So Soft Ponies are flocked ponies whose cutie mark symbols are rather muted behind their flocking. With a “furry” appearance, So-Softs suffer a lot of breakdown of the flocking over the years and some collectors strip the ponies of this to reveal their rich colours underneath. Doing so degrades the value of the pony and if not careful can erase the cutie mark and eye paint of the pony. Some ponies had non So-Soft version as well, such as Cherries Jubilee and Lickety-Split. Others had unique poses not seen in other ponies such as the “rearing” pose of Truly in which the pony came with a clear base to stand her on.
Deflocking of Hippity Hop with Acetone nail polish remover. While not difficult, the process is time consuming and in this case has removed some of her cutie mark but shows the marked contrast of colour between the flocked and deflocked versions.