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post #1 of 32 Old 06-17-2012, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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Getting a white tail white?

Okay, my Haflinger mare has a beautiful snow white tail, but she doesn't lift her tail high enough, and it has nasty yellow urine and poop stains at the bottom that will NOT come out. I scrubbed for an hour the other day and it still wouldn't come out. Currently I'm building her a fly swatter attachment(basically a bunch of ribbon and bailer twine all twisted together to go on a wrapped tail) so I can wrap it once it is white(to hopefully keep it white) How do I get this thing white? I have tried softscrub cleaner, dish soap, white n' bright, and regular horse shampoo. Last year before show I cut out all the yellow(it was horribly stained from 2 years of neglect, after scrubbing it was still bright yellow) Then things happened and we had to put her in the cattle pasture(the cattle are really hard on the pasture and it was all mud and manure in places) It stained her tail again, but not as badly. It is still yellow after being washed but is more like blonde hair then sunshine yellow.

Any ideas on how to get it white?

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post #2 of 32 Old 06-17-2012, 10:25 AM
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Go to laundry section of store and look up on top shelf, which is where it usually is, Mrs. White's Bluing. Read directions on it, you have to dilute it, and make sure you hold tail away from body to dip, as if you have it too strong, it will stain horse too, although it comes out. But dipping in it will whiten it.

Can also use White Mink, which is in hair dye sections, and is a rinse that whitens too. May be called White Minx, been a while since looked, but bottles again, usually on top shelf or thereabout, bottles are grayish/gold, and used to have pink applicator tops. Wash tail, rinse good and then apply this. Rinse out after working it in good, and dry and wrap.
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GOOP from Walmart does the trick for my mare!
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post #4 of 32 Old 06-17-2012, 12:52 PM
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I've been told the best thing for a haffie tail is Woolite - the laundry detergent. Follow up with Mrs. Whites Bluing which won't clean it but will ad a slight blue tint which will make it look gleaming white after its clean.

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I was told once by an older gentleman who had grey percherons who swore by saw dust baking soda and vinegar then rinse and shampoo with conditioning shampoo. Can't say I've ever tried it but who knows?
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I have the same issue with my Belgian thanks to "nice" human behavior of breaking the tail in infancy to prevent swishing while driving.
I use quic silver it goes on purple you wait 2 minutes & works fabulous I always follow with a good conditioner cuz soap causes too much drying action on the hair. It is a little pricey but well worth it :)

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post #7 of 32 Old 07-04-2012, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by eclipseranch View Post
I have the same issue with my Belgian thanks to "nice" human behavior of breaking the tail in infancy to prevent swishing while driving.
I use quic silver it goes on purple you wait 2 minutes & works fabulous I always follow with a good conditioner cuz soap causes too much drying action on the hair. It is a little pricey but well worth it :)

Did your Belgian have his tail broken or docked?
I have never heard of anyone breaking the tail of a draft, curious.
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post #8 of 32 Old 07-05-2012, 11:44 AM
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My instructor also said that lemon juice (diluted a bit with water.. I think 1:4 or 1:3) works as long as they're out in the sun with it in.. then you have to be careful not to get it on their legs.
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post #9 of 32 Old 07-05-2012, 09:47 PM
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Mix together, dish soap,baking powder,and peroxide. Their is no Science to the measurements just eyeball it. Wash the tail first with regular shampoo. once you have it clean lather the tail up with the previous concoction. If the tails long enough you can even let the tail set in a bucket of the stuff. Leave it on for a few minutes, and rinse it out, and repeat if need be. Its a process but it doesn't damage the tail like some harshh detergants, and it lifts all the yellow stains leaving a brilliant white tail!
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post #10 of 32 Old 07-05-2012, 09:57 PM
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Glad I found this thread - my mare's tail isn't white, but it's very pale grey, and she also has staining issues!
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