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    07-23-2008, 01:48 PM
Green Broke
White-ing horse's tail.

I know I haven't been here for a long time so here is a little update along with a question I made it to state fair for EP and WP so currently im getting ready for that. Roman and I are doing very well, we have mastered our WP lope and our lead changes. We are expected to win our counties fair's grand championships in pleasure. But we will see how that turns out. The baby that I had that we thought had HYPP turns out to have an internal parasite that cannot be identified. So we hit him with a bunch of strong wormer and now lives outside on grass and his strength is building and so is his weight.

Anywayyysss. My question is, would bleaching a horse's tail help get rid of the yellow-ness? I'v done it before and it seemed to help with my old mare who had a all white tail, but im not sure if its damaging. I know not to get bleach on his dock, im just wondering if this really works or not.
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    07-23-2008, 03:00 PM
I would think that it would damage and dry it quite a bit. Also, I have seen bleach actually yellow things.

I use whitening shampoo on Dez' whites and they come out brilliant! :)
    07-23-2008, 03:18 PM
Green Broke
I use whiteing shampoo and whatnot, its just I need to get all the yellow from his tail out, and its seems to not be working. Hmmm...idk.
    07-23-2008, 03:33 PM
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I've used the bleach, it turns it yellow. I take the tail and shove it into the bottle of whitening shampoo so that it is just oozing purple and then I scrub it in, tie it in a knot and leave it for 5 minutes and then I rinse it and do it again 2 more times. You can always buy that white touch up spray and put that in there for show, but spray pepe afterwards to make it shine....

A friend of mine uses that stuff you can buy at the beauty salon stores that they use to strip the color out before dying it. Another friend uses hydrogen peroxide although I've never tried it...

PS - I'm glad the baby is going to be ok.
    07-23-2008, 04:42 PM
Green Broke
I live off the purple shampoo. I used to have 4 greys and it seemed like I needed a new bottle every week =X I have never left it in for 5 minutes tho. I will try that.
    07-24-2008, 03:39 AM
Hey Delete, welcome back!
I don't think bleaching is a good idea, but that whitening shampoo should do the trick. I agree, maybe leave it in a bit longer? ;) Glad you're doing well.
    07-25-2008, 06:14 AM
Personally I wouldnt bleach it but a few good things to use for white tails is sard wonder soap is wonderful, talcum powder also works and is good on white socks and last but not least is just basic shaving cream it works awesomely!!!!!
    07-25-2008, 08:19 AM
I don't have anything extra to add other than welcome back its good to hear you are doing well :) glad baby is well too
    07-25-2008, 02:11 PM
Glad to hear about the baby! Has he started to pop up in height yet?
    07-25-2008, 05:05 PM
ORVUS is awesome for whitening tails.. also Tide with Color Safe bleach works wonders! So far no damage to my geldings tail!!

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