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    08-19-2009, 02:40 PM
Green Broke
Black Percheron

Anyone out there have a black percheron that is suddenly looking bleached and like a bay? Last year Duke was black this year he has faded right out and is brown with light brown highlights???

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    08-19-2009, 02:56 PM
Green Broke
Its caused by being in the sun to much. It happeneds to A LOT of horses. There are supplements that you can give them to make the sun bleached coat stop, and go back to the normal color.
    08-19-2009, 02:58 PM
We have two black percherons and last year one was black as black could be and the other bleached to bay. This year they are both bleached to bay. Do I know what caused the difference from this year to last, I wish I did! There is normaly non fading black and black to my knowledge.
    08-19-2009, 03:02 PM
Green Broke
black perch

Originally Posted by Jillyann    
Its caused by being in the sun to much. It happeneds to A LOT of horses. There are supplements that you can give them to make the sun bleached coat stop, and go back to the normal color.

We wondered if that's what it was. We did have a really long hot dry spell this summer, very little rain. It didn't happen to any of the other horses though. It didn't happen to any of my cousins black percherons and they have hotter drier weather than us.
    08-19-2009, 04:32 PM
Green Broke
Hmm, It could just be his coat then. Some of them are just more sensitive then others are. We have 2 black horses at my barn, one of them bleached out to be a dappled bay, and the other is still completely black.
    08-19-2009, 04:37 PM
Green Broke
My dark dark dark brown (not bay, brown) mare is a buckskin in the summer. I can definitely relate! I was going to give her Black as Night but it shows up on drug tests. As if she would be getting a drug test at lower level eventing but still....
    08-19-2009, 04:41 PM
Green Broke
I just find it strange that he has always been black and now at 12 years he bleaches out.
    08-19-2009, 09:10 PM
It could have been caused by a change in his nutrition. One place that you will always notice nutritional deficiencies is in the coat.

I am not certain but I think maybe it is an iron deficiency that causes a non-fading black horse to fade out...........................maybe. I am nowhere close to certain about that though.
    08-20-2009, 04:36 PM
We turn our black percherons out at night durring the summer and it prevents that from happening. Also a supplement called "black as knight" works well

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