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  • Yellow tails...

    Its been years since Ive shown a grey/white horse. My mare will be starting her showing career in about a month, and I wanted to find out what you all use to get the yellow-ish color out of their tail
    "A horse is an Angel without wings"

  • #2
    In my opinion the best way to truly get a white tail is to commit to using a tail bag. Especially on a mare. Typically their tails get stained with urine and dirt, and it's extremely hard to get out. You can try whitening shampoos, laundry detergent, Orvus paste, etc that may help, but to have a really white tail it probably needs to be bagged and maintained regularly.
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    • #3
      I have a typical gross grey, and for his tail I put in Quic Silver and leave it for ten minutes or so. Rinse, and then I put in this conditioner I got from a (human) beauty supply store for taking the yellow out of white hair. I let that sit in there for a while and then rinse.

      It's less harsh than a lot of the other methods, such as lemon dish soap, etc., and if the first wash doesn't get all the yellow out, a second one a few days later may do the trick.

      Obviously a tail bag would work, except that I'm not interested in putting my horse's tail in a bag- too much work and I have a feeling it would irritate him. A little scrubbing and the right tools and he has a gorgeous silver tail.
      You can take a line and say it isn't straight- but that won't change its shape. Jets to Brazil


      • #4
        Blueing, like little old ladies use on their hair. Works GREAT...but be careful to follow directions or you'll have a blue tinted tail instead. It is hard to find anymore, but well worth the search!


        • #5
          I've been working on my mare's tail to get it white. My plan was to do this every week until I got it white, but I haven't stuck to the plan.

          I shampoo it first (I like vetrolin) to get the top layer of dirt and gunk out, then rinse well. I wring out the tail so it's not dripping, and then heavily spray it with vetrolin's green spot out (did I mention I like vetrolin?) and scrub it so it foams up. Then I let it soak. Last week I left it for about 20 minutes, rinsed it, and then sprayed it again and let it sit for about 10 min. and rinsed. Then I put some conditioner in it, let it sit for a few minutes and rinsed very well. The inside of the tail is sparkly silver, and the bottom part of the tail is sort of platinum blonde instead of dirty yellow.

          My intention is to do this for several days in a row, or at least once a week for a few weeks but I never seem to get around to it.

          Check out the lucky braids site http://www.luckybraids.com/grooming-articles.htm it has several articles that should help. I've been meaning to try her whitener, but since I already had the green spot stuff in my barn, that's what I tried because it's an enzyme type remover, and that has worked better than anything else (and I'm on my 2nd grey horse.)


          • Original Poster

            I always swore that I would NEVER get a white horse! One of the schooling horses I grew up on was white and she was such a pain in the butt before a show. And I went ahead and did it anyways.. Its really something that I should have been dealing with from the beginning... Just getting her tail to grow has been a challenge. No one told her that shes an Arab and she is supposed to have lots of hair! It wont grow past her hocks. Thankfully though she is just a jumper and not a pretty show horse. Doesnt anyone have a magic wand or something??
            "A horse is an Angel without wings"


            • #7
              I use blueing from the grocery store!


              • #8
                How far into the graying process is she? Sometimes the "yellow" IS the color of the tail, it's not dirty, while they are graying out.
                The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


                • #9
                  I use blueing as well! Dilute it with Shampoo, make sure it's foamy and not really super blue, leave it on for 10 min or so, and then rinse! Also, after you conditioner I would suggest IMMEDIATELY putting in showsheen while it is still wet - it will completely repel any dirt, dust, etc. when it is dry. Just a little is all you need. For a show, I like to do this, then I comb it out, let my horse graze on grass while it dries, and once it is completely dry I braid it and put it in a tail bag for the next day.


                  • #10

                    I never wanted a gray horse, either, mostly due to fears about melanoma, but now I've got one.

                    Nothing points out your lack of grooming skills better than a "white" horse!
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                    • Original Poster


                      Heres a link to a pic of her...it shows pretty good the yellow-ish in her tail. Hopefully you all can open it. She keeps her self pretty clean, other than certain times of the month This picture doesnt show it, but she is starting to get red freckles on her. And in the winter her rear dapples pretty dark. Other than that she is pretty white-ish. My vet asked me what color I wanted on her coggins...I told him to decide! Shes been darn close to every color since she was born. So far, shes stayed this the longest
                      "A horse is an Angel without wings"


                      • #12
                        I've never had the issue of a yellow tail, but.... wouldn't it be possible to dye it? Like with the white hairdye for people?? Or does it not work on horse hair?


                        • #13
                          I got the advice to use WOW whitener on the tail- of course, I bought it and then the plague descended on my household and between one or another of us being sick haven't used it


                          • #14
                            When I was showing my grey mare, I would simply start working on her tail about a month before show season since I didn't wash it much over the winter. About 3 times a week, I'd wash it with a regular horse shampoo or ivory dish soap, then I'd wash it with QuikSilver and let that sit for 5-10 minutes, then I'd condition it. By the time shows rolled around, it was gleaming and then (relatively) easy to maintain even without a tail bag.


                            • #15
                              Agree with everyone who said START NOW and keep up with it at least once a week.

                              I like QuickSilver and WOW whitener. The WOW is a leave in and you can use it daily as needed.

                              I also had very good results with a yellow mane on a 4 year old who had never had a bath, using Cowboy Magic's 'Shine In, Yellow Out.' You put it in, let it sit, rinse, repeat until the shampoo stops changing colour. It worked super with just ONE TIME application.

                              I also LOVE Fanicful Rinse in "White Minx" for show day. Is ever-so-slightly lavender, which makes everything look just sparkly white. It's a leave in (the name is a misnomer) but not permanent.

                              The biggest thing is keeping after it, once it is clean. If you're showing heavily, bagging might be worth it. Otherwise, the tail gets 'the treatment' at least once a week through the season.
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                              • #16
                                The reall trick is to keep on top of it. When I am approaching competition season I wash the tail EVERY TIME I RIDE. Just "regular" shampoo. If I have time I do shampoo - vinegar rinse - shampoo - plain rinse.

                                Only in the week before the competition do I use "blue" shampoo, and a tail bag.

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                                • #17
                                  I recently tried Quik Color instead of Quik Silver on our white pony, since they say on the bottle that it will make them more "snowy white" rather than "silvery white), and I couldn't find where I'd put the Quik Silver. It really did a nice job on her filthy tail, better than the Quick Silver.


                                  • Original Poster

                                    Originally posted by pintopiaffe View Post

                                    WOW whitener. .
                                    I never heard of this stuff....can I find it in a cataloge? Our tractor supply here SUCKS! They have NO english anything and like 2 shampoos. Ive never seen that cowboy magic yellow out stuff either...guess Im gonna have to do some internet shopping and a whole lot of work. Tell me again why I bought a white horse???
                                    "A horse is an Angel without wings"


                                    • #19
                                      love Fanicful Rinse in "White Minx"...absolute must!! just don't rinse it out
                                      I have made a shampoo concoction out of orvus, clairol shimmering lights, mrs stewarts bluing wash with that first, I have also just started using mane and tail whitening, it comes in a spray bottle so you can spray it on and save your hands from turning blue~~


                                      • #20
                                        I love the Lucky Braids Tail Whitener - it's sort of fun to watch all the yellowness break away/disappear as you spray it on!