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post #1 of 30 Old 05-11-2012, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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dyeing a horses mane

Last weekend I attended a Kentucky Derby party. Everyone brought their horses and we had a blast. We were trail riding, running barrels, and trying all kinds of fun games under saddle. Well this girl showed up with her horse, and she dyed the horses main rainbow colors. It looked neat, but I was wondering if this was safe/unhealthy for her horse. The girl also used the same dye in her hair and it was permanent dye. I'm pretty sure it was the box dye from Walmart.
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post #2 of 30 Old 05-13-2012, 01:00 PM
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I dye Charlie's mane and tail his natural color (he's a chestnut) for shows because he lives outside 24/7 and it gets very sunbleached and dull looking. I personally wouldn't dye a horse's hair unnatural colors because there's no guarantee it would come out without doing a lot of dying to get it to the right shade, which could do a lot of damage. For fun colors, I would use the stuff that comes out after one wash.
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post #3 of 30 Old 05-13-2012, 01:08 PM
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I agree, I'm not sure what fun colors would do.

But, dye that matches the hair doesn't harm their hair anymore than it harms us. Like any chemical dye, after a lot of use, it's not the best, but as long as you keep everything conditioned and strong, it's not too bad.

I've dyed my geldings tail before to get rid of the bleached areas, and it was fine.
I just use the Shapleys show touch up now though. Washes out, and a lot healthier.

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post #4 of 30 Old 05-15-2012, 04:41 PM
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Ive put fun colors in my speed horses mane and it didn't do any damage as long as you condition it often
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post #5 of 30 Old 05-16-2012, 09:05 PM
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I would never put a human hair dye on a horse after seeing the damage it has done to my own hair.

I have, however, used Kool-Aid on one of the gray ponies at my barn and had no issues except a bit of stickiness. But that was only because we forgot to use shampoo when we washed it out. It's really cool though, because three weeks later his mane is still cotton candy pink :)
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post #6 of 30 Old 05-17-2012, 10:49 AM
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When I start to consider dying my horses to fit into the "show crowd" then it is time to hang up the hat....enjoy your horse the way it is, sun fading and all...
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Oh trust me I would never do this to my boy! He's a bay anyways do you couldn't even tell.
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Cool aid is pretty harmless i hear. I like my bays the way they are though.
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post #9 of 30 Old 05-17-2012, 12:04 PM
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They make colorful mane and tail extensions for your horse now. You clip them in for the fun show day and then take them out when you get home. No permanent damage done.

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I agree, I'm not sure what fun colors would do.

But, dye that matches the hair doesn't harm their hair anymore than it harms us. Like any chemical dye, after a lot of use, it's not the best, but as long as you keep everything conditioned and strong, it's not too bad.

I've dyed my geldings tail before to get rid of the bleached areas, and it was fine.
I just use the Shapleys show touch up now though. Washes out, and a lot healthier.
I tried Shapleys on my mare's black tail on the orange sun-bleached parts, but I ended up washing it all out right away. It's basically spray paint and got all over my hands when I went to brush it later, AND it made her tail SOOO brittle and dry! I have dyed her tail in the past with over the counter people hair dye and it always made her tail really soft (I used semi permanent dye) but it was SUCH a pain to mess with . Especially since I own a buckskin who was trying to swat flies with her tail and managed to get the black hair dye on my face, arms, and her own beige colored BUTT in the process! now I just leave it sun bleached...oh well!

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