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What kind of treatments do you know to get the tail of a horse white again?

If I wash it only with (horse) shampoo it just gets lighter but never really white as it should be. There is always a yellowish color there, expecially at the hair-ends.

I also tried lemon juice, but that won't work either...


Just so you know, I don't wash the tail of my horse every day, but rather when it is warm outside and I would wash him anyway.

  • Have you tried a blue rinse? You may also want to trim if the yellow is primarily at the ends. I don't have a definitive answer though. – John Cavan May 27 '14 at 21:34
  • You can also try bandaging the tail to prevent staining, but that's more for wanting to keep horses in show condition. – user6796 Oct 7 '16 at 12:49
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Usually this is staining. You can prevent staining by using a silicone hair treatment.

Once it's there you can try whitening shampoos or adding a few drops of laundry bluing to the rinse water. Note: if you add too much, yes, you will turn your horse blue. http://mrsstewart.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/All-About-Bluing.pdf

I've used Bon Ami (don't substitute another brand, this one is non-irritating) to get grass and manure stains off of white stockings with good results and it should work on tail hair as well.

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I use 'White-n-Bright', but you can find several products like it. It's a purple liquid the consistency of shampoo. I'm sure it's similar to laundry bluing, but I've never had it turn my horse blue, like was mentioned above. You put a squirt in the wash water, but for stains like you're talking about, I squirt the concentrated liquid on those spots. Get a rubber curry comb to work it in. On the tail, I put a little on the length of the tail, then rub it against itself to work it in. I let it sit, rinse it out, and repeat if necessary. You will eventually get it blindingly white.

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