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post #1 of 10 Old 09-09-2011, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Question about making gray horses sleek and shiny! French Fluff??

I've searched previous threads to see if anyone has posted on this lately, but I had no luck!... so here are a couple questions...

I have gray horses and partake in a few shows each year; from local to class A shows. I am wondering if anyone has any tips on how to make gray coats extra sleek and shiny! I have obviously tried show sheen, Ultra, Cowboy Magic, etc., but I'm looking for some "secret tips!" I once heard about doing a hot oil/mayonnaise bath and then putting a winter blanket on for a period of time to keep the oil/mayo warm (obviously not long enough to cause distress in the horse). Has anyone else heard of this?

Another question...has anyone ever tried a "French Fluff" on gray/white tails? I believe it's an old French method of bleaching. I'm very hesitant to try it, but am always looking for whitening methods!

Thanks for any suggestions!
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I've searched previous threads to see if anyone has posted on this lately, but I had no luck!... so here are a couple questions...

I have gray horses and partake in a few shows each year; from local to class A shows. I am wondering if anyone has any tips on how to make gray coats extra sleek and shiny! I have obviously tried show sheen, Ultra, Cowboy Magic, etc., but I'm looking for some "secret tips!" I once heard about doing a hot oil/mayonnaise bath and then putting a winter blanket on for a period of time to keep the oil/mayo warm (obviously not long enough to cause distress in the horse). Has anyone else heard of this?

Another question...has anyone ever tried a "French Fluff" on gray/white tails? I believe it's an old French method of bleaching. I'm very hesitant to try it, but am always looking for whitening methods!

Thanks for any suggestions!
No need to bleach. Go buy some regular whitening shampoo (i use white n brite) and then wash it out and apply a mechanics hand cleaner called "Goop"- purhcased in auto section of walmart, etc. Apply like conditioner, and rinse after 2-5 minutes. You will have a beautiful horse. Goop also works on their bodies.
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I have one gray. I use World Champion Pepi on her body, gives a better shine than show sheen but I'm pretty sure it's silicone based so it is much more slick. For getting her tail back to white I just add a scoop of Oxy Clean into a bucket of soapy water and soak it while I wash her body, gets all the stains out. I've also used it a bit to spot clean but am leery to use it too much on skin.

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The wash tips you got are great. I also use a tea tree product called WOW, WOW® Sustained Equine Action Whitener, Natural Color Restorer, and Green Spot Remover, it's amazing and it helps keep the white parts white. I have pintos so am always looking for amazing whitening products.

I use a conditioner called Kolestral that I buy by the gallon at Sally's Beauty Supply, costs about $26/gal and will last several show seasons for up to 20 horses. I wash them really well then slather the conditioner into mane/tail and then rub it lightly into the body fur. I cover with just a nice wool blend or polar fleece cooler and then let them stand in sunlight for about 20 mins. And rinse off with warm water. It's lots easier to rinse off than mayonaise. If it's really hot out (like over 80F) I tie them under a shade tree so they don't over heat. Otherwise, just out in the sun to warm that conditioner and give them a nice 'hot oil' treatment. Also if you buy clear Henna from Cheval International, and use that as a finishing step the horse will shine like a mirror.

These pics were taken last Feb and the horses are in winter coat. I just gave them warm baths and hot oil conditioning (I used a dryer and ran the warm air over the cooler), clear henna and brushed them up real good for these shots. The owner was very upset with me because I refused to body clip them. I did do bridle paths, noses and a little around the eyes. Don't let the lack of snow fool you. We're in a severe drought and it was DAYUM cold.





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Also if you buy clear Henna from Cheval International, and use that as a finishing step the horse will shine like a mirror.
Going to have to look into that, would have never thought of that, thanks DCA!

BTW - Love, love, love your Avatar horse! Gotta clean the drool off my keyboard

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Going to have to look into that, would have never thought of that, thanks DCA!

BTW - Love, love, love your Avatar horse! Gotta clean the drool off my keyboard

Thanks MH, his name is Desperado Moon, he's my Western Pleasure horse and quite a character.

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Remember grey/ white hair does not have the same light reflective qualities as darker hair so don't be disappointed if your horse doesn't shine like that handsome horse above.
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Remember grey/ white hair does not have the same light reflective qualities as darker hair so don't be disappointed if your horse doesn't shine like that handsome horse above.
Natisha, they may not shine exactly like the black horses I used as example but they will shine incredibly. I have pintos that I use this stuff on and the white hair takes on a kind of irridesence that is really unbelievable. I just don't have a show groomed pic handy of one of the pintos or I'd post it. Here's one of a filly that was at least reasonably well groomed and she'd been conditioned and henna'd within a week of the pic.


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^ Very pretty. What's the boo-boo?
My new horse is a dapple grey. Thanks for the tips.
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^ Very pretty. What's the boo-boo?
My new horse is a dapple grey. Thanks for the tips.
She can be a silly filly at times. Decided to kick the running board on the trailer while I was brushing her forelock and cut her leg. Of course, the photographer was just here for that day so I had to wrap it and suck it up for the photos. Dang thing bled like there was no tomorrow but it really was a nothing cut.

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