How to Cover Scars on a Xname Horse – 5 Easy Ways!

How to Cover Scars on a Xname Horse

Whether you want to show off or just want to gaze at the beauty of your pet, covering up little or large scars could make your head turn in the direction of your horse.

How to Cover Scars on a Xname Horse

You can try everything from face paint to boot polish, shapes show touch-up spray to mascara (if you can get the same coloring) to even hair dye.


Not all classes encourage painting scars, some are fine with not disguising the scars and leaving them the way it is and should not really be marked down in the show ring hope this helps a little.

PS: don’t forget to do a skin test first when trying any product on your horse.

When using sprays, ensure it is the right color.


You could play around with colors by mixing them. For example, you can put the black on first, and then put little amounts of brown on top or you could first spray onto a towel first, and then simply dab at the spot with the towel.

How to Cover Scars on a Xname Horse


It is against the rule of recognized USEF shows to color any part of the horse except the tail and mane. You can find this in the general rules section.

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If you’re showing your hose in M&M class, then you’re not allowed to use any form of make. It wouldn’t do much good to try and cover it.

If it’s a veteran class, then there’s no point to use it as any blemishes and scars aren’t penalized.


Because a book rule says that you’re not allowed to use makeup to fade/cover scares doesn’t mean you cannot bend the rules.

I recommend you cover it. However, you should not overdo it.

You can make it less seamless and make sure that anything used to do the covering won’t come off easily on show day.

Honestly, judges avoid touching animals but they can ask the handler to pick up legs, open lips, etc. That is rarely done though.

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Your horse should wear either a simple Pelham or Pelham or a snaffle bridle. If in a snaffle, a leather lead rein is preferable to reins but not a necessity and it really doesn’t matter at the local level.

Plus, you should wear a tweed jacket, tie, shirt, beige or light-colored trousers, and comfortable smart boots.

You can do without the jacket if the weather is really hot.

Your hair should be neat, tied back in a bun and preferably a hairnet under a hat of some form.

Lastly, you should remember to SMILE! And ENJOY yourself!

And that’s how to cover scars on an xname horse. What do you think?