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        09-24-2011, 08:35 AM
    This horse tested Aa from UC Davis. I would have SWORE she was black. I think I even used her as an example of a faded black.

    Just goes to show you, how hard it can be to tell without a test. I agree that keeping her blanketed or out of the sun with keep her darker, black or brown. Some people also have luck feeding paprika or black oil sunflower seeds to keep them darker. I haven't tried either. Oh one more suggestion, mineral deficiencies can also cause a coat to fade especially copper and selenium. You may want to try a low salt mineral supplement formulated for your area.

    Here her thread that talks about her testing.
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        09-24-2011, 03:39 PM
    Oh she is just gorgeous!
    She looks like she's a bay/black and is a little sunbleached. She might end up being a seal black (black in winter, black with any shade of brown on the underhairs.) Bays can often have the primitive dorsal stripe, as well.
        09-24-2011, 04:56 PM
    Continually trying to keep this girl at a decent weight..... She gets about 5 lbs. Of Purina Strategy pellets morning and night, has a mineral salt block, gets wormed regularly...... seems like if her ribs aren't showing, then her hips are.....
        09-24-2011, 08:14 PM
    Have you tried just feeding her some Omolene? It's nothing special but I use that on my hard keeper horses, one or two scoops per feeding!
        09-24-2011, 10:46 PM
    I would have her tested for low copper levels...if she is deficient in that, it could explain her extreme sunbleaching as well as the difficulty keeping weight on her. Even if she comes back at "okay" levels, I would try to supplement her with a mineral/vitamin supp that has a good amount of copper in it. Make sure when you supplement, she doesn't have access to other sources, since that could lead to overdoses of certain vitamins, or minerals ;)
        09-25-2011, 12:39 AM
    Okay, I'll check into the copper levels. They do a blood test or hair sample? Thanks!
        09-29-2011, 03:17 PM
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    Could she possibly be a sooty buckskin? Don't know all about the genetics (I am trying to learn more!) but I have seen some sooty buckskins that were similar to that.
        09-29-2011, 04:22 PM
    The horse at the top of this page turned out to be a buckskin. Jewel can't be because neither of her parents carry the cream gene.
        09-29-2011, 08:11 PM
    I didn't see it mentioned that a test for cream gene was done and came out negative?
        09-29-2011, 08:53 PM
    For the OP's mare? It would be pointless because her parents are black and brown..

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