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post #1 of 13 Old 10-13-2013, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Re-dying nylon halters

I had no idea it could be done. Anyone else done it? No me, at least not nylon. The recipe is one large pot of at least two gal. Bring to boil before adding halters. Add a bottle of RIT dye, not the powder and stir well, moving and lifting the halters. Boil for 10 min with a little stirring and lifting, then allow to cool and rinse well. This is very drying on leather so it should be removed. Hang to dry and you now have nice looking halters again. Dark halters should be re-dyed with dark colors and the lighter one need to go a little darker. There is no lightening the colors.
If any one has done this a few pics would be nice.
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post #2 of 13 Old 10-13-2013, 08:57 PM
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I would be afraid the first time it got wet my horse would be another color.
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I forgot a key ingredient - Salt, 1/2 cup is added to the very hot water to set the dye. Sorry. When one posts it doesn't always show up immediately so couldn't edit it in, then got busy.
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Honestly-by the time you buy the dye, and take into account your time-I would just buy a new halter. Nylon halters are pretty inexpensive, and, like I said-last thing I would want is to find my horse with w blue, red, purple or pink blaze!

They tens to not only dafe, but get a bit raggedy on the edges. Yet another reason to pitch it and pay the $15 for a new one.
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^^^ agreed (even though I still use them when they're ragged anyway)
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Yeah, by the time it's all said and done I'd rather just buy a new halter in the color I want. Unless I had a whole mess of dull nylon halters that I could use the same dye on... but I'm not trying to outfit an entire barn in matching halters here!
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It would be fun to try it with a new white or off white halter and see if you could get a custom dye job in tie dye or something else! Cool idea.

I think if you throw the halter in the wash after you do it and before you put it on your horse any extra dye will rinse off and wouldn't rub off on your horse and you would be fine.
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The salt sets the dye but when cool it must be rinsed well. My horses keep their halters until they are in shreds. They are seldom worn but I'm too frugal to spring for new ones until absolutely necessary.
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The salt sets the dye but when cool it must be rinsed well. My horses keep their halters until they are in shreds. They are seldom worn but I'm too frugal to spring for new ones until absolutely necessary.
Mine too... but I think that the cost of the dye, etc would unfortunately exceed the cost of getting a new $10 halter :/ Chicks saddlery is having a pretty good sale right now :P
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We can't get halters that cheap in Canada. The cheapies aren't very popular because of the crappy hardware. My favorites are the Hamiltons, double thick yet soft.
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