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post #11 of 25 Old 12-04-2010, 11:30 PM
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I agree that it sounds like the cause of a diet change, which can be something as simple as different hay. If you're local feed store has started buying hay from a different source than they were before, thus having different levels of nutrients than before. Taking her off her grain would also have made a difference. I know of some companies that you can send a hair sample too, and they will test and see what vitamins and minerals ect., your horse has at what levels, and what needs to be changed, as well as testing hay as well. I don't know how expensive it is, but you may want to look into that, then you know exactly what it is that your horse is missing, or is getting too much of.
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post #12 of 25 Old 12-05-2010, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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thanks I'll have to look into the hair test idea that's neat!
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post #13 of 25 Old 12-06-2010, 09:58 PM
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I had to laugh because my friend's Buckskin did the exact same thing. He was always changing color. He was a beautiful golden brown color in the summer and a much lighter color in the winter, almost grey. Sometimes, even from day to day he seemed to have a different color. In the summer the black on his legs would be up to his knees and then in the winter it would practically disappear. To me, it seemed to have more to do with the amount of hair on him as opposed to diet. If you rubbed the hair on his legs the wrong way in the winter, the black was still there underneath, but the winter hair that grew over it was just lighter and covered it up.
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post #14 of 25 Old 12-06-2010, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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oh yeah they always seem to get lighter in winter but she just won't ever go back to that golden color she was :( I talked to smart pak today and they gave me some ideas on another supplement to try :)
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post #15 of 25 Old 12-07-2010, 09:01 AM
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Another vote for diet.

She is beautiful, no matter her shade changes.
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post #16 of 25 Old 12-07-2010, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you :) I talked to Smart Pak and she was on their EZ Keeper grass pellets as her multi vitamin, but that was coming off of her last diet change and was enough at the time.

She's been working HARD though since that, showing all the time and we work for an hour 3-4 times a week, so they suggested I switch her to a "performance horse" supplement, so that's what we're going to try next :) I'm also increasing her fat supplement a little bit (Cool Calories) because she's on a very low dose now and it doesn't seem to be doing much, and to me she's looking a teeny bit "ribby" which I don't like to see.

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post #17 of 25 Old 12-07-2010, 12:26 PM
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The other picture that you had posted on the other thread made me think for sure that she was graying out or had some kind of color modifier (such as creme) going on, but in these pictures she looks pretty much the same to me. I think its just a change in diet and a change in the seasons, some horses look darker or lighter in the winter with their woolies on then they do in the summer without.

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post #18 of 25 Old 12-07-2010, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Yes I think that photo was bad lighting or something!! :)

She's always been lighter in winter, but she has never gotten back to that really golden color, even in the summer, anymore. I'll have to wait a few weeks and take another photo of her after she's been on the new feed and see how it goes!

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post #19 of 25 Old 12-07-2010, 01:05 PM
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QHDragon - She is a buckskin... She already has a cream gene. If she had two, she wouldn't of been that dark in the first place.
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post #20 of 25 Old 12-07-2010, 01:24 PM
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Hi, My pony Purley dynamic (Mick) goes lighter in the winter he does not grow winter hair but I have seen that he got lighter maybe that's the same with your horse ohh and I figured out something cool my large pony is related to your horse :)
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