April 2, 2010, Newsletter Issue #372: Applying Hoof Polish For Shows

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If you want to give the polish a better adherance, then use a fine sandpaper to lightly remove the stains caused from manure and past arena surfaces. Once sanded, use cotton soaked in nailpolish remover to remove the dust particles. Then use soap and water to remove the polish remover. Allow the hooves to dry thoroughly (overnight) before applying the polish. For an added gloss in painting the feet, apply a coat of clear hoof gloss over top of the black gloss, once the black gloss has had time to thoroughly dry first. Always paint white hooves with the clear, even if they are two or multistriped. Apply black to the black areas, and clear to the white areas. This really does present a more natural effect.

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