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post #1 of 7 Old 10-10-2013, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Grooming tips, new horse owners

So I have taken on a rescue horse, I do have the budget and means to care for this horse, I am willing to learn I just need some pointers. Any way, he has a great coat, still under weight but building up like a champ, his mane is black with some brown but has alot of 'snow flaks' so to say, I put some baby oil but did to much and hd to wash it out due to being afraid to much oil and he could get burned as he spends alot of time outside, what can I do to keep him black and get the brownout of his coat and or his tail and mane. Very nice thick mane and tail, he is great, he just got gelded too.
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-10-2013, 12:53 PM
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The only real way to avoid having a black horse bleach out is to keep them in a sleazy, or something similar. Or keep them inside, out of the sun.

EDIT-The only real way that /I/ know of! xD
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-10-2013, 09:17 PM
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You might actually be seeing his winter coat color coming in...tis the season and all of Mother Natures creatures are preparing for the coming cold months where you live.
If he is still sleek and summer coated, keep him in during the day and out at night so no sun bleaching.

A fly sheet with sunscreen in it will also protect his coat from fade and his body will benefit from less pesky flies bothering him...

Some also feed their horses I think sunflower seed (not positive about this!) and it helps keep their coat darker...
check with your vet, friends or feed store ...they should be able to point you in the right direction.
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I've heard that EQyss's premier rehydrant marigold scent spray prevents sunbleaching, but I've also heard the exact opposite.
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The brown in the coat, mane and probably tail are probably just normal coloring. Even a horse that looks like they have a solid black mane or tail can have brown strands running through it. Use a conditioner in the mane and tail like you would your own hair. It'll keep it moisturized, keep it strong and help avoid hair breaking off.

As for the coat, not sure what you mean by "snow flakes." Do yo mean white patches and/or white hairs in the coat? Again, this could just be the natural color or indication of some aging. As was suggested, using a fly sheet to keep the coat covered in the high sun will help avoid bleaching, or turnout only in the evening hours. As also was indicated, winter coats are starting to come in and sometimes there can be some changes in color that will shed out in the Spring.

What is important right now is to maintain the nutrition value of his feed to help his coat as much as possible. You can add corn oil to his feed to help with coat "shine" and it will also help to add weight. There are supplements out there can also keep the coat from fading even in high sun but most are illegal for use in a rated show as they contain Paprika, which results in Capsacin reading in a drug screen..the use of Capsacin is what is illegal. Not because it darkens the coat but because it causes a heat reaction (think hot sauce in your mouth) and people have been known to use it topically on the horse in certain er, sensitive areas to get more animated action/moverment.
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Thank you everyone!! He is putting on good weight, and just the tips of his tail and mane are brown ish, and snow flakes I mean like dandruff. Just in his mane , not so much his tail and not his body. And I wouldn't want to use anything harsh on him. Talked to the vet today she is very happy with his progress, he just got his teeth floated and farrier came out. Great feet, great hoofs, great everything. I am so happy with him, right now he is getting Purina senior and also alfalfa between feedings.
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-14-2013, 06:38 PM
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It is very hard to keep the brown from showing through! Even supper black Fresians have brown in their mains! And I wouldn't put him through to much to get a pure black main. But using Cowboy Magic De-Tangler will keep the main healthy and will decrease the amount of black hairs.
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