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post #1 of 20 Old 01-11-2010, 02:41 AM Thread Starter
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Making a white tail white again... help plz

Hi well, I have a palomino and at the moment her tail is.. green hehe. I have a comp at the end of this month and was wondering whats the best way to get her tail back to being white for this comp? Thanks guys


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post #2 of 20 Old 01-11-2010, 02:47 AM
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Keep her rugged and put a tail bag on her first of all :) Tail bags are life savers.

All I can really say is give her a good wash. Wet her tail thoroughly, and out some good quality shampoo and conditioner in there. I use Australian Dressage Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. Really rub it in and make sure you get everything. I've found that Tea Tree Oil based stuff helps stop itchy tails. You could also use a whitening shampoo like White-Glo. Its purple :) And then afterwards, brush it out, get all of the knots and tangles out and put it in a tail bag.

And not one of those rugless tail bags. I hate them and they really don't do much in my opinion.
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post #3 of 20 Old 01-11-2010, 04:35 AM
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I wash D's tail with reg shampoo and then I get a bucket and put some water and blech in it. Then stick his tail in the bucket and swerl(SP) his tail around and it comes out silky and white for horse shows . I haven't gotten the brittle effect some people worry about but every horse is different. I also only have to blech his tail maybe once a month and pretty much never in summer since he has no mud to lay in lol.

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Shampoo with some Quic Silver, it works great. Leave it one for about 5 min (don't leave it on too long or you will end up with a bluish-purple tail).
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I swear by this stuff, I have 2 paints and i love this stuff! Scrub it in really well and let it stand for 5 mins ( i usually do 7mins :P but you have to be careful for letting time get too close to over 10 mins, its powerful stuff that will turn the hair purple) I would wear gloves if you use it right before a show, it tends to dry around my finger nails and finger nails a light shape of purple.

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post #6 of 20 Old 01-11-2010, 09:57 AM
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well...I use to groom horses at the ranch i was at an my boss had three palominos...I had to constantly be washing the green out of their tails...we actually used tresseme (sp?) people shampoo an conditioner... depending on how bad it was sometimes it took me three shampooings but their tails always came out bright white and super silky...and the shampoo will only make them itch if you dont wash it out good enough...past that never had an itch issue...

Ive also seen some good results with Quick Silver shampoo though...havent had the chance to try it myself though...

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I love Quik-Silver and friends of mine with grey horses swear by using Orvis and then quik-silver. For some last minute help at the show, try dusting your horse's tail with baby powder if there is still a tinge of green, particularly at the tips of the tail where it's hard to get all of the grunge out, baby powder can cover some of the staining.
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post #8 of 20 Old 01-11-2010, 10:30 AM
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i usually just wash my horses white tail 3 times. twice with regular shampoo & once with a whitening shampoo [like quick silver] it works really well & his tail glows =] i never keep it in a bag or anything

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post #9 of 20 Old 01-11-2010, 12:58 PM
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Be carefull with whitening shampoos because they ALL have bleach in it and if you let it stand to much time it can "burn" the tail, the hair will become weaker and break.
In my opinion the best thing can be mixing water with shampoo (making the shampoo not be so dense) and adding, not to much, of bleach.
Then scrub untill it becomes white. If it doesnt, put a little more bleach, but be carefull seriously. Now he has a white tail, wash him more times so he doesnt get a dirty tail again and dont have to use bleach anymore!
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post #10 of 20 Old 01-11-2010, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Ok great thanks everyone for your helpful tips

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