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        08-13-2014, 08:36 PM
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    Foal
    Black horses and sun bleaching

    Do black horses bleach out in the summer? My barn has a black horse that does not bleach out. However all the brown horses there bleach out.
    Can black horses bleach out or is it just browns- mistakenly called black- that bleach out?
         
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        08-13-2014, 08:38 PM
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    Foal
    Never mind, I found some articles that answer my question.
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        08-18-2014, 03:01 PM
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    Yearling
    Depends on the horse. There are non fading blacks that do not but many blacks will fade. Some worse than others and I find if they have are smokey black they fade more.
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        08-18-2014, 03:54 PM
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    Foal
    True black horses wont bleach out, dark bays may lighten up but copper deficiencies can make black horses have reddish/brown streaks, normally through the mane and tail.
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        08-18-2014, 04:13 PM
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    Weanling
    I've got a black mare that the previous owners kept penned and under cover 24/7. We let her out at will. In Az sun she gets a "dusty" tone to her black and lots of split ends in her mane. Other than that she pretty much stays black.

    But, my bay lightens in the summer and gets a really pretty deep color in winter.
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        08-20-2014, 11:40 AM
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    Trained
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    Originally Posted by budley95    
    true black horses wont bleach out, dark bays may lighten up but copper deficiencies can make black horses have reddish/brown streaks, normally through the mane and tail.
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    *cough* "true" black horses can and do fade. There is no known genetic difference between a "true" black and a "fading" black.
         
        08-20-2014, 06:09 PM
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    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by budley95    
    true black horses wont bleach out, dark bays may lighten up but copper deficiencies can make black horses have reddish/brown streaks, normally through the mane and tail.
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    just also affirming that true black horses bleach out. I own a homozygous black who bleaches out so badly she looks bay.
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        08-27-2014, 01:29 AM
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    Weanling
    I have a black horse who looks like a dark bay with a black head right now. In winter he is coal, but the Florida summer sun does a number on him. I had a red dun who looked like a dark golden palomino in the summer... except with a red mane and tail.
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        08-28-2014, 03:48 PM
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    Foal
    Yep, my little black mare totally looks like a brown horse right now. In the winter, her coat is coal black. Summer, forget it.
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        08-28-2014, 04:11 PM
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    Foal
    My bay has gotten very dark throughout the summer. I am shocked at much darker he is now than he was last summer.
         

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