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post #1 of 12 Old 10-17-2008, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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Keeping a tail black.

I am thinking about dyeing my horses tail, he is bay and his tail is really bleached and I want it to stay black. He isn't rugged all the time so I can't use a tail bag everyday. Is there some sort of dye I can use that will last for ages or does it need doing before each show?
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-18-2008, 03:52 AM
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Wait a second-people can dye their horse's tail now?
What century am I living in!

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post #3 of 12 Old 10-18-2008, 07:59 AM
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I just grab a normal people dye to do my girl's tail, usually the day before a show. A permanent one will last a while but then it to will bleech out with the sun.
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post #4 of 12 Old 10-18-2008, 09:35 AM
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me too... usually use the hair dye for men......

You can put his tail in a tail bag to keep it from bleaching...

Your other option is to use a can of touch of paint (black) on show days. You can get it at any tack store....

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post #5 of 12 Old 10-18-2008, 08:03 PM
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I didn't think you guys were serious I had no idea that people actually died their horse's tails. Not sure it's something I would make regular practice but that's me. I'm sure there are better options that dying a tail.
On one of my horse's tails I used to (hasn't been needed with Cobalt his breeding already produces enough mane and tail for 3 horses) along with a few experienced horse owners I know, would condition their tail and vet wrap it all summer. Excellent way of protecting from both the elements as well as allowing to grow (beats any horse conditioner, spray or specialized products).
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post #6 of 12 Old 10-18-2008, 08:11 PM
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..I should rephrase that. I have never dyed a horses tail myslef. My trainer dyed Ri's before a show once because the ends were brown. You have to be careful becuase in some show organizations it's illegal to do. But what is legal is that touch up spray paint that you can buy at local tack shops. I think the only people that would worry about that would be showmanship and halter type people, or people that use fake tails and want them to match up.....

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post #7 of 12 Old 10-19-2008, 12:57 AM
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When I lived in Orlando, it was pretty well-known to everyone in "horse circles" that the staff at Medieval Times, Arabian Nights and Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede almost ALWAYS dye their horse's hair to make the white arabian's mane and tail more white instead of yellowish and to make the black stallions more black. In fact, they even took a copper chestnut and dyed his mane and tail white in order to make a golden palomino out of him. :roll: It really happens more often than you think, and if you want a scary truth - most horse thieves will dye a horse's hair so that the original owner may not be able to recognize their stolen horse.
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post #8 of 12 Old 10-19-2008, 10:45 AM
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that is true about horse thieves. Scary huh?

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post #9 of 12 Old 10-19-2008, 04:39 PM
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You could get some black as knight...?

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post #10 of 12 Old 10-19-2008, 04:41 PM
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my friend has a grey QH and dyed her tail pink. Yep...pink!

It looks pretty cool.

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