10-10-2013, 10:28 PM
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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.