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PostSubject: Hooves...Painted or natural?   Hooves...Painted or natural? Icon_minitimeThu Jul 22, 2010 10:41 am

I have always had black horses and have always painted their feet black...

Now I have two horses with light hooves I am wondering if I should just gloss them or blacken them?

What do you think looks better?

Im in two minds...I think they look good with black hooves but i tend to get it up their legs!
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PostSubject: Re: Hooves...Painted or natural?   Hooves...Painted or natural? Icon_minitimeFri Jul 23, 2010 6:45 am

Ahh this is an age old debate! Only recently saw it pop up on another forum too.

If the horse has striped hooves, or any mix of black and white hooves, I black them all. In my opinion, black hooves always look neater and give a "finished" appearance. Striped/odd coloured hooves can also sometimes give the illusion of uneven gaits (same reason dressage riders and hackies prefer horses with even white markings or none at all).

But if they have all white, then sand them back lightly and gloss them. Black hooves on a horse that has naturally all white hooves tends to look out of place because the horse probably has extensive white markings.

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PostSubject: Re: Hooves...Painted or natural?   Hooves...Painted or natural? Icon_minitimeFri Jul 23, 2010 12:46 pm

Just had a look before and they both are defiantly all white hooves.... So looks like I will be cracking out the sanding paper...Got that sounds weird.

"oh hey im just going to sand the horses feet" LOL

Looks like I need to get some gloss before the next show.... hmmm
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I tend to black them all. I think it looks neater.
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PostSubject: Re: Hooves...Painted or natural?   Hooves...Painted or natural? Icon_minitimeWed Jul 28, 2010 6:22 am

I too paint black dark and stripped hooves. If they are white then sanded and clear gloss looks best.
I believe that a horse should be shown at it's best not made into something that it's not.
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PostSubject: Re: Hooves...Painted or natural?   Hooves...Painted or natural? Icon_minitimeWed Jul 28, 2010 4:21 pm

aliasmel wrote:
So looks like I will be cracking out the sanding paper...

Nooooo, don't use sandpaper, go to Bunnings and get one of those spongey sanding blocks. They are easier to hold than the paper alone, and they mould well to the horse's hoof compared to the rigid sanding blocks. Best thing ever!

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PostSubject: Re: Hooves...Painted or natural?   Hooves...Painted or natural? Icon_minitimeThu Jul 29, 2010 2:01 am

hmm oh yeah I have tons of those sanding blocks here..... For my model horses Razz im sure they wont mind if I steal one from their collection LOL
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