Originally Posted by brookeabee123
I'm thinking about adding praprika.
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Be careful with that if you show. It shows up in drug tests because it has capsaicin in it [which is actually a performance enhancer in horses, it makes the skin more sensitive so they respond to a lighter aid]. There are other darkeners that work just as well and are less dangerous to your good reputation!
Back on topic, I have found it doesn't work AT ALL. The only one that works is the blue/purple one for white and grey horses. That one got my old grey pony so white he glowed in the dark! I've also found it works for other colours, my bay-brown gelding went the most magnificent colour when I washed him with it, and it made my old grey pony's fleabites go from a feral orangey colour to a really nice rich deep chestnut - he only had a few up near his ears but they were there.
And don't ever use the black-enhancing one on a seal brown... eugh. They go the most disgusting colour. A friend of mine did that, first time she'd tried it, right before a show. It was NOT a good look!
My method of getting white socks REALLY white before a show is to use white enhancing shampoo [if I have enough I actually hit the whole horse with it, it's amazing!] scrub down to the skin real deep, then there's this bleaching stuff, idk what's in it but I've never had a horse react badly to it and it does an amazing job. It's a powder that you mix with water and paint on with a brush, then you have to wipe it off the hooves. Leave it on overnight, brush off the excess on the day of the show, and voila! Bright white socks. I don't use it on faces [that's what white cover creme is for!] but it's awesome on legs.
The photos attached are of me and my gelding at a show, done with the purple shampoo on the socks and just normal horse shampoo on his body because I didn't have enough purple to do his whole body. I don't have any of him with the full purple treatment.