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Have you colored your horses hair?!?

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  • Have you colored your horses hair?!?

    Strange question... have you ever colored (or thought about coloring) your horses tail? I have a 3 yo Irish Sport Horse that was born as a dark brown/black with a brown colored tail. After he shed his baby fur, he has become a light dapple grey. So the top of his tail (new growth) and everything else is grey, black, or white- except the bottom of his tail (brown)! I hate for people to think that my horse has stained the bottom of his tail from poor horse husbandry (which is certainly not the case) so I have been thinking about coloring the bottom. My mother is a hair stylist (which may be why I am over-sensitive about it anyway) so I would not be going into this process completely blind/uneducated. And I would not be coloring anywhere near the tailbone.
    Thoughts??
    TIA
    Last edited by GoGrnRideIrish; Mar. 20, 2012, 08:31 PM.
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    #2
    BTW I would be coloring the tail black.

    Thanks again!

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    • #3
      Dozens of Times!!

      I've dyed bleached bays tails black towards the end of summer-all the time! I just use the cheap $8 hair dye, since I go black you have to make sure you don't get the one w/ a purple or blue tint that you can see in the sun. I wet the tail, put it in a plastic grocery bag and start pouring on the dye, then I hold the tail and bag for the time it takes to get black (10min) and then tear a small hole in the bottom of the bag, hold the hose in the top and start rinsing through the bag so that I can direct all the runoff away from the ankles (especially w/ bay horses that have hind socks!) Only once did I acidentally touch a pony butt w/ my glove and give him a little dab of black. Other than that...success every time!

      Yours may be a bit tricky since you are matching a color-I would be careful that it doesn't look to 'perfect', maybe she can put some highlights in to get some contrasting colors!

      Good luck!
      Snapdragon Stables
      Queen Anne, MD
      www.snapdragonstables.com

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      • #4
        Done it on bleached horses with black tails. I hate the red tones that the sun brings. I wil have to try that bag method. I used a plastic sheet under their tail to keep the dye off but that seems easier.

        Now I have a grey and I'm no longer dying black tails.
        I am on my phone 90% of the time. Please ignore typos, misplaced lower case letters, and the random word butchered by autocowreck.

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        • #5
          I hate people for to think that my horse has stained the bottom of his tail from poor horse husbandry

          who is thinking that - not horse people, they know about greys; not non-horse people, they are looking at that cute horse with the multi colored tail & wishing more horses were that colorful

          Dye the tail if you want ...

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          • Original Poster

            #6
            Would you recommend using liquid color, color foam, or color gel (no drip formula)? Does it matter?

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            • #7
              I've dyed a sun-bleached tail lots of times. I go to K-Mart and buy the cheapest black dye available and follow the directions. Just be sure the horse does not swish his tail over his haunches before the tail is completely dry, or you will get a black streak. You should stand by with a damp rag to wipe quickly in case that happens.

              It always looks great and lasts quite a while.
              I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne

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              • #8
                I have dyed my horses tail a number of times. However, I would seriously hesitate before dying a grey horse's tail black. I had a friend who had a grey with a brown bottomed tail and she dyed it and it was quite obvious and looked odd as it grew out.

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                • #9
                  I am a hair stylists and all the girls at work think i should highlight my horses hair...i would personally use a cream proffessional product...because the cheap ones will do more damage to your horses actual hair strands...its course anyways if you keep coloring it the tail will get all nasty...and if you use a professional product then it eill be better for the tail and it wont wash out as fast...if your mom can get you stuff from a pro only store...its really not that much... and i dont mean get stuff from salleys
                  Nothing better than an OTTB.... Just Plan Partners,Penny, you have stolen my heart<3

                  http://secondchancethoroughbreds.org

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                  • #10
                    And if u color it black.... make sure thats what you want....cause your not getting it out
                    Nothing better than an OTTB.... Just Plan Partners,Penny, you have stolen my heart<3

                    http://secondchancethoroughbreds.org

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JumpingAddict93 View Post
                      I am a hair stylists and all the girls at work think i should highlight my horses hair...i would personally use a cream proffessional product...because the cheap ones will do more damage to your horses actual hair strands...its course anyways if you keep coloring it the tail will get all nasty...and if you use a professional product then it eill be better for the tail and it wont wash out as fast...if your mom can get you stuff from a pro only store...its really not that much... and i dont mean get stuff from salleys
                      I dyed my gelding's tail black a couple times to get rid of the red tones, but after asking my hair stylist more about box dyes, how they work, and how they are different than professional dyes I've decided if I do it again I'll use professional products.

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                      • #12
                        I think we need to see a photo of this tail.

                        The miniature horse people color their horse's manes and tails all the time.

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                        • #13


                          Originally posted by TrakHack View Post
                          I dyed my gelding's tail black a couple times to get rid of the red tones, but after asking my hair stylist more about box dyes, how they work, and how they are different than professional dyes I've decided if I do it again I'll use professional products.
                          This makes me happy!!!
                          Nothing better than an OTTB.... Just Plan Partners,Penny, you have stolen my heart<3

                          http://secondchancethoroughbreds.org

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                          • #14
                            As long as you aren't just totally winging it with no idea of what you're doing, it should turn out fine.

                            I'm not going to lie, when I read the title for this thread I thought it was going to be something about someone wanting to add "fun pink streaks to my pwetty horsie's tail!!!"
                            glad that's not the case
                            I like mares. They remind me of myself: stubborn know-it-alls who only acknowledge you if you have food.
                            Titania: 50% horse, 50% hippo
                            Unforgetable: torn between jumping and nap time, bad speller

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                            • #15
                              My grandmother (a hairdresser and non-horsey) was dying her father's parade horses tail and mane black back in the 1950's! Horse was a grey that most would call a "white" horse and it was thought he looked most dapper with dark mane and tail on the white background No it is not weird, pretty sure people do it all the time!

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                              • #16
                                Be prepared to do it and redo it on a grey... It is a lot of upkeep!

                                Otherwise it fades to an even dirtier color and stays forever!
                                ~~Member of the TB's Rule Clique ~~
                                http://www.off-breed-dressage.blogspot.com/

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                                • #17
                                  How much of it is brown? And if his mane isnt completely black and his tail isn't completely black then he might look funny with a completely jet black tail. On bays I get it because they normally have all black tails. But I think solid black on a grey may look odd. Why don't you just let it grow out enough and then cut off the brown part? Are you doing this for a show or for people at the barn? Seems like a hassle for just people at the barn and not a show. JMHO

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                                  • #18
                                    I have not only dyed my horses tail, I have dyed the entire horse when he got really sun bleached.

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                                    • #19
                                      And do you intend to color his tail for his whole life? because dying it black.. as he ages, it will grow out, and he'll look terrible, unless you plan to keep coloring it pretty frequently..
                                      I have CDO. It's like OCD, but all the letters are in alphabetical order, as they should be!

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                                      • #20
                                        I've done quite a few dye jobs for sunbleached tails and the results are just wonderful! Definitely make sure you get the "natural" black though... no good having a tail with blue or purple tints.

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