November 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm
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.November 21, 2013 at 9:44 amkeligh_boydTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 2
I would got with clear.to be safe. rules are still the same.hunter types clear..November 21, 2013 at 9:45 amkeligh_boydTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 2
I would go with clear.to be safe. rules are still the same.hunter types clear..November 21, 2013 at 9:45 amsheila_austinTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 1
Black polish, all the way around on any hoof color.November 21, 2013 at 10:08 ammonica_frankbyrneTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 2
I would go with natural-something clear.November 21, 2013 at 10:09 ammonica_frankbyrneTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 2
We use just a conditioner typically.November 21, 2013 at 10:15 am
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!! 🙂November 21, 2013 at 10:25 amlauraTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 1
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!
November 21, 2013 at 11:04 am
- This reply was modified 4 years ago by laura. Reason: clarify open app show versus app show with open classes - 2 diff things
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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