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post #31 of 40 Old 03-24-2012, 05:40 AM
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Maggie goes from this in Summer:


To this in winter:


So I use horse dye to get her looking like this (though a bit lighter, it was the day after dying her and it was a dark pic):


It means she gets to roll around in the sun all summer, and I get my nice dark brown back for winter. Easy fix. I only show her in dressage, where the shade of colour doesn't really matter. I was shown by my old coach how to do the dye job properly so it's really just a matter of getting the dye even on both sides.

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post #32 of 40 Old 03-24-2012, 12:26 PM
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So I use horse dye to get her looking like this (though a bit lighter, it was the day after dying her and it was a dark pic):


It means she gets to roll around in the sun all summer, and I get my nice dark brown back for winter. Easy fix. I only show her in dressage, where the shade of colour doesn't really matter. I was shown by my old coach how to do the dye job properly so it's really just a matter of getting the dye even on both sides.
You dye her whole body? Using what?
I've dyed my bays tail and forelock plenty of times during show season, but I've never heard of whole body.. Now I just use the Shapleys tough up spray in black for all of his points. Quicker and easier.


My bay gelding does fade a considerable amount in the summer, but I don't let it bother me. He's happy outside, and it keeps him moving. He's also open to the barn at all times, as his pasture leads out right from his stall. So it's his choice where he wants to be.

I do feed him paprika, which has helped a TON. Actually, this winter, he's darker than ever. His spring coat is coming in even darker than his winter coat was. It probably will fade some, but the paprika keeps new dark hairs coming in, so it maintains his color.

Funny thing is, he's been on paprika for about two years now, and this winter, do I finally actually see a major difference in his color. I guess it finally kicked in.

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post #33 of 40 Old 03-24-2012, 03:49 PM
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Sorry? Weekly bathing? Um no... That will just make your horse's coat quite dull.

Ever heard about the natural oils in your horses coat? That's what makes their coat nice'n shiny. When you brush, you spread the oils out around the coat- but when you shampoo you wash them out. And they go bye bye. Of course just one or two baths (with shampoo) in the period of a month won't hurt. But.. If you start doing 3 full baths a month for a couple months... Say bye to a healthy coat.

Also wouldn't recommend fly sheeting them 24/7, why not put it on in the morning and off in the evening? Otherwise the poor horsies won't be able to scratch and roll (which actually helps make their coat shiny!).

And- don't take it personally, you almost sounded like a horse beauty practitioner "the soft skin needs some spf", just made me smile!
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post #34 of 40 Old 03-24-2012, 03:58 PM
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Ah yes- Casey Casey.. Hmmm.. PICTURES. Oh and- I have opposite problems than ya'all, she is brown in winter and black in summer (except where the saddle goes). I guess after comparing these photos, she doesn't really fade, she just basically sunburns her coat.

SUMMER- (also see my profile picture)


WINTER- (this is actually right when I got her, she now has a healthier looking coat - but just as brown in winter)
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post #35 of 40 Old 03-24-2012, 04:05 PM
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I don't even have a stable, the best my boy gets is tree's but he does have a summer rug, the neckrug goes all the way up to his ears and the tail flap is wrap-around, it's huge, he also has a tail bag because his tail gets bleached.. And having a brown horse with a burnt orange tail doesn't appeal to me. Plus he gets peeved by the flies like no tomorrow.. I will never get between him and a fly again lol

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post #36 of 40 Old 03-24-2012, 09:35 PM
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You dye her whole body? Using what?
I've dyed my bays tail and forelock plenty of times during show season, but I've never heard of whole body.. Now I just use the Shapleys tough up spray in black for all of his points. Quicker and easier.
Show Pony Colour - Horse Colouring, Horse Dye - That's what I use. And yup, I dye her entire body. I'm not the only one in my area and it works quite well. There's also colour enhancing shampoos that you can get. Joe used to go from a very pale chestnut to a rich, bright chestnut.

I would settle for touch up sprays, if she didn't go such a foul colour and if there wasn't such a difference between her summer and winter coats. With the dye, she stays that colour all year round. I last dyed her this time last year, and she's still the same colour, even though we've just gotten out of summer.

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post #37 of 40 Old 03-25-2012, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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wow! Fades in winter!? That's a first. I've never heard that. But if I think about it could make sense. The longer hair is the more fragile it gets (like it does not get as much nutrients as short hair does). The ends on my old man's mane and tail are red year round no matter what lol. I think its just part of the hair dying off and his mane and tail are quite long (down to shoulders and ground).
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and my horse is super shiny! I bathe him frequently and brush like no tomorrow because we battle rain rot year round. Oxygen is what kills the bacteria (my vet and farrier told me that) they said that if you get the dirt out of the skin and really get it clean it gets exposed to the air and then it keeps skin problems at bay. Sometimes I slack though and he goes 2 weeks without one. Also I've noticed MAJOR mane and tail growth. They said it was because my horse has pretty much no dander or nasty skin problems. I think the shiny comes from a good diet mostly and lots of brushing to get the blood flowing to the skin. I put pony lotion on him and conditioner so it helps alot. And I've noticed the more I fuss over him the shinier it gets, and he seems to really enjoy himself in the process. Idk its all preference I guess. I can post pictures of him in the sun tomorrow and you can see if you think he is shiny or not. I wont bathe him and he has not had a bath in a little over a week and has rolled and stuff so you can see some results. He's still a little brown in some areas because he has not let go of his old winter coat completely.
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