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    07-05-2009, 03:38 PM
How did they change colors, can I go back?

My buckskin mare had a gold / honey comb color when I purchased her last August 2008. She was born in MO and sold in May 2008 to a person in SC and then sent to Oklahoma in August 2008 to a sale where I purchased her. The coat color was so beautiful and I was very impressed with the rich dark gold color.

Over the winter her coat lightened, which was expected. However it has stayed a cream buttermilk color instead of turning to the gold / honey color. Pictures are posted in order from August / September 2008 - December 2008 - June 2009. I would like to get that dark coat color again.

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    07-05-2009, 03:40 PM
I know my Palomino fades out when we keep him in the sun. Any chance that is how his coat got lighter?
    07-05-2009, 04:03 PM
Don't know if she was kept in the stall before we got her. But she is out on pasture 24/7 with me.
    07-05-2009, 04:06 PM
Maybe they were feeding more supplements then you are? I know that food sometimes can change a coat around... even to the color.
    07-05-2009, 04:14 PM
Green Broke
Coat colors do change. Especially if they are out in the sun a lot.
    07-05-2009, 04:19 PM
Is she got ample shade and how old is she ?
    07-05-2009, 04:20 PM
I agree with the sun bleaching. I am not sure about buckskins, but with greys they lighten as they get it may have somethin got do with that too. She is adorable by the way! =)
    07-05-2009, 04:45 PM
In the first pictures, she also has dappling, which means she had a... 'health bloom'. Not to say you are taking bad care of her, but the feed/hay/etc. she had been on must have been very good--and for these kinds of horses, it also can effect their color.
    07-05-2009, 05:31 PM
Well, there are two mares on the pature where I am currently keeping this mare. (I have only had my mare at this pasture for about 7 weeks). The dark bay mare (pony / QH type) is as fat as a pig! And has dapples.

What supplements could one give to help enhance the coat color?
    07-05-2009, 05:41 PM
They do have a coat supplement especially for palomino/dun/etc. horses, BUT it will show up in drug tests if you show. So...

The sun is probably part of the problem, most fly sheets have UV protection. Then you can try feeding a show bloom supplement, or coat one (I have used Grand Coat, but it's a tad expensive). More correct work will help too.. she's got a pot belly on her ;) Does she get grain at all?

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