Does Black as Night really work? What is everyone's thoughts? I have a very dark bay horse or supposed to be anyway but she is so badly bleached out. I live in Southern California and she is kept in a 24x24 pen so is in the sun all 24/7 and no way to get out of it unless she decides to stand under her cover. And if I did start her on this when should I do it? Now? Or closer to Feb when she would begin to lose her coat?
Yes, BaK really works. Like Solon said, you have to start feeding it either a few weeks before the summer coat comes in or a few weeks before the winter coat comes in.
I have tried both straight paprika and Nu-Image Dark Horse and haven't found them to be as effective.
I started my mare on Nu-Image around May this year. Her summer coat was already grown in, but it didn't matter because she was already black from the BaK. So if the Nu-Image worked, she should have stayed black and if it didn't work, she should have faded. Well... she immediately faded. I put her back on BaK (this was now about 4 weeks after I started Nu-Image), and so far every scrape she's gotten the hair has grown back jet black. I'll take a picture tomorrow and post it here.
As far as paprika... I found that to be totally ineffective. BaK contains paprika among a lot of other things, including soybean and flaxseed - both of which contain much more copper than paprika does.
Here's what my mare looked early this summer on BaK:
And here she is after just a few weeks of Nu-Image:
I'll come back with the picture of the black regrowth : )
It probably depends on the individual horse. We had a boarder that tried BAK and it didn't work and was way more expensive than basic paprika which worked just fine. Horse stayed black with daily pasture turnout that had no shade.
I need this thing so bad. My friesian is a bloody chestnut =/ I just checked the prices, I knew it was pricey but OMG... plus I didn't find a single eshop selling it in Europe and having it shipped from US would double (if not tripple) the price. I mean, last week I wanted to order an english saddlebag for $19 and when I asked what the shipping would be they said 47$! I can't really afford paying that much just to have the item delivered... Is it easy to get this thing in US? Do you have any tips where to get it? I found the official BaK website ships it from Netherlands but their prices were three times as much as those I found in the US shops, but then again when I add the shipping it's the same in the end... Can you give me some advice?
That is the funny thing, I have absolutely no clue what paprika is. In my language (and most slavic ones I believe) paprika means 'a pepper' (the vegetable) but I don't really dare to guess if it has something in common with the actual paprika. Once after reading a thread about paprika on this forum I had a dream about feeding horses peppers I've tried to google paprika a good couple of times but I haven't found a site where it would say WHAT it is, it always only gives an advice about how to use it on horses. Can you please specify what exactly I should look for as paprika? So far I've only learned that it is a powder.
Also, when do I start using paprika? Many people here say I should do it in spring when the coat changes but what about now? The horse is going to start to change his coat soon (I believe in a month or two) so let's say I get the paprika this week or the next one, can I start using it right away? Will it keep the coat black? My friesian has had a couple of scratches and the hairs grew back totally black so I'm not worried that much about the colour of the new coat but whether it will bleach that badly again.