How To: Breyer Horse Restoration-Touchups on a Bay Horse

At some point we all end up with a model or two in our collection that might have been played with a bit and has some rubs and marks. This is very common for Breyer horses. Those of you that were at Golden Oak Stables’ workshop day in August may have seen me doing touch-ups on a few horses there. This is very simple to do with a little practice!

For this project you’ll need.

  • Acrylic Paint
  • Water
  • Paper towels
  • Breyer horse
  • Paint Brush
  • Q-tips


You’ll first want to clean your horse really well with water to get any dirt off, you want the cleanest canvas possible to start your project on.


Once your horse is clean you can begin to work with the paint. For this dark bay horse I only used two colors, a medium/dark brown and a black. By using acrylic its completely washable if you should mess up. Mix a color that you think is closest to the color that your horse is. When you do have that color, start putting a light layer of paint down withe either your paintbrush or Q-tip. You’ll find one that works best, for this project Q-tips worked best for me. Your first layer might be too light, if you can see white still through the paint put down a second layer.


Moving onto the ears and nostrils are some of the most common places for rubs to occur. On a dark bay horse these places will most likely be black. Using the black I began to put the color on the nostril as well as the ear tips lightly.


Here you can see where the black on the eartips are. They still need to be blended in with a bit of brown on the opposite side so that it isn’t noticeable where you have painted the horse. Using the Q-tip blend these colors together so that the black line you see evens out.


Once you’ve touched up the places that are needed let your horse dry completely. As you can see here, he’s almost done!


The ear tips and nostrils look brand new, you can barely tell that they ever had rubs!


This example of a Breyer still has a few spots on him that need removed. These are white and black marks that are on top of the paint, not through the paint. These are very common too. Next week we’ll go over how to get those off and turn this guy into the handsome boy he once was!
Good luck!


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