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It takes a lot of maintenance to keep those manes and tails clean and bright. I braid and keep them put up in socks for the tails. The manes, I braid and roll up the braids and we do it weekly. Let them down, wash, condition, dry, braid and put up, weekly. I use Vetrolin White N Bright Shampoo,
Liquid Bottle Fluid Drink Gas
, Professional Cholesterol Cream Conditioner (from Sally's)
Liquid Fluid Paint Cream Chemical compound

and Roux Fanci Full White Minx or Ultra White Minx (to cover any yellow)
Bottle Liquid Fluid Glass bottle Drink


It takes work and it's easier to keep the mane and tail clean than it is to get it clean from being really dirty and discolored, but it can be done. I buy everything but the Vetrolin at Sally's Beauty Supply. TSC carries the Vetrolin products.
 

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I’ve never heard of these two products before, and I am definitely going to give them a try! I’m big on braiding the mane and then placing the braids in protective bags, but I get worried about horses not being able to kill the flies with their tails (and we have a horrible yellow fly problem down here in the southeast). So I’d have to skip on the tail bag!
Oh yes, as an owner and lover of gray paints, I am very well versed in the use of Vetrolin’s White N Bright. The only thing is that it doesn’t always tackle that deep set yellow staining.
Do you use it in full concentration when you do the tail?
The Roux FanciFull and Cholesterol conditioner are both people products that you buy at a beauty supply shop. I don't know what they cost now, but they were very cheap the last time I bought them. The FanciFull I found out about because one of my aunts used it on her white hair when she washed and set it (back in the 60's & 70's) and I've been using it on my horses ever since. I covers any yellow in the tail and mane and washes right out next bath, so doesn't violate any "natural color" rules the breed associations have.

The tail bags are great fly swatters. They can swing those things hard and I've had no problems with them killing flies with those bags. LOL! They sting when they get you in the face with 'em.

I wet the tail and mane thoroughly, then rub the shampoo in, full strength, then run enough water in the mane and tail to get good suds an let it sit for 5 mins or so. Best if the sun is cooking that day. Wear gloves, your fingers and fingernails are going to get stained if you don't.

You can put Mrs. Stewart's Laundry Bluing in a pail of water and rinse the tail and mane with it, just be careful not to use too much, it can turn the mane & tail blue, BTDT. Another product that's really good is Cowboy Magic Green Spot Remover. That stuff is really good for last minute touch ups.
 
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