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post #1 of 12 Old 10-21-2010, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Keeping the horse WHITE?

I've got a 5yrs gelding now, He is a piebald Icelandic horse and mostly white. In the icelandic stall we don't use hay on the floor, we use wood. I had this usual proplem, I never stays white! what can I do?

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post #2 of 12 Old 10-21-2010, 07:48 PM
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I know what you mean with pinto's i have one as well and she is mostly dirty except when she is not rugged! hmmm she is not stabled so i woulnt know what to do, maybe a light stable rug may help? will just stop the stable stains a little bit. i would love to see pictures of your piedbald by the way! :P

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post #3 of 12 Old 10-26-2010, 12:46 PM
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If he is stalled, the bedding (straw or shavings--I wouldn't use hay) will help keep him clean. If the bedding soaks up the urine, he will stay dry when he lays down, keeping him cleaner. :)

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post #4 of 12 Old 10-26-2010, 01:33 PM
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I agree with the above. You can try to put a blanket on him or switch to shavings. I too have problems keeping my grey nice and clean but i found that the shavings do really help along with cowboy magic and quick silver before a show :)

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post #5 of 12 Old 10-26-2010, 04:57 PM
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My guy's got white legs all around, from the knees and hocks down. He adores all things filthy.

Something that does wonders for me is cornstarch paste. Its funky stuff to handle, but try making a sticky, gooey paste with cornstarch and water, and goober it all over the stain. Let it dry there until it's kinda firm, not running anymore, but not rock hard, and start removing the paste. Takes the stains right off my fella's white legs. If they're really nasty, rinse and repeat.

As far as commercial products, I've had good luck with QuikSilver shampoo, and Cowboy Magic GreenSpot Remover (only for "special occasions" - it's rough on the wallet!).

Oddly another thing that helps stains is to let them get really muddy. When I chip dry mud off of Scout's legs, the stains underneath lighten up significantly. There's still the matter of ground-in dust, though...

As far as keeping them clean, all you can do is minimize the dirt in their environment. Mud invites rolling, wee and poo on the floor invites a long, laying-down nap. Thick bedding and a dry pasture are the only way, and even then they get green grass stains.

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post #6 of 12 Old 10-27-2010, 02:35 AM
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After owning two grays and a paint, I decided that white horses are only white in the movies.....and a few minutes after a bath before you turn them loose again.

In real life, they are the color of a dirty sock!
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post #7 of 12 Old 10-27-2010, 08:06 PM
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I love green spot remover and some stuff my trainer has called Goop hand cleaner, it works miracles!

From another forum (I hope this is all right to post)

To get your horse tails BEAUTIFUL, try this

And you guys have probavly NEVER heard this, use the white gel hand cleaner GOOP.

What?! Yup. You put it on a dry tail, do not wet the tail, let it sit for about 3-5 minutes then add some shampoo, lather and rinse. You will be AMAZED at what it does.

GOOP the white gel kind

And for those of you that want to get your white horse white or his 4 socks, mane, tail WHITE, use this stuff. It is the best!
  1. apply GOOP liberally on dry hair mane tail
  2. massage slightly into hair
  3. leave in for about 3-5 minutes
  4. Add in your own choice of shampoo
  5. work into a lather
  6. rinse
The hair will be w h i t e! It basically strips all the oils out and makes the hair soft and inda fluffy.

You only want to do this when you are showing or the case of a coliced horse who has been pumped full of oil.

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post #8 of 12 Old 10-27-2010, 09:33 PM
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Plain white vinegar (1/3) and water (2/3) mixed in a spray bottle is a good, inexpensive spot cleaner for my gray. I think it works as well as any of the commercial cleaners I've tried.
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-27-2010, 11:39 PM
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We use Mrs Stuarts Bluing - its usually on the laundry isle in your grocery store - its cheap and it gets them WHITE! Like need sunglasses blinding white.

Be careful though - if you dont dilute it it will turn him actually blue! Dilute it before use, and rinse well.

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post #10 of 12 Old 10-28-2010, 08:37 AM
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i have a loud paint so i know where your comming from.

this is what i do and my girl stays pretty clean.

shavings, toped up ever few days. clean rugs are a must. and when she is a little bit on the grotty side(she lays down in her stall) i chuck on her mesh fly rug, and hey presto white pony again.

this is her when she is dirty =)

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