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post #31 of 35 Old 01-14-2010, 02:41 PM
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black as knight does NOT work. And it's expensive! The BEST thing you can do is give your black horse flaxseed. It works, and it works FAST. Make sure to keep your horse in during the summer though, even sheets can't keep the UV rays from bleaching out his coat. Trust me! I was so desperate for my black horse to be black again, I ended up having to dye him. He had purple socks for a month. :(
I disagree. It did work for me. My horse is a dark bay. He's almost black in winter. Before I started using BAK, he would bleach out to a light burnt orange. As you can see from my avatar, which was taken in the middle of July, he's much darker and a more natural brown. The key is to start it at least a month before the sun gets strong. I'm in Connecticut and start in March.
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post #32 of 35 Old 03-14-2010, 11:16 PM
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Hi I am just an owner but have been reading as much as I can to try and keep my new mare black. THis is what I found in addition to the above info. If a black horse sun bleaches to a reddy colour it often indicates a deficiency in copper and zinc ( black horses need up to 6 x as much copper compared to a light horse). Copper acts like a sunscreen - coppertone name - I guess ( human sunscreen) Paprika (black as night stuff they say) is a melanin maker (makes the colour does not protect it). Omega 3 (from flax) is often deficient or not in the right balance - to omega 6 ( which is good but too much without omega 3 can cause inflammation ) on some hay fed ( grass is often good) . Canola oil is balanced but other are usually not. This give shine and some protection. Do not take this as gospel but look it up and see what you can find out. If you find out more or disagree post it so we can know all there is to know.
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post #33 of 35 Old 03-14-2010, 11:20 PM
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I thought I would add black as night would work for any horse that did not have mineral def. (each horse is different so what is enough for one horse may not be enough for another - this does NOT mean you are a poor horse keeper - it is just your horse's colour is telling you something).
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post #34 of 35 Old 03-14-2010, 11:31 PM
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sorry another add - BOSS - has copper; I guess that is why it works for some, molasses also had a lot but the sugar content (bad especially for hoofs and gut bacteria) is way up there ( there was a study where they gave 2 cups per day and the coat stayed jet black - I did not read this just a relay of another post from the FX forum) .
Paprika will work for any colour as it just makes the melanin the horse is programmed to have.
A black horse also needs the zinc where as other horses that have dull coats usually just have a copper deficiency. Again - post to add or disagree
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post #35 of 35 Old 03-15-2010, 09:26 PM
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I'm adding one more- started reading that canola even though it has omega 3 may not be so good for any living thing! I do not know for sure but we are pretty sure flax is a great omega 3 provider and has been around forever. Canola -not very long. They said it can cause nerve damage ( the outer covering of the nerve) - in people and pigs.
I also read that although it has vit e is actually depletes the body of vit e.
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