Am I the only one who *doesn't* like them? I find them incredibly distracting, even the cool and artistic ones. I know they are supposed to enhance a well muscled and shaped rump, but to me it makes them looke warped.
Maybe I'm warped?
I personally would much rather see only the lovely slick shine and glimmer of a well cared for coat than the designs brushed into it.
But then, I'm one of the few who doesn't care for decorated browbands either. A brass clincher is about as gaudy as I'd go for, and I don't even have that!
I like them a lot, but nothing gaudy please--just the traditional bars across the croup and some shark's teeth. Spare me the flowers, flags, pirate symbols, oy vey! They should enhance, not distract. They need to be proportional to the horse, and just catch the eye but not make you stare.
And the horse had danged well better GLEAM everywhere else. Putting quarter marks on a scruffy horse is about as silly as braiding one.
Saje- I am with you on all of it. I saw a palamino with a lightning bolt clipped into his quarter last weekend and had to stifle my giggle- lest I offend one of the hunting Gods of the Midland Hounds.
And dont get me started on sparkly browbands, spurs, etc. I prefer my horse to attract attention because she is lovely, clean, well turned out, and hopefully behaving, not because she sparkles like a lady of the Jersey shore.
LOVE them.........when they are done well! My favorite is three vertical lines and sharks teeth (though I still have a hard time perfecting the sharksteeth) OR a "v" and teeth. Most of the patters for checker boards are too big, and overwhelm. I'm a bit neurotic, so mine are braided EVERY show and have quarter marks for dressage and SJ. I do them for XC at three days
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And is there a how-to for these things? Heather Morris does the sharks tooth. I really like that one.
I have a plain bay and he would look nice with them I think. His haunch is big enough that he wouldn't look stupid. Nothing like showing off a butt that is underdeveloped. lol
There's a couple in my post above.
Basically what you do is take a damp brush and brush against the hair to make it fluff up in the shape you want. For checker boards, dampen the hair with a brush or sponge, the use a bit of plastic comb cut to the size you want the squares to brush against the hair. Takes a bit of practice to find out what works best for your horse, but it's fairly simple once you get the hang of it.