Originally Posted by IslandWave
Just wanted to jump in and say my $.02.
I would NOT keep my five month old foal in a stall. I'd rather have a bleached coat and a happy healthy horse that has room to grow and frolic around with his buddies in a field.
I suppose once you are actively showing and want that pretty coat and he's mature enough to stand in a stall all day, you can keep him in in the daytime. Or use a fly sheet that will protect him from the UV rays. Just keep in mind who he's turned out with and his personality. His friends might try to help him "escape" the sheet or he might pull it off himself! He's a cutie for sure.
I am also with IslandWave.
You don't want to keep ANY horse in a stall more than he has to be! It is MUCH healthier for them to be outside. Bleached coat or not.
If it really matters a lot to you. A lot of people SWEAR by paprika! Paprika is high in copper and is also the main ingredient in Black As Knight . (no, it isn't only for black horses) Copper Deficiency is a cause of fading and bleaching of coats.
But don't go adding copper supplements to your horses diet without consulting and nutritionist. It could cause a lot of things to go out of wack because copper has to be in the right ratio for the other minerals to work. But I think adding a bit a paprika would be okay. Since it is also high in other trace minerals.
Hope that helps.
But don't leave them in! The movement and fresh air is good for overall health