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    06-10-2008, 06:08 AM
  #1
Trained
yet another question...white socks

Ive heard people mention a few different ideas when talking about getting the best white for horses socks but I can't remember them all. I have a good whitening shampoo that gets them pretty clean but there are a couple of grass stains I just can't get out.

Is there anything I can use at the show to touch up her socks if she gets them grubby which is highly likely knowing my possum :roll: lol
     
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    06-10-2008, 06:24 AM
  #2
Yearling
Baby powder mixed with water to form a nice paste will keep them white
     
    06-10-2008, 08:33 AM
  #3
Super Moderator
Show touch up spray. You use it first and then spray pepe over it for shine.

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    06-10-2008, 01:08 PM
  #4
Weanling
1. First thing you want to do is wash them good. Really scrub with any kind of shampoo. Personally I like mane and tail. But any high lather shampoo will work just fine. You're only looking to get out the dirt and the grit with this step.

2. A whitening shampoo with a bluing agent will remove stains. QuikSilver is the one I like.

The reason I recommend two shampoos is because whitening shampoos are designed to whiten. They can be underachievers when it comes to just removing dirt.

3. Clip. When the legs are dry use a 10 blade with the grain. The less white hair there is, the less dirt it can hold.

I'm assuming this is for show purposes. In that case continue with step 4.

4. Before going into the ring brush on cornstarch with a stiff brush. This really helps to clean the hair and mask discolorations.

5. Then brush off with a soft brush. A hairbrush made for babies works really well for this. You're just brushing off the excess unless you want your horse kicking up clouds of white powder. I don't know about the horse show world, but in the dog show world that's grounds for a DQ.
     
    06-10-2008, 03:07 PM
  #5
Showing
Baby powder for last minute fixes before you enter the ring. Putting showsheen is also a good way to keep markings clean. Helps prevent dirts and poo from sticking as much.
     
    06-11-2008, 02:11 AM
  #6
Yearling
Here's how we do it in the Paint and Pinto show world (and as you know... some of them have crazy-white legs!)

1. Under the knee and hock, the hair is clipped AGAINST the grain with a #10 blade. It looks fabulous, if I do say so myself. Remember to do this about 5 days before the show, so the hair has time to settle if you leave any marks.

2. Horse is given a bath, and before drying off is sprayed with show sheen, to help prevent dirt. A lot of people use whitening shampoos, but I don't feel like you have too unless it's above the knee/hock.

3. Come show time, pop out a Shapley's can of white touch up spray! It's incredible. I have it in the black for my bay as well, and I can't say enough good about it.

Not a lot of work required and a really nice turn out. :)
     
    06-11-2008, 05:04 AM
  #7
Yearling
Wow never heard of the cornstarch thing before.
     
    06-11-2008, 06:07 AM
  #8
Foal
White chalk
     
    06-30-2008, 03:21 PM
  #9
Foal
What I do for my horse smokey is I clip his white markings about 7-5 days before the show with a #10 blade, going against the grain of the hair. Then when it comes time for the show you can't see the lines and/or little mistakes. When I bathe him I first lather him up with a basic dirt removing shampoo I like to use Show Clean I think its made by Absorbine, the same company that makes "Show Sheen", it lathers really nice and smells like apples and it really helps in getting dirt off. Then for the white markingings I use Quick Sliver. I usually let that set on the white for about 2-4 minutes depending on if there are really deep stains. But you don't want to let this set for too long, it might dye your horses white markings purple! I've seen it happen! Then once I'm done bathing my horse and his legs are mostly dry, but still a wee bit damp that's when I brush cornstarch or baby power on to his legs, making sure not to leave any pink showing through. The dampness of his legs will make a kind of paste with the cornstarch or baby power. I make sure to really work it in the hair to it sticks in there and doesn't poof off. Then once I'm satisified I brush off any excess. To sort of set the white on I wrap his legs with polo wraps making sure to cover all the white. Then I remove the wraps right before I enter the show ring.
     
    07-01-2008, 02:52 AM
  #10
Foal
Re: yet another question...white socks

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Originally Posted by jazzyrider
ive heard people mention a few different ideas when talking about getting the best white for horses socks but I can't remember them all. I have a good whitening shampoo that gets them pretty clean but there are a couple of grass stains I just can't get out.

Is there anything I can use at the show to touch up her socks if she gets them grubby which is highly likely knowing my possum :roll: lol
Simple Green - use to remove those stubborn grass stains.
     

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