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        05-26-2013, 01:34 PM
      #21
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
    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!!!
    What's it worth to keep your secret?
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        05-26-2013, 06:36 PM
      #22
    Banned
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    Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
    What's it worth to keep your secret?
    Lol! He might start drinking my Pinot!!!!!
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        05-27-2013, 08:48 PM
      #23
    Started
    Im not sure if anyone mentioned this but can't you dye it and keep it rolled up in a plastic bag or two, until its done processing? While its processing maybe fly spray her and feed her grain or something to keep her busy. Or couldn't you keep it in a tail bag, so the sun wont hit it?

         
        05-27-2013, 10:01 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Boo Walker    
    Go to a natural grocery store or vitamin store to find the henna dyes. Let me know how it works!
    Will do!
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        05-27-2013, 10:02 PM
      #25
    Green Broke
    I try to keep it in a tail bag but the damage has already been done so looking for something to fix it while it grows out ;)
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        05-28-2013, 02:46 AM
      #26
    Foal
    Henna

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    Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
    I've heard of henna! Where would I get some?
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    i bought my henna on amazon.com at hennahut.com. It was about $8 for one treatment. I used the color "indigo" (black) only. I did a lot of experimenting first and was worried he would end up with a "blue" black. He's a very dark brown horse, everyone thinks he's black but he really bleaches out in the summer. I mostly did his mane and just the top of the tail because I love the red highlights in his tail.

    This is a SIMPLE but messy project but if you are prepared well it is manageable. You start with wet hair. You mix the henna in a container until it is a paste. I used a paintbrush. There are videos on youtube to demonstrate. You really glop it on good and massage into all of the strands. Then you need to cover in saran wrap for an hour or so before washing it out. I ended up just wrapping his whole neck in saran wrap. The indigo will stain your hands blue...i found out the hard way so use gloves. And have lots of towels ready that you don't mind staining.

    If your horse is black, you don't have to worry about accidentally coloring the neck (when doing the mane) but for a bay/buckskin/dun horse I would just be real careful. Just fyi,with henna you can only go darker, not lighter in color. There are lots of beautiful reds for the red colored horses.

    The best part of this is that the henna is a natural conditioner with no chemicals and it left his mane feeling soft and full and it's still not bleached out. I am going to do it again this year, even if just to condition the mane. Just make sure to do a small "test" area first to see how the color will take.

    Oh, and if you are at a boarding barn like I am you will get lots of strange looks :o)

    Karen
         
        05-29-2013, 12:21 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ktrolson    
    i bought my henna on amazon.com at hennahut.com. It was about $8 for one treatment. I used the color "indigo" (black) only. I did a lot of experimenting first and was worried he would end up with a "blue" black. He's a very dark brown horse, everyone thinks he's black but he really bleaches out in the summer. I mostly did his mane and just the top of the tail because I love the red highlights in his tail.

    This is a SIMPLE but messy project but if you are prepared well it is manageable. You start with wet hair. You mix the henna in a container until it is a paste. I used a paintbrush. There are videos on youtube to demonstrate. You really glop it on good and massage into all of the strands. Then you need to cover in saran wrap for an hour or so before washing it out. I ended up just wrapping his whole neck in saran wrap. The indigo will stain your hands blue...i found out the hard way so use gloves. And have lots of towels ready that you don't mind staining.

    If your horse is black, you don't have to worry about accidentally coloring the neck (when doing the mane) but for a bay/buckskin/dun horse I would just be real careful. Just fyi,with henna you can only go darker, not lighter in color. There are lots of beautiful reds for the red colored horses.

    The best part of this is that the henna is a natural conditioner with no chemicals and it left his mane feeling soft and full and it's still not bleached out. I am going to do it again this year, even if just to condition the mane. Just make sure to do a small "test" area first to see how the color will take.

    Oh, and if you are at a boarding barn like I am you will get lots of strange looks :o)

    Karen
    Good to know, thanks! and yeah I already got plenty of strange looks when I told some of my fellow boarders that I had dyed Sandie's tail before!

    An hour seems an awful long time to leave the henna in though...wish it worked faster! Because in that case, I may just go ahead and get the hair dye! The Saran wrap is a good idea though.
         
        05-29-2013, 08:38 PM
      #28
    Trained
    I wonder if you could put the freshly dyed tail in a plastic garbage bag and vetwrap it on until the dye set.
         
        05-29-2013, 09:22 PM
      #29
    Foal
    I mean, have you thought about just rubbing some sunscreen in the top of it? It ought to stay on pretty good with as oily as it is.
         

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