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  1. #1
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    Default Spin off - Getting the tail really clean

    No matter how I wash the tail, or what shampoo I use, there seems to be a residue left on the hair that you can actually see (black hair).
    Any suggestions as to how to get the tail hair really clean?

    Thanks



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    Default Some Vinegar ~ rinses the tail clean ~ and adds some extra "shine" ``

    * Just add a little Vinegar to a bucket of warm water dip tail and then pour over tail from top ```` that vinegar will rinse any and all residue out and leave some extra "SHINE "


    * works in the dishwasher also to eliminate spots ~
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    It might be due to hard water at the barn, soapy things just don't react the same way with hard water. I agree, a vinegar rinse might help.



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    Agreed, vinegar rinses are a great way to clean off any build up of products. You could probably also use a human cleansing shampoo, and then coconut oil/high quality conditioner.
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    Thanks, I have used vinegar in the
    past, wondered if there was anything better.... guess not!



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    Baking soda?



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    Lucky Braids shampoo rinses better than anything I have ever used.
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    Try using less shampoo, and diluting it a bit before you lather.
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    I don't own a gray anymore, but this method seems like it would work. It's from halter horse people so how can it not?



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    do you use shampoo and conditioner, or just shampoo?



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    I have a horse with a really thick tail, and it gets greasy and really dirty over time. Yes hers will have the white residue.

    I wash it 2 times with soap to get it clean. I really get my fingers in there (much to her delight) and scrub well, rinse really really well. I use a horse shampoo which rinses clean and quickly, or head and shoulders with conditioner. I might try some vinegar next time I wash it. Apple or white or does it matter? Due to her greasy type tail I do not usually condition with a conditioner.

    I know there is a baking soda and vodka thread on COTH, but I think I will douse her tail with baking soda in my next tail washing event. Too cold right now (for me) to wash it. This should clean off any residues. I used it on my hair last time and I like what it did. Been a long time since I have used some baking soda on my hair. So why should it not be good for a horse tail?

    I get baking soda from costco, I use it on alot of things around here.

    OH we do have hard water here in our area.
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    Orvis paste rinses better than any shampoo I've used.



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    Dawn Dishwashing liquid - The original blue kind. I like to wash tail with Dawn, let sit a minute or two, and rinse well. Then use a good conditioner, and again, runse well, and end with a vinegar rinse. For the last step, spray in Infusium 23.



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    Atlatl

    Yes that is what I use for horse shampoo. It just simply works REALLY WELL. But still I wash the tail 2 times.

    I am trying baking soda next time. Yeah, baby! I will sip ice cold vodka when I do.



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    I second Orvis as a great general shampoo. Just don't use too much since it's highly concentrated.

    I also second Dawn (or any liquid dishsoap, IME) as a great stain and grime buster. That stuff's made to cut through day old lasagna crust, so it certainly can handle a layer of dried pee or whatever your horse has gotten in to. I can't say if it truly whitens, but it certains gets the physical stuff out.


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