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post #1 of 9 Old 05-14-2011, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Need Help ASAP : Using Chalk on a grey horse?

Hello,

So I have this grey mare who just LOVES to roll in poo, and trust me, i groom her for about 30min before and after I ride her, but she still manages to have a stain that is I.M.P.O.S.S.I.B.L.E To remove.
Ive used cowboy magic, farnam green spot remover, quick silver, superpoo shampoo, and any other whitening products.
Since the stains arent coming out, i was just thinking about covering the stains with baby powder and chalk.
However, ive never used chalk before, and I was wondering if I can just use chalk that I buy from stores like Staples? Or does it have to be a special kind?
Thanks for your help!
P.s. Sorry for writing such a long paragraph

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Hello,

So I have this grey mare who just LOVES to roll in poo, and trust me, i groom her for about 30min before and after I ride her, but she still manages to have a stain that is I.M.P.O.S.S.I.B.L.E To remove.
Ive used cowboy magic, farnam green spot remover, quick silver, superpoo shampoo, and any other whitening products.
Since the stains arent coming out, i was just thinking about covering the stains with baby powder and chalk.
However, ive never used chalk before, and I was wondering if I can just use chalk that I buy from stores like Staples? Or does it have to be a special kind?
Thanks for your help!
P.s. Sorry for writing such a long paragraph
Any other whitening tricks are welcome as well!
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post #3 of 9 Old 05-14-2011, 12:33 PM
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To get the stains out, add a spoonful of Oxy clean to your soapy wash water. To cover & brighten white my favorite thing to use is corn starch & a damp toothbrush. Its a little more dense than baby powder and lasts longer in my experience. They make aerosol chalk sprays, marketed for showing cattle but they leave the coat looking dull.
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Chalk is baby power, just in compressed form.
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-14-2011, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you!
I've heard of using oxy clean, its just I dont have the courage do use it :(
Also, would rubbing alcohol work?
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I would try the oxi clean first, if that doesn't work I would clip out the stain as inconspicuously as possible. I would use baby powder or corn starch as a last resort. You can also buy colour sprays from tack stores (Shapely's is the most common brand I think) in White, Grey, Black, Chestnut, Bay, etc.. They work well for spot touch ups at shows.
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Actual chalk used for whitening on animals is not just baby powder. I use chalk on my show dogs you can buy it in any pet catalog that carries show stuff. I actually mix my chalk half and half with baby powder. Chalk alone is very drying to the coat, so by mixing half chalk and half baby powder (or corn starch) you are lessening the drying action of the chalk.
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Thank you!
I've heard of using oxy clean, its just I dont have the courage do use it :(
Also, would rubbing alcohol work?
Don't worry about it. I have a grey gelding, so grey he's white, that loves to be filthy. I use old lady whitening shampoo(I buy it at Walmart). I rinse really well, the stuff suds like crazy, and do his mane, tail, and any problem spots(especially his legs and feet) with Oxy-Clean with some clarifying shampoo mixed in.

I wouldn't use rubbing alcohol(not sure if anyone already mentioned this), because it will dry out the skin which would probably lead to dandruff or itchiness or both(trust me you don't want that!).

Goodluck. Let me know if you find anything handy to use.

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I have a grey gelding and my soap of choice is Ivory dish soap. You have to be sure to only use a small ammount and dilute it in water, you don't want it to iritate their skin. I also mix in some type of whitening shampoo. It works wonders. Also, I soak his white tail in vinnegar, it takes the yellow out but it does makehim smell like a pickle. For problem stains I use a mixture of vinnegar, Ivory soap, and some type of whitening shampoo mixed in water and scrup with a stiff brush, rinse, and repeat.

For show touch ups, I have found that corn startch works best. I have actually never tried the spray on color type things that Sheplys has but I have friends that like it.

A clean pony every time =)

Oh and I always outfit him in his armor...no stains on show day haha
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