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post #1 of 5 Old 09-05-2012, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Question is he a true black?

i have read lots of articles about keeping a horse black instead of them fading, and then people saying they arent really black!
I have a 'black' horse who has a black face and legs, but his body faded into a browny colour...underneath his coat the hairs are black,,, in the shade he looks pure black,,, but then in bright sunlight he is very reddish.. he is 2 and a half years old
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he is rugged 24/7 except when i took some pics haha
soooo.. is he a black ? or brown :0 either way i love him :)
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-05-2012, 08:10 PM
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Your horse is black.

There are two types of 'true' black- fading and non-fading. Both are black horses, and contrary to common belief, fading is not a sign of being heterozygous for black.

Some horses look black in winter, but still maintain a subtle lightening around the muzzle, eyes, and/or flanks. They may lighten significantly in the summer or remain relatively dark. These horses are not truly black, and are actually "brown" (a misleading term for those unfamiliar with it... it's a variation of the agouti gene- the same gene which causes bay) Your horse doesn't have any such lightening, and so is almost certainly genetically black.
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thank you!
is there a reason he has that rusty colour from the sun even though he is rugged ? :/
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-05-2012, 08:40 PM
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Black with what appears to be some sun bleaching in his mane

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-06-2012, 11:47 AM
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The rug probably helps lessen the amount of sunbleaching, but I don't think it's able to block all the sun. You could use additional products (like supplements such as "Black as Knight" or fly spray with sunblock in it) to lessen the amount that he fades, but you may not be able to stop it entirely without keeping him indoors all day (which I don't recommend!)
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