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    I was looking through a photo album of my moms and she had some pictures of horses with checkerboard pattern on its rump. I asked her what it ment and she did not know does anyone know what it means?? Or is it just a decoration they only do for certain classes??

    TIA
    Author of COTH article "The Other Side of Aaron Vale"

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    I don't think they do this much in the hunter world anymore but they do it in eventing sometimes for the dressage phase. In fact it is not just checkerboards but other things as well. Sometimes national symbols during the WEG or Olympics. Supposed to show of the horse's hind quarters. They are generally called, "quarter marks."

    I have done them a couple of times but they are easy to mess up as I have a tendency to pat my horse's rear sometimes!

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    • #3
      They were put on to show off a well groomed and well formed hindquarter. Kind of out of fashion on hunters these days though you will occassionaly see them.

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      • #4
        Actually the checkerboard is making a resurgence in the hunter world. You will see some these days at the bigger shows and in Derby classes, etc. Nice to see the attention to fancy grooming for big events.
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          #5
          Do you use hair spray to do the pattern on the rump??
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          • #6
            HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT IT lOOKED VERY COOL ~

            HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT THE CHECKERBOARD LOOKED VERY COOL !!!
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            • #7
              No reason you can't, findlymine. Back in the day, we used a solution of sugar and water, applied with a sponge and combed with a piece of cheap plastic human hair comb cut to size. Nowadays they make stencils you can use.

              The patterns are big in eventing, 'tis true, but every so often you'll see an "outbreak" at the big shows. A lot of the kids use clippers to clip the pattern in nowadays, I believe. I still like seeing it!
              "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief

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                I think it would be cool to do it!!!! I am trying to dress up my derby horse up that I hope to qualify for derby finals in new york
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by findlymine View Post
                  I think it would be cool to do it!!!! I am trying to dress up my derby horse up that I hope to qualify for derby finals in new york
                  Cool, I'd say go for it! Word to the wise, though, practice on an off day or several, before you head into the ring for real!
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                    We used hairspray and made the pattern with a small clipper blade,( not attached to the clippers)
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                    Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival,Scholarships and College Fair
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                    • #11
                      Ronnie Mutch used to stencil on a hunting horn at Nimrod.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by chunky munky View Post
                        Ronnie Mutch used to stencil on a hunting horn at Nimrod.
                        Haha that's awesome!

                        A few years ago on here there was a great thread with kids posting pics of the designs they'd done for WEF. I love it!
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                        • #13
                          I always thought that shark tooth quarter marks looked best. Also I've seen some "quilting" pattered quarter marks on TB's before that looked real cool.

                          http://www.flickr.com/photos/35377861@N07/3846941177

                          Best example I could find of both the quilted mark and the shark teeth.

                          I always wetted the haunches and then brushed the hair down to create the pattern. The clipper blades are what I've always used but in a pinch I've found that the brushes on hoof picks work very well for creating checkerboard patterns. Nice even squares without cheating with the stencils, lol. Sealing it with a non-glossy hair spray works well. Setting sprays work well too.
                          Originally posted by barka.lounger
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                          h/j riders are used to bending over, every.time they pay their.show bills at the office. event.ers not so mu.ch.

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                          • #14
                            I saw a rump with a checkerboard quarter mark in a (either non-graded or G III) stakes race on TVG the other day!
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                            • #15
                              I've always thought those were cool. Just that little extra something to show off a careful & thorough job by the grooms.

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                              • #16
                                This is how I do mine.

                                Take a wet stiff brush, and brush the hair on the hind quarters the way it grows. Smooth over some hair gel very lightly. Take the stencil and have someone hold it. Brush the hair DOWN with the stiff brush.

                                You don't need the hair gel, but if you think you might accidentally rub it, go ahead and use it. Hair spray, in my opinion, can get flaky and dull looking when it dries, so I try to steer clear.

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                                • #17
                                  My show hunter is sporting a checker board. Although it's clipped in, it's pretty subtle because he was not body-clipped this winter--very shiny and very good bum. I think checker boards are WAY cool, but I'm old school like that

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                                  • #18
                                    Extremely healthy horses tend to develop slight "dapples". Especially darker horses. The templates used to backbrush the hair were to show the judge a beautifully "healthy" robust horse.

                                    I never did it.

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                                    • #19
                                      I do this for every show....I think it looks retro and cool I used to do it "back in the day", and like to keep things old school.
                                      I just wet a brush with water, brush over the rump area to get it wet, then use my cheapo plastic comb from the $ store, that I cut to about a 1.5" width. I start with the top row, spacing the width of the comb, in between the squares. Then drop down to the second row, and just alternate the squares, continuing on in this fashion, until reaching the bottom, with just one square. I usually do 4 rows, starting with 4 squares, then 3, and so on. Here are some pics:

                                      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...830065&theater

                                      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...830065&theater

                                      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...830065&theater

                                      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...830065&theater

                                      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...830065&theater

                                      All it takes is a little practice, and you get used to "eyeballing" it. If you mess us, just brush over it with the wet brush, and start again......kind of like Etch-a Sketch Hope this helps!
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by chunky munky View Post
                                        We used hairspray and made the pattern with a small clipper blade,( not attached to the clippers)
                                        We used clipper blades and hairspray also. Last year COTH had an article on quarter marks, and great pictures of special designs various eventers use. Sharks teeth were especially popular on eventers but the checkerboard quartermarks are still my favorite.

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