Blanketing to prevent Faded color in Summer?

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    11-30-2010, 09:46 PM
Question Blanketing to prevent Faded color in Summer?

Okay. A horse I am looking at adopting is almost pure black with a white stripe, star, snip combo(connected) He is still almost pure black. The rescue got him from an auction. He is the sweetest thing on the face of the earth(I volunteer at the rescue working with horses, dogs, goats, and the chickens)

I absolutely hate the burnt orageish red color that happens when a dark horse is out in the pasture all summer. If he doesn't wear blankets well I will deal with the color but if I can keep him black I would be ecstatic.

1. Would you have to use a fly mask and a sheet with a high neck to keep him black? Or would a normal sheet be fine?
2. Aren't there some "shades" of black that do not fade? If so How would I tell if he is one?
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    11-30-2010, 09:49 PM
There are certain sheets for this purpose, however, certain feed supplements can be added to help a horse keep its black coat black, like Black as Knight. I've never used either, but I heard BaK has great reviews.
    11-30-2010, 10:13 PM
Green Broke
Use a fly sheet that has a neck piece on it. A regular blanket could possibly be too hot.
    11-30-2010, 10:46 PM
Mine gets rubs if I use a fly sheet, so blankets are not an option. I've had very good luck with Black As Knight. You do have to get it into their system before the sun gets too strong for best results. You might be a little late for this season, but it will help.
    11-30-2010, 10:51 PM
We have a black horse. We tried to keep a sheet on her in the summer so she would stay black, but it was a process. We kept a fly sheet on her and a fly mask with uv protection. Her legs still got bleached and the ends of he mane did too. Our summers are HOT and so she was getting really sweaty even with just the fly sheet, so we stopped with that.
So we got advice from a fellow horse person and they said to let her out at night and keep her inside during the day. We did this for awhile, but we didn't keep on top of it. We let her out all day with the other horses and by the end of the summer, she looked lke a buckskin because she was so bleached out. :roll:
Some blacks don't bleach. My friend's black horse is pitch black all year round, no matter how much sun he gets. Unless you are using the horse for showing and want her to look perfect, I wouldn't try too hard to keep her from bleaching out. They will eventuall go back to being black again. There are however, feeds you can give to keep the horses color. We just have never tried them.
    12-01-2010, 05:48 PM
Apparently the Horse got adopted Yesterday. The barn manager at the rescue thought I would get bored on him. Know that I have learned more I am thinking he was right. But Thanks! I may end up with a dark horse.
    12-05-2010, 11:01 PM
Turns out, the people who were going to adopt him never showed up to see him(the rescue waited for 3 hours for the people to show up) and I got him as an early Christmas present. So Ace is officially mine.

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