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post #1 of 25 Old 11-17-2010, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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Talking I want to exhaust all my options before I use scissors

My new gypsy mare has a full mane and tail. Her mane isn't going to be too hard to clean up and her feathers shouldn't be either but her tail is "Winter" colors. Muddy and stained from dragging on the ground. As soon as I get her to the barn her tail is getting washed, detangled, and shampooed and conditioned. The next day will be focused on getting as much stain out as I can.

What are my options to use on this stain that won't completely destroy or discolor her tail. Here is what I already have.

Highlights purple shampoo from Sally Beauty (a more concentrated version of quicksilver). It works great on Caleigh's feathers so I'm hoping it will work on Legacy's tail.
I'll put that on completely coated dry for 15-20 minutes, wash out.

Then shampoo with Mane and Tail rinse
Then soak in mineral oil to break up extra dirt and grime and let sit for another 10-15 minutes.
Wash off with shampoo and heavy duty conditioner.

Is there anything else I can do in the following days to try and get these stains out short of cutting or bleaching? I would like to avoid those last two options if I can.
After her tail is clean and dry it's getting braided and wrapped in a three-way thick tail bag.

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post #2 of 25 Old 11-17-2010, 03:06 AM
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I quite like sprays like cowboy magic green spot remover, they work fabulous at removing green spots in a pinch, and least on body hair.. I would assume they work just as well on the mane and tail.

I'm not sure what a "three way thick" tail bag is... do you mean the kind you braid with three tubes? I would suggest a nylon, *waterproof* tail bag.. works like a charm, especially for mares who pee on their tail.
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Yeah it's three tubes that you braid together. I was told they work really well on horses with really thick tails.

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They're alright, I'm not crazy about them. More of a pain than "regular" tail bags, IMO. The waterproof nylon is great since it keeps EVERYTHING out, preventing staining and whatnot.
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post #5 of 25 Old 11-17-2010, 01:43 PM
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I LOVE Absorbine Miracle Groom, The Spray.

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I show 2 horses, My Appy who is all white, and my Paint who has alot of white. It takes out stains very easy, but it also detangles Mane's and Tails.. and Makes my Paints mane BRIGHT white.. Love this stuff, Would use anything else.
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lemon fairy liquid works a treat
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yellow fairy liquid and hot water is what I use on my lads tail.

Also one tip I was told about (on a coloured horse forum) was to get a bucket of hot water, put the tail in it, drop a couple of milton tablets in and keep the tail in it until the milton tablets stop fizzing.

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I don't have any suggestions for keeping her tail white but what I do want to know is WHERE the pictures are?! LOL.

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The pictures will be flowing as soon as she's at the barn! I pick her up in 1 hour. I posted in the pictures with her baby pictures if you want to look at that. I'll have more tonight when she's at the barn
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I don't have any suggestions for keeping her tail white but what I do want to know is WHERE the pictures are?! LOL.
lol, I was eagerly scrolling down for the pics, too! Haha.....waiting patiently now...

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