polish. By the late 80’s it was black polish for dark legs, and clear for any hoof under a white marking. By the 90’s it was clear all around, no matter what markings or color. What is the trend now? For the record, my horse is solid black with 2 white hind socks.

    keligh_boyd
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    I would got with clear.to be safe. rules are still the same.hunter types clear..

    keligh_boyd
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    I would go with clear.to be safe. rules are still the same.hunter types clear..

    sheila_austin
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    Black polish, all the way around on any hoof color.

    monica_frankbyrne
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    I would go with natural-something clear.

    monica_frankbyrne
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    We use just a conditioner typically.

    gina_pasquini Original Poster
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    Thanks, everyone!! You can’t beat good old elbow grease. I’ll buy some SOS pads, and clear hoof polish, and Tommy will shine like a star!! 🙂

    laura
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    Find the rules for wherever you are showing and see what they say about hoof polish. Breed shows especially – for example – appaloosas are not allowed anything but clear – so open app shows with classes where you can show a TB for experience, may require clear polish if any is used. always check the rules. but if the rules say nothing about polish, then go with clear all around because of the 2 white socks. no polish depends on the judges – if you know someone in the know, check to see if the judge of the day might have a preference for polished or not. this is due to the trends you mentioned, you have to keep up with them if the judges do, but if the judges don’t, then… It can be quite the mystery!

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  laura. Reason: clarify open app show versus app show with open classes - 2 diff things
    gina_pasquini Original Poster
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    Thanks, Laura. It’s always been a mystery. I always show in Open Shows, and except for when I first started and everything was painted black, I always used clear. I use the SOS pads about a two weeks prior, and just scrub their feet really good every night. By show time, when applying the clear polish, their feet would look like beautiful wood. I personally prefer this look, and on dark horses, except for white sox, their feet would look super dark anyway. Sometimes it looked like they had black polish on.

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