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post #1 of 4 Old 02-16-2015, 05:32 AM Thread Starter
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Purple shampoo not making horse white?

So I got some purple horse shampoo stuff for white horses and it said to dilute it in water and I did all that. It works really really well with getting stains out of her body but her tail is still yellow, even after scrubbing it with the shampoo for half an hour. I have no idea how to get it white without cutting it off, any ideas?
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-16-2015, 10:20 AM
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Try peroxide. Put it in a pail and then immerse the whole tail in the pail and let it sit while occasionally working it around with your hands. Some will disagree based on the fact that it can make the hair more brittle. Your decision.

Tide and Oxyclean is also reported as working well, but others will again disagree based on the fact that tide (nor Oxyclean AFAIK) is necessarily something that you'd use for your own hair, therefore isn't wise to use on your horses, but a lot of people do it without issue so long as you rinse extremely well. I think the key is, if you're overly worried about it, is to not wash the dock area, thereby eliminating any skin contact that could create any allergic reactions...but it seems like such is pretty rare overall.

In desperation some people resort to bleach. THAT is hard on the hair even more so than peroxide, so do some reading before resorting to that if you must.

White tails are not an easy task. Whatever you do you're not going to end up with a gleaming white tail in a single "magic" wash or any sort. I've seen kids at our barn fight with tails an entire show season and still end up with what they'd surely like in the end.

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post #3 of 4 Old 02-16-2015, 10:25 AM
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Even simpler: put a few drops of laundry blueing in a bucket of water and rinse the tail in it after washing. Don't get carried away with the stuff though, or you will have a BLUE tail to deal with.
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The old fashioned laundry blueing was what I used when I had white or gray horses.

It's what the old ladies used to use to keep their hair snow white as well. Used to see old ladies with blue hair a lot more often when I was a kid before all the fancy dyes and concoctions came out. The blue started out as a grooming accident but a few eccentric old gals liked the blue and would do it intentionally.

Really only takes just a few drops.
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