My Paint mare has a shorter tail than I'd like for a show horse, and it's also incredibly stained - the bottoms of the white hairs are essentially black.
So I was wondering what the best way to grow out her tail to its terminal length would be. I'd look into an extension, but she has the two-toned (black & white) tail. Our first show isn't until the 28th of April so there's a bit of time to work on growth, even though her tail doesn't (seem) to grow very fast. Right now she's on pasture 24/7 and gets a flake each of local grass hay and alfalfa hay as well as alfalfa pellets, soaked beet pulp pellets and SafeChoice concentrated feed twice a day. Totally willing to braid & bag (we have a couple of the Lycra braid-in tail bags), but keep in mind that the weather here is fairly soggy and gross.
I'm also looking for a way to get rid of the stains in her tail - mostly on the ends. We've tried ShowClean, Apple Cider Vinegar rinses and soaks, Dawn dish soap, ORVUS paste, baking soda (with ACV, with the Dawn and on its own) and just regular shampoo. I really don't want to cut it, since I'm not sure that it'll be able to grow back out enough to even be the length it is now.
Also, my mare's like 95% white with some black on her - do I use black hoof polish or clear? Her feet aren't really her strong point - they're a little small for her size (she's ~16hh and I'm pretty sure our ~13hh Icelandic has slightly bigger back feet), but natural color-wise they're not very pretty.