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  • Best way to help my horse not fade color

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    03-23-2012, 10:00 AM
I will take precautions to help my horse not fade, but it's not high on my priority list.

HOWEVER, I will be stalling her during the day because she is so dark, she sweats just standing outside now with the sun beating down on her, absolutely no shade, and her coat isn't shed out yet. I don't care if anyone thinks I'm babying my horse. She is my horse and it is my responsibility to care for her to the best of my abilities, the way I believe she should be cared for.
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    03-23-2012, 10:50 AM
Green Broke
I have Arabians & Saddlebreds & I'm pretty sure they would run themselves to death from bugs if kept outside overnight in summer.
    03-23-2012, 11:01 AM
My true black stays black - out 24/7 with access to a run in. My smokey may fade but who cares. The two palominos are golden and stay golden on 24/7 turnout in the summer. Only sheeted after a bath to stay clean for a competition.
    03-24-2012, 02:02 AM
Those of you who have fair skinned horses, fly sheets are awesome but the soft skin needs some spf. You can just use some regular stuff for people. Those who have true blacks I envy you lol. To those of you who who don't agree about the mentioned stalling arangements, my horse stayed out all day today :) ...because it was overcast most of the day. He's allowed out in the sun in the early morning hours until it starts to heat up, but he is never out unless he has some sort of sun screen and fly sheet on. Also my horse does not mind it indoors when it is heating up during the day due to his box fan and and super clean barn that has a small amount of flies lol. If he were out he would be under his big ol shade tree as much as he could.
    03-24-2012, 02:09 AM
Also some horses are kinda intolerant of heat so sometimes its medical. If you have fly problems out in your field maybe its time to pick the manure out of it and dilute it in water then spray it out in your pasture to help keep down the population. There are all kinds of ways to fight pests. Sprays, feed through methods (i don't use this method), and there are even fly predators you can shake around pasture and barn areas. Alot of people use them around arenas and round pens. I keep manure under control and it helps me out alot with my fly problem.
    03-24-2012, 02:10 AM
I have a non fading and a fading black.
I do prefer the shiny black coat. I refuse to stall them, though.
    03-24-2012, 02:27 AM
Sometimes it amounts to to much work. Over the years my horse and I have gotten into the routine and quite frankly he tells me when he's ready to be let out by mulching his stall. Then I know he needs some turn out and I let him loose. However the routine has gotten quite fool proof and he has not mulched in a long time. Then again I've had my horse for 10 years and you get to know each other very well in that span of time lol.
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    03-24-2012, 02:35 AM
I have had my fading horse 8 years, since the day he was weaned! I love him, I don't care for the orange, faded look, but have found if we ride him, he sweats, and turns black again.
    03-24-2012, 02:43 AM
Yeah so have I. I've done alot of digging and trial and error and I've found that the salt dried out EVERTHING. It fades and makes the hair feel dry. I try to take special precautions to at least take a damp sponge or towel and rub the salt off. Im a clean freak and its a good thing cause my horse easily gets rain rot :/
    03-24-2012, 02:48 AM
Oh sorry I read that wrong lol. Moisture does make them look darker ha ha.

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