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post #1 of 17 Old 04-26-2013, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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Question Would this be a horrible idea?

My horse has these white marks on his nose due to an idiot tying him up with a chain. I show both english and western, and while the noseband on my english bridle covers it up, if I try to cover it with the Shapeleys touch up and a matte bronzer, it wipes off. I tried even using face paint, and that rubbed off. I don't have time to put it on before the western starts.

My mom had an idea to try something like a root touch-up that people use to touch up gray hair. If I could get the right color, I wouldn't be opposed to it. My concern is that some chemicals could irritate his skin. He hasn't had a problem with sensitive skin, but I don't want to find out the hard way. If I find ammonia free, would I be safe?

Riders aren't 16 and pregnant. Riders are 16 and arthritic.
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post #2 of 17 Old 04-26-2013, 09:36 AM
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I guess it's a possibility to use ammonia free hair dye......BUT have you thought of something like brown food coloring? You can get it at specialty cake/baking stores in a paste form - you could just rub a little on? It certainly would stain the hair and most likely not have all the risks involved with hair dyes?
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I wouldn't use traditional hair dyes (they are rough!) but I've dyed plenty an animal in absurd colors using plant-based natural hair dyes, including my old horse. They don't stink, they last a good while, and they are gentle as can be (you can eat them, at least the kind I had).

I do not remember the brand name, but I'm sure that a google search will lead you into the right direction- or perhaps talk to a groomer (lots of dog groomers do some funky dye stuff with their clients).
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Doesn't "world pepi" have horse products that come in chestnut, black ect? That you just spray on?

Lol wausuaw...I am one of those dog groomers. And yes they make dog dye and "spray on"
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Doesn't "world pepi" have horse products that come in chestnut, black ect? That you just spray on?

Lol wausuaw...I am one of those dog groomers. And yes they make dog dye and "spray on"
That's similar to the Shapeleys stuff I used, just a different brand. It doesn't stay too well, especially with a bridle on.

Riders aren't 16 and pregnant. Riders are 16 and arthritic.
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Ok, just thought I would mention it. I would go with something more permanent then. That way less of a hassle.
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If you had to dye it, go with "henna" hair dye. It's 100% all natural.


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post #8 of 17 Old 04-26-2013, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much, guys! I'll try to get some.

Riders aren't 16 and pregnant. Riders are 16 and arthritic.
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post #9 of 17 Old 04-27-2013, 10:24 AM
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Please, please do not use human hair dye on your horses muzzle. You could end up with a bigger problem than a few white spots. I'm posting a link to some doggy hair dye I use at work. It's a gel so it's simple to use and it won't rub off. It washes out in a couple of washes or fades out on it's own in about 3 weeks. Good luck!

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post #10 of 17 Old 04-27-2013, 08:09 PM
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They make colored hair spray for humans, in the hair dye section/hair spray area.

It stays on well, and is cheap and comes in quite a few colors.

I'd spray some on Q-tip and use that to apply.

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