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    09-17-2010, 06:31 PM
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Green Broke
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I know that in most shows a fake tail is actually preferable and perfectly legal, but what about dying your horses tail? I'm just wondering because Cinny's turned orange over summer and a person at my stable suggested I dye it back to black as it has plenty of thickness and length for showing, just not black anymore. Is this legal to do? Does anybody else do this? And what should I use to do it, I know most hair dye in the store contain a color "lifter" that activates first and then the color so when the color fades out again it will probably be even worse than when I started.
     
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    09-17-2010, 08:21 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Bump, anyone???
     
    09-17-2010, 08:58 PM
  #3
Foal
As far as I know, a lot of people on here do it for shows.
But please never use a permenant dye, use a "vegan" conditioning dye. It has no ammonia or peroxide in it so is less likely to harm your horse should it get dye on the skin.
I reccomend alternative stores (Like Hot Topic if you're in the US) and picking up some Manic Panic or Crazy Color (Directions hair dye is good too).

Good luck :)
     
    09-18-2010, 12:09 AM
  #4
Foal
They actually make shampoo that is like a dye for horses. I bought some for my horse because he was all fadded and looked weird from being in the pasture. Shapley's makes it for all differnt colors. It worked great for him, but my friend bought some black shampoo from another company and it didn't work on her horse. I told her to buy some shapley's for next show season to see if it worked better. Cause I got some red on my hands and it didnt' come off for days, while the black shampoo washed off after I washed my hands a couple times. I use all shapley's products I think they work pretty good.
     
    09-18-2010, 09:44 AM
  #5
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SaddlebredGrl    
They actually make shampoo that is like a dye for horses. I bought some for my horse because he was all fadded and looked weird from being in the pasture. Shapley's makes it for all differnt colors. It worked great for him, but my friend bought some black shampoo from another company and it didn't work on her horse. I told her to buy some shapley's for next show season to see if it worked better. Cause I got some red on my hands and it didnt' come off for days, while the black shampoo washed off after I washed my hands a couple times. I use all shapley's products I think they work pretty good.
Yes, unfortunately I have exhausted all the "shampoo for colors" options. Shapelys, quicblack, etc. My friend says she uses Kool ade... grape mixed with a blue flavor, just put the powder in hair conditioner and leave in and it should stain in a color that counteracts the orange. It worked an iddy biddy bit, sigh.

His tail is still the color of a basketball :(
     
    09-18-2010, 10:20 AM
  #6
Trained
Most of the time as long as you keep the horses original color you will be fine. Associations like the color registries have rules about certain type deals. Like Pallys you can not die a tail or use anything to make it appear wither then it is.
     
    09-18-2010, 10:28 AM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
Most of the time as long as you keep the horses original color you will be fine. Associations like the color registries have rules about certain type deals. Like Pallys you can not die a tail or use anything to make it appear wither then it is.
ah I see. Cinny is a registered Paint, although a stock Paint. So far I haven't found anything about this in the APHA rulebook, just that you can't MAKE your horse have spots or add extra spotting.
     
    09-18-2010, 10:34 AM
  #8
Trained
I think as long as you do not change the color like taking my red dun stallion and dieing his tail black. That would not be legal however if I where to take my Dun mare and die her tail black it would be fine. As her tail is black by genetics and Tes is not.
     
    09-18-2010, 11:31 AM
  #9
Weanling
I died my buckskin's mane and tail with a non-permenant black color dye. I used Lorrell (sp?) cream dye and it had no ammonia or other harmful stuff in it. You can see pictures at: Before and After....What do you think?
     
    09-19-2010, 01:06 AM
  #10
Started
Cheval International, the makers of Black as Knight, makes a henna dye for horses. You can find it on their website.

Shampoos

Look for the Black Horse Henna. It's not cheap, and I don't know how well it works, but I remembered seeing it.
     

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