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    10-21-2009, 01:14 PM
  #11
Foal
I wouldn't know if it came off when he sweats (isn't backed), and normally when I used to put it on Haruko she'd be clipped.
It doesn't come off completely it fades gradually, but after about a month or so.
It's sometimes stayed in for about 3 months before I've had to re top it completely.

Hmm, Okay.
I'd probably get about 3 bottles then.
     
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    10-21-2009, 01:57 PM
  #12
Showing
Something like this might work too, a henna hair dye that is "all natural"

Henna Hut - Natural Black Hair Dye
     
    10-21-2009, 03:34 PM
  #13
Foal
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Originally Posted by CloudsMystique    
I do keep her inside during the day (except when I'm riding her). How did you get away with only dying his tail once a year? How long did it stay black?

I have used the temporary spray for other things, but I wouldn't want to put it in her mane or tail. It seems like it would make them sticky and gross.
It would stay black all through the summer. We had to dye his tail because his fake tail was always jet black and his real tail would fade during the winter when he was out all day. Max stayed in the barn during the day and we never needed to do it again. We would dye it in May (with Clairol or whatever, just jet black hair dye) and it would be fine until the first of September.

That's probably true about the spray stuff. Like I said, we just used it to make his legs really black.
     
    10-21-2009, 05:13 PM
  #14
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Originally Posted by Aoi Miku    
I wouldn't know if it came off when he sweats (isn't backed), and normally when I used to put it on Haruko she'd be clipped.
It doesn't come off completely it fades gradually, but after about a month or so.
It's sometimes stayed in for about 3 months before I've had to re top it completely.

Hmm, Okay.
I'd probably get about 3 bottles then.
Okay, sounds good. Thanks for the help!


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Originally Posted by smrobs    
Something like this might work too, a henna hair dye that is "all natural"

Henna Hut - Natural Black Hair Dye
I like the sound of that too. It looks like the Black Horse Henna shampoo, but WAY cheaper. I will try that as well.


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Originally Posted by QHChik    
It would stay black all through the summer. We had to dye his tail because his fake tail was always jet black and his real tail would fade during the winter when he was out all day. Max stayed in the barn during the day and we never needed to do it again. We would dye it in May (with Clairol or whatever, just jet black hair dye) and it would be fine until the first of September.

That's probably true about the spray stuff. Like I said, we just used it to make his legs really black.
Hm... I guess I hadn't dyed her tail with human dye since I started turning her out at night. When I dyed it before (when she was turned out during the day), it would only last for a few months. I'll try that again if the other dyes don't work out.
     
    10-21-2009, 05:42 PM
  #15
Trained
Sometimes adding copper to their diets can help; Especially if the 'red' is starting at the roots, it could very well be a slight deficiency of copper. My black gelding was really burnt when I got him, and over the period of 6 months, with having him on a higher copper supplement, he drastically changed. Worth a shot.
     
    10-21-2009, 08:57 PM
  #16
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Originally Posted by mom2pride    
Sometimes adding copper to their diets can help; Especially if the 'red' is starting at the roots, it could very well be a slight deficiency of copper. My black gelding was really burnt when I got him, and over the period of 6 months, with having him on a higher copper supplement, he drastically changed. Worth a shot.

She's on two supplements with copper in them - Black-As-Knight and Platinum Performance. They helped her coat a lot, but not her mane and tail.
     
    10-22-2009, 12:31 PM
  #17
Foal
We use Just For Men as a touch up for sun-bleached manes and tails before a show.

Easy and works well.
     
    02-07-2010, 06:23 PM
  #18
Foal
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Originally Posted by CloudsMystique    
I've worked REALLY hard getting my mare's coat back to black... But her mane, tail, and forelock are still red. I used to dye them with human hair dye, and they would look amazing and jet black, but then I realized that the dye was SERIOUSLY thinning out her hair. Having a thick mane and tail is much more important to me than having a black mane and tail, so I stopped dying it. Is there anything else I can do to them to make them blacker? I have her on supplements and night turnout, I spray coat saver sunblock on her all the time, I use black shampoos, and I always make sure to hose off all of the sweat on her. All of those things helped with her coat, because she can shed her coat and grow it back black. But she can't just shed her mane and tail and grow them back...


Any ideas?
Hi, just saw your post and I have a horse with a black mane and tail. I used human hair dye for awhile but I've been using Equine Colorshine for years and I can touch it up whenever I want. There's no peroxide in it and you don't have to rinse it out. Kinda makes the hair thicker feeling and looking. You should give it a whirl. It definitely has been a big help with my guy!
     
    02-07-2010, 06:26 PM
  #19
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Originally Posted by gaited horse mom    
Hi, just saw your post and I have a horse with a black mane and tail. I used human hair dye for awhile but I've been using Equine Colorshine for years and I can touch it up whenever I want. There's no peroxide in it and you don't have to rinse it out. Kinda makes the hair thicker feeling and looking. You should give it a whirl. It definitely has been a big help with my guy!

Thanks so much! I'll definitely give that a try.
     
    02-07-2010, 06:31 PM
  #20
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I don't believe in dying a horse..
     

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