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    07-19-2010, 02:32 PM
Feeding Black Horses Paprika?

Hey all.

Im new to this forum, and after looking through the boards already, i've seen that using paprika works on black horses? Apparently, it's the main ingredient in Black as Knight. I'm not worried about it coming up on a drug test - I only show locally and around the state, so nothing to big.

how much should I feed it to my mare? she was just body clipped, so her hair is really short (it was done with a 15 blade) and i'm hoping this helps her black hair grow in faster and darker as well as an added supplement. She's always outside 24/7 with a fly mask, and fly sheet that I take off at night. I really don't want to have to buy the Black as Knight, so i'd rather use the paprika.

However, she is finicky on what she eats. Would it possibly me a problem for her to eat it?
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    07-19-2010, 05:22 PM
I would stay away from it myself, but I am a little funny about feeding pepper to animals after a friends dog died from eating a chilie pepper...however flax seed ground in a coffee grinder , and whole black sun flower seeds are amazing for bringing out a natural shine, and it really shows on a black horse. No risk at all , I give 3 table spoons a day of flax, and my black mare looks like she is dripping wet from the shine.
Good luck
    07-19-2010, 05:34 PM
Where would I be able to get the flax seed? And just normal black sun flower seeds? Shell and all? How much of that would I give to her?
    07-19-2010, 06:29 PM
They make Black as Knight without paprika so I'm not sure that's the only ingredient that produces such amazing results. I use the palomino version Gold as Sun and it is AMAZING! Absolutely worth the money the results have been stunning in a very short period of time. My mom uses BasK on her horses and loves it.

Personally, I like using the proper formulas and dosages than trying to make my own version just to be on the safe side.



    07-20-2010, 11:05 AM
I used Paprika on my bay paint and trust me it did WONDERS. :)
    07-20-2010, 11:07 AM
Really? Do you have before and after pictures? I'm leaning more towards the paprika and sun flower seeds - a lot cheaper than BaK! ;]
    07-20-2010, 11:18 AM
I feed my black gelding nothing special and he stays black. My mare is a 'smokey' black and bleaches due to sweat.

My husbands two golden (vs creamish) palominos are very gold - nothing special fed.

It truly depends on the horses 'real' color.

Can YOU eat anything that alters your hair color? Miss Clariol would be out of business.
    07-21-2010, 12:46 AM
I use Black as Knight and it's given me amazing results. However since we show so often we haven't been able to actually keep him on it for more than a week.

This is him this year (at the beginning of the summer) without it:

And last year:

(middle of summer)

(end of summer after being clipped)
    07-21-2010, 01:28 AM
Hes reeeeeally dark red now. And his points are darker. I approove Paprika. Its harmless !
    07-21-2010, 01:40 AM
Originally Posted by mls    
Can YOU eat anything that alters your hair color? Miss Clariol would be out of business.
It doesn't change the hair color but it enhances their natural color and brings out the best in their coat and richness. You sure can eat things that will improve your hair and nails and possibly even protect your growing hair from sun damage which is mostly what they claim.

I've seen it work. I don't care why but I've seen it with my own two eyes so it's worth my money because I'm quite happy with the results.

Edit: In fact, the vet came out yesterday and had a lot to say about how wonderful his coat and color looked. He said he looked great and it was a big difference.

black horses, sunbleach

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