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post #1 of 10 Old 04-17-2009, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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bleaching out in the sun

my horse has a black coat...but he is not a true black b/c he bleaches like crazy in the summer!!! any tips on how to prevent bleaching in the summer, or should i just let mother nature do its thing???
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-17-2009, 10:54 AM
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A fly sheet or other light weight sheet would probably help to protect his coat.
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post #3 of 10 Old 04-17-2009, 10:56 AM
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I agree with the fly sheet, but that will only protect where it covers. You could switch him from day time turnout to night turnout if possible. Or put him out EARLY in the morning before the sun gets too intense and then bring him in for the afternoon. Then put him back out when the sun starts to go back down and is less intense.
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post #4 of 10 Old 04-17-2009, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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my horsey is pasture boarded all day so unfortuneately that wouldnt work but.....what about blackening shampoo?
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post #5 of 10 Old 04-17-2009, 12:28 PM
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Blackening shampoo is only a quick fix. It eventually fades or washes out in the rain or when they sweat. A friend of mine had a lot of success with Black-As-Knight. I'd look into that. Also, make sure to use coat conditioner and fly spray with sunscreen in it. Here's the Black-As-Knight website:
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post #6 of 10 Old 04-17-2009, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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cool ill have to try that! thanks everyone!!!!
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post #7 of 10 Old 04-17-2009, 05:02 PM
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Read the answer I posted on here:
Fly spray with sun screen? - Yahoo! Answers


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post #8 of 10 Old 04-17-2009, 05:07 PM
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what i would do is keep him in during the day and out at night.
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post #9 of 10 Old 04-17-2009, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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i am definitely going to try that spray!!!
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post #10 of 10 Old 04-17-2009, 07:45 PM
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I would definately suggest a fly sheet with a neck attatchment if night time turnout is not possible. It also helps with the flys too! I've also heard really good things about Black-as-Knight but have no personal experience with it.
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