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post #1 of 12 Old 04-17-2013, 05:07 AM Thread Starter
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Temporary horse dye?

Gosh I hope i don't get too many haters from this haha!
Basically, I have a fancy dress show coming up next week, and Baloo and I are dressing up as a Ringwraith/Nazgul.
So, B bear is bay, and technically the Nazguls steeds should be black. So, I'm looking for some kind of temporary dye- I've even considered just rubbing him with charcoal haha.
So, any other ideas to make him black/dark for a day? :)
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-17-2013, 06:34 AM
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I don't know if you could cover the whole horse with dye, what about trying a black rug or sheet and cut some legs off tights and pull them over his legs?

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post #3 of 12 Old 04-17-2013, 07:13 AM
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Maybe something like a black sleezy. I have used people hair dye on my horses mane, with minimal contact to his skin. But to dye the whole horse-I sure wouldn't. It would be just my lucky he would have a reaction, be one huge hive and be unrideable.

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post #4 of 12 Old 04-17-2013, 04:07 PM
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Could use non-toxic poster paint on the exposed areas to make them black. Or if maybe this stuff would work...

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I like the ideas of a black sleezy and tights, those will be easier on his skin and WAY easier on your tack/clothes etc. Then just touch up the exposed areas with non-toxic people grade face paint? I have used spray on glitter/ spray on hair color on horses to no ill effect (generally if it is safe for people skin it is ok for many horses) If you found a spray on temporary hair color in black (like they have at Halloween) you could try that, but it sounds like a huge mess to me! :p Best of luck! I hope we get pictures of the finished product!

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post #6 of 12 Old 04-17-2013, 04:39 PM
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I think I'd go for a black slinky and some sort of creation with black sheets, pretty sure all dyes have the risk of being an irritant and don't they actually affect the real colour even after they've washed out?
I just cant think of anything but I sometimes wish someone would invent a dye for grey horses that insist on rolling in the dirt and s**t all the time
Please post pics of the finished result whatever you go with
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post #7 of 12 Old 04-17-2013, 04:49 PM
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My mare and I dressed up as the Nazgul horse and rider one year too! Maybe you can get a couple of ideas from our photos. I didn't have to worry about the dye or anything though, she's naturally a really dark dark bay almost black horse.

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You might check with a dog groomer to see what people use when they dye their Poodles. But maybe that isn't temporary...I don't know
Then there is that hair color for people that washes out after a few washings. Can't remember what it is called. But as someone else said, you don't want your horse to have a reaction.
Well, good luck, and please post photos of the finished product.

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post #9 of 12 Old 04-18-2013, 11:06 AM
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Dog groomer here :) This is what I use in my salon. However, for a whole horse... might be a bit pricy. It is non-toxic and washes out in a couple of baths or will "shed out" in about 3 weeks.

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This next stuff can be used in a spray bottle so it might be a better option for you. I've heard good things about it from other groomers.


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post #10 of 12 Old 04-18-2013, 01:21 PM
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Just go to hair section of wrongmart and get black hairspray. Works great, is not too pricey and will stay on long enough for your needs.

We would use it to cover any areas of hair loss for show horses.

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