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    07-29-2012, 08:54 AM
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Foal
Exclamation how can i turn my horse's brown tail to flaxen tail?

I have a chestnut horse with a brown tail. It has a few gray/white strands in it. I want to get his tail lighter and I would love for it to be a flaxen color with a few brown streaks. I have tried lemon juice to lighten the color but that hasn't helped. Are their any homemade remedies of products that I could use to lighten his tail? Thanks.
     
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    07-29-2012, 09:08 AM
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Foal
Would bleach work? Could that harm the tail?
     
    07-29-2012, 09:25 AM
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Banned
Why don't you just accept the horse as he is? Does colour really matter? Just my opinion - not my horse. Don't mean to sound rude - just curious
     
    07-29-2012, 09:32 AM
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Showing
What's wrong with his tail as it is? My chestnut has a red mane and tail, and I think they're quite attractive.

Besides, if you try and lighten it, you may damage the hair, especially if you continue doing it as the hair grows out.
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    07-29-2012, 09:53 AM
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Green Broke
Just like our hair, coloring and bleaching it makes it weaker. They swat flies with their tail. If the hair is weak and brittle, it would break off and they can't swat flies as well.
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    07-29-2012, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by saddlebredgirl6    
would bleach work? Could that harm the tail?
Please don't try anything involving bleach and instructions from the Internet to change the color of your horse's tail. There's a huge amount that can go wrong in a very big way.
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    07-29-2012, 09:55 AM
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Green Broke
Maybe get extensions and put in the tail for different color
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    07-29-2012, 10:18 AM
  #8
Trained
I would think that peroxide is your answer, but you absolutely will damage the hair doing this. Also, you need to protect the rest of your horse very well. You don't want that peroxide getting around the anus especially. Also, I would coat the underside of his tail with something. Maybe vaseline? I don't know. Ask a hairdresser if that would work.

Seems like a lot of work and then it's going to grow out anyway. Personally, I wouldn't do it.

Edited to add: I really like the extensions idea from usandpets. Much safer and, more versatile too. You can change the colours according to your mood!
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    07-29-2012, 12:45 PM
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Foal
Flaxen Tail Reply

I do love my horse they way his tail is now. I was just wondering if their were any non-harmful ways I could make his tail lighter. If his tail could be lighter, great, but if their isn't a way then that is perfectly okay. I asked about bleach because I didn't know how it would treat it. Now I know not to use it. Thank you for your replies.
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    07-29-2012, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
What's wrong with his tail as it is? My chestnut has a red mane and tail, and I think they're quite attractive.

Besides, if you try and lighten it, you may damage the hair, especially if you continue doing it as the hair grows out.
Nothing is wrong with his tail as it is now. He is a big show horse and flaxen tails are very rare. I was just wondering if he could get that look also. But, since there is too much of a chance of harming it, I don't want to take that risk.
     

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