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    06-16-2014, 12:25 AM
Bleached Coat

My colt is a brown and usually looks dark bay in the winter and bay in the summer. Today I went out to see him (I only get to go once a week) and his coat just looks terrible. Blonde all throughout his mane and tail and his coat kind of has a yellowish tinge to it. His mane and tail already had some lighter hairs throughout but not this bad.
It has been very humid with highs of 90 degrees and lots of rain so maybe that's a contributing factor. Could it be that he is just sun bleached or could this be caused by a mineral deficiency or something else he is lacking?
I wasn't able to get any pics today but here are some of how he normally looks. First in August 2013, Second November 2013, third May 2014
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    06-16-2014, 04:53 AM
He looks shiny and healthy, so I think it is just sun bleaching. Does he sweat a lot? That is a contributing factor to bleaching - I know horses who don't stand in the sun too much after sweating through work, but the saddle, girth and chest area bleach out because they were sweaty.

Now you cannot really do much to keep him from bleaching, but I actually believe that the color changes of brown horses are amazing :)
    06-16-2014, 09:17 AM
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He might be missing copper - you could check his blood (or, alternatively, water/hay/pasture) for its' levels.
    06-16-2014, 10:58 AM
He is on pasture 24/7 and sweats a ton. Its usually worse on his chest, neck and right at the withers so I guess it could be the sweat then. The vet is due to come out soon so it wouldn't hurt to just run some bloodwork. At this rate I swear he's going to look like a palomino by the end of summer
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    06-16-2014, 11:52 AM
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Increased sweating may indicate health problems, mineral imbalance in particular. Bloodwork won't hurt (well, not much ), I'd definitely do it.
    06-17-2014, 12:48 AM
I have a brown and your horse is actually darker than him in the summer. My horse looks black in the winter, and is a bit lighter than your first picture by the end of the summer. I actually find it quite handsome and unique.
    06-19-2014, 06:05 PM
I was able to facetime with my vet (gotta love technology :P). She has no concerns and believes it is most likely due to a mineral imbalance. So I'm starting him on a mineral/electrolyte mix she recommended which I am hoping will help
    06-19-2014, 08:03 PM
Wow, he's beautiful :O I hope the new minerals gets it all sorted out~

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