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post #11 of 41 Old 08-03-2012, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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No, she'd be too hot...she gets sweaty really easily so I can't even have her in a fly sheet, she would be so sweaty! And with the summer we've been having so far, this heat has been unusually BRUTAL here!!! Ohio normally has averages in the low-mid 80's in the summer, with a day here or there that reaches into the low 90's. But THIS year, it's been constant 90's and NO rain, we're having serious drought issues!!!

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post #12 of 41 Old 08-03-2012, 09:18 AM
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Hmm, and sweat bleaches them worse than sunlight... my gelding's coat goes rank if he gets too hot in summer.

Unfortunately I can't think of anything to prevent the bleaching other than stabling her, which you've already said you don't want to do. Seems to me you'll just have to keep dyeing it, or else learn to love the orange.

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Yeah that was the plan I was just interested in the cause of the sun bleaching in my buckskin mare that does NOT occur with some other horses (there's a tri color Paint with a black tail at the barn whose tail stays JET black, along with all the bays!)

They are all turned out as much as my girl, and yet their tails stay very black. So I was interested to see what would cause that...I have even known other buckskins this did NOT happen to. Which is why I was wondering if her chestnut sire's genetic influence could cause that?

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Maaaayyyybeee... but I think it's the same thing that causes fading blacks and non-fading blacks. Some horses just bleach more than others.

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Well that's boring!

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Yeah that was the plan I was just interested in the cause of the sun bleaching in my buckskin mare that does NOT occur with some other horses (there's a tri color Paint with a black tail at the barn whose tail stays JET black, along with all the bays!)

They are all turned out as much as my girl, and yet their tails stay very black. So I was interested to see what would cause that...I have even known other buckskins this did NOT happen to. Which is why I was wondering if her chestnut sire's genetic influence could cause that?
Highly doubt it. And that "tri-color" probably doesn't fade because it's bay like the rest of the bays. It just has a white pattern with it.
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lol it is isn't it! But I bet there's some gene that causes some horses to fade more than others, and it would be awesome if we could breed away from it and have fewer faded blacks about. And less bleaching in our bays and buckskins.

Edit; and chestnuts... my chestnut's coat is feral at the moment, all orange from the bleaching D: (she is shedding through darker, and I'm hoping I can darken her some more)

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Ok I know this thread of mine is old, but I'm still interested in it and no one really knew the answer for certain! Soooo now it's one summer later and her tail is bleaching again as usual...and there is another buckskin at our barn who goes out the exact same amount of time, uses the same amount of fly spray, and doesn't wear a sheet either, so same thing with both her buckskin and mine. But hers has a jet black tail with NO sun bleaching whatsoever in it, while mine looks like this...

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Urine also bleaches the tail out. When they urinate and swat flies at the same time - urine gets everywhere. I have a black and a red dun with black tails. I rinse the tails after a workout when I rinse the sweat off.
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Urine also bleaches the tail out. When they urinate and swat flies at the same time - urine gets everywhere. I have a black and a red dun with black tails. I rinse the tails after a workout when I rinse the sweat off.
I thought about that too, because she is a mare and my friend's buckskin is a gelding so maybe it's in the way they urinate?? However, I noticed her forelock and mane, although not as bad as her tail, bleach a bit too and his don't at all. And most of her bleaching is on top of the tail and where she pees on it (the underside) it's still jet black. So I'm pretty certain it's the sun doing it...I just don't know why my buckskin would bleach so badly and the other buckskin doesn't at all! **scratches head**

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