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  • Fading black horse

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    12-27-2012, 04:38 PM
I really want to keep her black, but I don't think it will happen. Even if I do keep a blanket on her, the sun will eventually get to her. So the times I do put the blanket on her, it will prevent the sun from getting to her on those days and therefore, keeping her more black, and less brown.

It is confusing but it is hard to put in words. Overall, she will not be living in a blanket.
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    12-27-2012, 04:40 PM
Every day the sun touches your horse, it affects the hair. A couple days of blanketing will not stop the fading process. Usually within a month or two of my two black horses being outdoors all day after April, they'll be brownish. That's why I kept my black show horse inside during the day. There's just no way around it, unfortunately.
    12-27-2012, 04:50 PM
Horse turned out during the day:

Same horse turned out only at night:

Honestly, I don't think it really matters. Even with the brown he didn't look horrible.
    12-27-2012, 04:50 PM
Originally Posted by Breezy2011    
I am asking for opinions, and you gave me yours so thanks.
    12-27-2012, 04:53 PM
Originally Posted by oh vair oh    
Horse turned out during the day:

Same horse turned out only at night:

Honestly, I don't think it really matters. Even with the brown he didn't look horrible.
Honestly, I think the night turnout is the best option, but I do not have that option so I just have to live with keeping her out 24/7.
    12-27-2012, 04:55 PM
That's fine. I just would caution you against getting obsessed about keeping it black out of your means. You do what you can with what you got, right? :)
    12-27-2012, 05:03 PM
Exactly! I am not going to do everything possible. I will bathe her with shampoo specifically for black horses, before shows, I will blanket her when I need to, and I will trim the brown out of her mane and tail. That is about all I can and will do.
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    12-27-2012, 07:49 PM
This is Cash , he's is a black TWH ..One is of him this winter and one is of him in the summer....he is out 24/7
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    12-27-2012, 08:34 PM
Okay, so Cash fades too. He is a pretty horse.
    12-27-2012, 08:57 PM
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Black horses carry the gene to manufacture black pigment (known as E) without the Agouti (A) modifier that restricts the location of the black pigment, and without any of the dilute modifiers (such as Cream or Dun).

The reason that some horses are non-fading black may actually have to do with an inability to create RED pigment. If I remember correctly, pheomelanin (red) breaks down into a number of component molecules when exposed to UV radiation, including one that oxidizes eumelanin (black pigment). The absence of red pigment in the hair shaft would also reduce the characteristic "burned" or "rusty" look of the coat in the event the eumelanin was oxidized by other chemicals.

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