We've already dampened it and given it a
light shampoo with water. We cannot use
an oily shampoo, so we've just wet it with
water and dried it off. So now we're back to
apply the Maximum Effect. I put a dollop of
shampoo so it spreads evenly. I have a
small sponge and you just start in a steady
motion over the horse. If the pony has got
a lighter mane and tail, we have to tie it up.
You don't want to lose her light mane and
We just color her. You must be very
accurate. You must get good coverage and
don't get it all over yourself or you'll be the
same color as the horse. You need some-
one to help; you really need two. One
person doesn't get it done quickly enough.
You leave this on the coat for about twenty
minutes, and you sponge it off. A good tip
is to do it a couple of times. A little dollop of
shampoo I find makes it cover a bit better.
It spreads more. If it’s just runny, I find
personally it runs off a bit, but that's just one
of my hints for shampoo.
If you have a miss, you can certainly patch
this up because this is not a permanent
dye. You can patch it up and match it up
later. Make sure when you're doing the
legs, you get right down and get all under
its flanks and its stomach. I know they don't
see its stomach but its amazing what other
people do see, that you don't see. So
always be aware to make sure its colored
really well. But the most important thing
with this Maximum Effect, do not use a
shampoo to wash your horse first. It is
much better to just put it straight on a damp
If you have to shampoo it, do it the day
before or with a very light oil-less shampoo.
It’s most important to do in their legs, under
their stomach. I use this colour for this pony
because she's quite a light chestnut.
I've got a black and brown mixed together
because I wanted to darken and I do give
her two coats. I’ll do one now and let it dry,
and repeat them. If you've got a horse with
white sock which this one hasn't, you must
band your white sock. You don't have to go
to a lot of trouble. I will put a bit of
sorbolene cream on the socks. When you
go to wash it off if it happens to run off, the
sorbolene stops it.
You must make sure you get right down to
their hooves and the back of their fetlocks
and everywhere. This mare has a stripe on
her face, so I've got to be quite careful
where I go. You must do their ears which
they're not really keen on. You just rub your
sponge over the ear; you'll find it covers
We don't harass them around the head
because they get head shy enough with all
the things we do to them. I always think it is
good for the young girls to help you do
these things because when they come to
do it themselves, they know what they're
doing when they're older and they've got to
do their own.
We've always have young children with us
and they're always helping and learning. It's
a good way to learn. Practical experience is
the only way to learn I think.
She doesn't like it around the head much
but you've just got to go quietly and a small
sponge is much better than a big sponge.
You find a very big sponge saps up all your
color. Make sure you do under the under
the head collar or you'll have a stripe
around her neck like a strap, so make sure
you do under there.
I can tell you, if you get it on your clothes, it
will stain. If you've got a horse that is to
wear a raincoat because I've done it. It
does stop you getting absolutely covered
and always wear gloves. It does save you.
I just keep going until I use all the Maximum
Effect I've got in my bucket.
You'll find this product, this Champion Tails
Maximum Effect product does a very, very
good job. It is very easy to distribute and
economical if used the right way. There is a
color range in it. There are different colours.
I've mixed black and brown for this one.
There is chestnut, there is brown and black.
So you can take your choice but I find with
this mare which I want to make reasonably
dark, this does a good job.
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