can you dye a horses coat???

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    11-26-2009, 07:22 PM
can you dye a horses coat???

Is it possible to use hair dye on your horses coat? I have a black horse that's never been fully black,she has brown on the edges of her mane and tail and on her back.i know you can dye her mane and tail but how would I dye her coat?also would I use just regular black hair dye for people or is there some special horse dye???thnx!
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    11-26-2009, 08:21 PM
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You can dye a horses coat but I wouldn't suggest it because you always run the risk of an allergic reaction and you could burn his skin, plus it would take a ton of dye and it would be hard to ensure that it was even.

I would do one of those supplements like Black as Night or you can use a shampoo for dark horses that really helps out a lot. The issue may be that he's not a "true black" which means he'll fade in the sun. You can also cover him with a flysheet in the summer that has neck protection, it will keep him from fading....
    11-26-2009, 08:30 PM
What horse shampoos work??? I don't have that much money for black as knight the black as knight horse shampoos work???
    11-26-2009, 09:24 PM
I would use the shampoo. I have dyed a horse before as part of a halloween costume but I wouldn't recommend it just because you want to get rid of some brown in the mane or tail. She probably is a fading black, in which case fly sheet and making sure that you hose her off after you ride so she doesn't bleach out as well as using the shampoo are your best bets to keeping her as dark as possible. If she has a lighter muzzle, and or ears, then she isn't even black, she's just a very dark bay. I've heard that the Horse Sense Black Magic (I believe that's the name) is a really good product.
    11-26-2009, 09:53 PM
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Black as knight is about $18 a month through smartpak. The shampoos are around $10 and I do see a difference with the shampoo. It's what I use. That and a fly sheet.
    11-26-2009, 10:43 PM
Me and my friend dye her appy's mane and tail black all the time before big shows and we haven't had any problems. We get the least toxic wash out dye we can find.
We've also used it to brighten up the black stockings after a clip job and nothing bad has happened.
I wouldn't leave it on like you would for human hair, I wash it off the legs after it starts going darker.

I've been told that dog shampoos work better than horse shampoos do, so try and find a really good black one and try that first.
    11-26-2009, 11:48 PM
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I use Quic Black, it is a very nice shampoo! I've heard that Black as Knight can test positive on show drug tests..
    12-05-2009, 08:35 PM
The issue may be that he's not a "true black" which means he'll fade in the sun. Quote]

I have a black to and actually theres really no true black just a non fading black gene and a fading black gene. The BAK shampoo works. And its pretty expenssive but worth it. It does eventually wash out after a while so its best to use it before a show or something of that sort. :)
    12-07-2009, 05:19 PM
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My black never faded... he was always black as could be... :(
    12-07-2009, 06:05 PM
BAK will test, it uses paprika. For a cheep alternative just feed paprika if your horse isnt finikey.

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