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    01-02-2012, 12:07 AM
  #11
Foal
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Originally Posted by OuttatheBlue    
Congrats on the new horse!! :) I have a faded gray paint (basically ALL white), be ready to wash your horse a LOT.

To keep my horse white in the winter- he has a winter blanket, I normally keep his tail wrapped up with vet-wrap, I brush him on regular occasions and that's it. I don't obsess with him being perfectly white, and most days he isn't.

In the summer (my show season) it is a lot easier to bath, but more work. After every ride I hose him off (no shampoo, and he's usually sweaty anyways so it's a win-win). Day before the show I do most of the prep, I wash him with a whitening shampoo (Quick Silver works wonders) really concentrating on those stained spots, but making sure to shampoo all over. I leave the shampoo in for about 10 minutes on his mane, tail and any spots.
After he is all rinsed off, I start on the tail and spray with a cowboy magic and a leave in whitener. After it's brushed and silky, I braid it and put it into a tail bag. Then I clean his face, he HATES water around his face, so I get a soaking wet rag and use that first on his face to get major dirt. I use a rag full of leave in whitener after to give it that 'glow'.
After I'm done with all of that he's usually dry enough to do stuff like clipping, braiding/banding mane. Then I put on a sleezy (it will be your best friend!), a lightweight blanket and make sure his stall is 110% clean with LOTS of fresh bedding! My horse has a run attached to his stall, but I always keep him in just the stall the day before just so he doesn't rip his sleezy or have a horse rip his blanket. I also add extra hay to hopefully keep him busy enough he won't want to roll.
In the morning the next day I get up early to do touch ups, and always plan on washing his legs again so they get that special glow. Make sure you leave enough time for the legs to dry though!

Have fun with your new horse, be prepared for lots of baths!
Awesome tips!! :) I have a mostly white appaloosa but lucky for me he stays so clean! Lol its like he's stain resistant ;) now my paint gelding, totally a stain magnet. Haha

What kind of Leave-In whitener do you use OuttatheBlue?
     
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    01-02-2012, 12:08 AM
  #12
Foal
What is OK and I live in minnesota if that's a different place
     
    01-02-2012, 12:09 AM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by PalominoOwner    
what about shipping boots
I have never had to use shipping boots for my horse, he is calm in the trailer and never had any issues. For short rides, I think most horses are fine without. For longer trailer rides they are more useful, especially if you have a nervous horse.

That said, my friends horse ALWAYS goes in shipping boots and bell boots. Even if it's just a 10 minute drive. She wears shoes on both front and back feet, and has a habit of clipping herself during trailer rides as well as being overall accident prone.
     
    01-02-2012, 12:13 AM
  #14
Trained
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Originally Posted by PalominoOwner    
what is OK and I live in minnesota if that's a different place
OK is Oklahoma, so you might check your tack stores up there in MN and see what they carry. The Roux Rinses I buy either at Walmart or Sally's Beauty Supply. Walmart seems to run out of the White Minx on a regular basis, tells me all those jokes about blue haired Baptist ladies down here in the south are true.
     
    01-02-2012, 12:16 AM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
You can order W.O.W. On line through Healing Tree, that's how I get mine. Not a single shop I've been in out here in OK carries the products. WOW® Sustained Equine Action Whitener, Natural Color Restorer, and Green Spot Remover
Thank you for that link! That was my all time favorite whitener, I was so sad when I ran out because I couldn't make a one hour trip for a $20 product!

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Originally Posted by TheMadHatter    
Awesome tips!! :) I have a mostly white appaloosa but lucky for me he stays so clean! Lol its like he's stain resistant ;) now my paint gelding, totally a stain magnet. Haha

What kind of Leave-In whitener do you use OuttatheBlue?
Haha, I think there's something about paints that makes them get extra dirty! W.O.W. Is an EXCELLENT leave in whitener! But for this last year I've been using Cowboy magic whitener (can't remember the technical name) and it's been doing pretty well. With cowboy magic you just have to make sure to use it after you brush/bath all of the dirt off, otherwise it has a habit of just dulling the area (more of like an off-white than a OMGOSH that's white! White)
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    01-02-2012, 08:47 AM
  #16
Started
I like to use GOOP in the mane and tail. But I always follow with a conditioner.
     
    01-02-2012, 09:41 AM
  #17
Weanling
If your horse isn't sensitive, you can also use any laundry detergent that is blue. It's the bluing agent that really cleans them up. Listerine or vinegar diluted can also help to remove pesky stains on the hocks.

Beyond a lot of baths, it's all elbow grease. I rarely miss a day of currying (mostly because I am blessed with a horse who loves to bury his head in mud). I sheet Primo all year long, fly sheet on the hottest days, rug with neck/belly cover in winter. It helps.

My routine before an event is to do a major wash the day before with bluing agent (I prefer whisk), letting it sit on his legs while I wash the rest. Then the next morning he gets another wash on this legs and belly with the bluing agent as he always creates just enough poop in the few hours I'm not there to cover his hind legs. We're always sparkly clean.

I highly recommend wrapping with quilts and standing wraps, safer and you can put them on the night before to help keep legs clean. Also, tail wrap in the trailer, be sure it's white or won't bleed in color, nothing like stepping off the trailer with a green tail.

     
    01-02-2012, 02:07 PM
  #18
Banned
If your like me and can't really afford any fancy products.. what I do on a white horse up my yard who LOVES to roll is when I bathe him I take the normal shampoo (or washing up liquid which I found out works BETTER) and squeeze in like half a lemon, lemon juice can bleach out marks on anything (people do it to fabrics I think?). I then scrub and I f the still refuse to come out. Putting a little bit of baby oil in with the lemon juice can make the dirt slip and brush of easier and theres an ingredient in it which reacts to a certain type of metal found in a lot of earths which can help strip it right out too..

Hope I helped(:
     
    01-02-2012, 05:25 PM
  #19
Foal
This is my boy...it's super fun to get him ready for shows since he has random brown blotches!





I use Orvis, Dawn soap, Mane N Tail Whitener, Cowboy Magic...sometimes all in one grooming session (he lives in the pasture most of the time)! I use baby powder and Shapleys Show Touch Up on show day in case he has any blemishes (he's notorious around the barn for mysteriously cutting himself the day before a show).

One thing that I've learned is to wash his mane and tail out at least once a week. I use the Vetrolin Whitening and Mane N Tail Whitener combined. That has a tendency to turn yellow and can't be reversed in only one session. So regular maintenance on that has made all the difference. It's purple so make sure you wear gloves!

Congrats on the new horse!
     
    01-02-2012, 07:45 PM
  #20
Weanling
LOL I have a perlino...or at least I did....he's cream and dried mud right now
     

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