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post #1 of 26 Old 06-28-2009, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Getting her tail super white....

So next weekend Lacey is going to be in a 4th of July parade (a little kid is going to ride her and I'm going to lead her ^.^ ) and I want to get her tail super white. The only issue is that her tail doesn't want to be super white, when it's supposed to be. It's insisting on being yellowish brown and yucky.

Texture wise, it's beautiful and it really does Lacey justice but it refuses to be white. I've tried using Mane n' Tail Spray n' White on it, I've even left it in for 15 minutes! I don't really like leaving it in that long because then the middle of her tail which is pretty white, turns purpley. Her tail is also pretty short so I can't just trim off the really nasty parts.

Any tips to help? I might be braiding her tail so she'll lift it up super high and cute but even if I do I really want it to be really white.

And believe me, if I get her tail white it's going to be braided and wrapped to the hilt until next saturday!

A picture of the failure tail:


I've gave her a bath yesterday so her body is whiter that in that picture and her legs are cleaner, haha, but her tail...

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post #2 of 26 Old 06-29-2009, 07:18 AM
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Quicksilver shampoo works pretty well. I don't have any grey horses, but I've seen Quicksilver work wonders on paints and greys I know. It can turn hair purple though. A friend with a paint would wash with it multiple times, scrubbing and rinsing well between applications. The tail came really white without a trace of purple.

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post #3 of 26 Old 06-29-2009, 09:47 AM
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Use Quic Silver, get the tail wet, put a bunch of it in her tail, then take smal strands and work it in for a while, massaging it into the hair, do this until all of the tail has be done, then rinse! Her tail should be as white as snow!

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post #4 of 26 Old 06-29-2009, 01:07 PM
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A shampoo meant to whiten is a must. To help clean, I use two pot scrubbers. I wet and shampoo the tail, let it sit for about 10 minutes (with shampoo in it), rewet and then take the pot scrubbers and scrub like heck.
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Quic silver is AMAZING. It's awesome. It's really good on socks too...why not try it on the tail?!

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post #6 of 26 Old 06-29-2009, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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I will definitely go find some Quicksilver! It sounds great. =)

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Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat

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Quic Silver for sure!!! You will probably have to do it a few times..wash, rinse, repeat =) Good luck! Have fun!
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I just grab a bucket with some soapy water (cowboy magic shampoo), stick Indy's entire tail in it (hold the bucket up so its almost all the way in), and with one hand swirl it around a lot. Then I take the hose for about five minutes and rinse it out. Makes his tail shiny white :) Good luck and let us know how it goes!
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post #9 of 26 Old 06-29-2009, 04:30 PM
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Also, use Vetrolin conditioner and condition the heck out of it! It will help make it shinny, and healthy! I LOVE vetrolin products, they are expensive, but worth every penny!

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Hi :)

I'm new, I have a palomino mare with the world's filthiest tail!

I use WARM soapy water. Warm water is the trick! I put a tiny bit of biological washing powder in it for the ENDS of her tail only, (I don't let the soapy stuff get on her skin!) and I really give the tail a good swishing around in the warm soapy water.

THEN I rinse it really well, making sure I also carefully rinse her hind legs if any soapy water has spilled.

THEN I go for the strongest 'white horse' shampoo I can find. :) I've never seen Quic Silver - maybe we can't get it in Europe. We have something from England called 'Champion Tails' which is a purple coloured shampoo, it does a great job!

Happy washing. :)
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