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    05-23-2013, 01:45 PM
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Green Broke
Question How to stop tail from sun bleaching?

Any ideas on products I could use on my buckskin mare's black tail that likes to turn orange every summer? I'm thinking some sort of tail conditioner or spray that has spf in it? The only ones I can find are only spf 8 and I can't imagine that would do much good
     
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    05-23-2013, 02:19 PM
  #2
mls
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Are you sure it isn't more urine splash than sun that is causing the tail to bleach?
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    05-23-2013, 03:54 PM
  #3
Foal
I keep my gelding's tail bagged all year round and it stays black as night. It comes down for shows and that's pretty much it.

If that's not an option I'd look for sprays and conditioners with SPF, I use a spray called Santa Fe which has SPF 8, but that's probably not enough to make a difference. I've seen lots of people recommend permanent hair dye (I've never tried it). Vetrolin also has a solar-guard conditioner (wash-out) that is supposed to protect that hair from UV for 8 days.
     
    05-23-2013, 05:28 PM
  #4
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by mls    
Are you sure it isn't more urine splash than sun that is causing the tail to bleach?
It's mainly on the top of her tail which is why I suspect sun.
     
    05-23-2013, 05:32 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Tigo    
I keep my gelding's tail bagged all year round and it stays black as night. It comes down for shows and that's pretty much it.

If that's not an option I'd look for sprays and conditioners with SPF, I use a spray called Santa Fe which has SPF 8, but that's probably not enough to make a difference. I've seen lots of people recommend permanent hair dye (I've never tried it). Vetrolin also has a solar-guard conditioner (wash-out) that is supposed to protect that hair from UV for 8 days.
I've actually dyed her tail several times before But it's really hard to do...most dyes you have to leave on for a minimum of 15-20 mins, and it's difficult to explain to my mare that she can't swish her tail for that amount of time, or she'll end up with black splashes on her golden coat So this year I was attempting to find another solution. I'll have to check into that Vetrolin product you mentioned, because I really don't see spf 8 doing anything and I've noticed that seems to be all the higher you can get as far as spray in conditioners/detanglers go.

Once I even bought that Shapley's black horsey spray paint and it ended up drying her tail out horribly and it took much longer than I had imagined to cover all the orange!

I wish they sold a simple shampoo with some dye in it that would gradually dye it darker after several washes...I tried that QuicBlack stuff but it does nothing except for turning my hands purple!
     
    05-23-2013, 05:42 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
I've actually dyed her tail several times before But it's really hard to do...most dyes you have to leave on for a minimum of 15-20 mins, and it's difficult to explain to my mare that she can't swish her tail for that amount of time, or she'll end up with black splashes on her golden coat So this year I was attempting to find another solution. I'll have to check into that Vetrolin product you mentioned, because I really don't see spf 8 doing anything and I've noticed that seems to be all the higher you can get as far as spray in conditioners/detanglers go.

Once I even bought that Shapley's black horsey spray paint and it ended up drying her tail out horribly and it took much longer than I had imagined to cover all the orange!

I wish they sold a simple shampoo with some dye in it that would gradually dye it darker after several washes...I tried that QuicBlack stuff but it does nothing except for turning my hands purple!
I could see how hair dye could be a difficult task . I really like the Vetrolin shampoo and conditioner, it smells nice and gives the hair a nice shine. I'm not sure what the SPF rating on the conditioner is, or if it has any, but it might be worth a try! It would be really great if a company developed a sunscreen spray that has SPF 30 or more. I'd probably keep my gelding's tail down if I could find a product like that.

That's too bad that the Shapely's stuff dries hair out that much - it sounds like a handy product otherwise! I tried the Quicblack because the Quicksilver worked excellent on my leopard Appy, I thought it might work just as well. I had the same result as you .

Good luck on your search! Hopefully someone else has some good ideas to lend!

ETA, maybe I found one!: Again, it doesn't have the SPF rating, but has good reviews from a couple different websites: http://www.amazon.com/Quic-Screen-Coat-Sunscreen-Spray/dp/B000A6XHFO
     
    05-23-2013, 06:35 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Awesome I'm going to give that product a try!!
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    05-23-2013, 09:03 PM
  #8
Showing
Why don't you dye it, but put towels or a sheet on her so she doesn't get it on her coat?
     
    05-23-2013, 09:47 PM
  #9
Banned
Beer......pour it through her tail and anywhere else that bleaches, it's supposed to stop sun bleaching.....shhhh don't tell my husband I'm contemplating using a perfectly good beer to keep my horse from bleaching!!!
     
    05-23-2013, 10:45 PM
  #10
Trained
There are some men's hair dyes that only have to be left on for 3 minutes.
     

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