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    11-28-2009, 02:19 PM
I wouldnt think so, its not really anything bad, look up in ur breed regulations if you show breed....and local shows I don't really think so, but it might depand on the area were you show...
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    11-28-2009, 04:30 PM
Originally Posted by Tophandcowgirl    
This is strange. But I have read in a couple places and seen that adding paprika (that red spice) in the feed (about a tablespoon a day) can really brighten up a palominos coat. I don't have a pally, so I've never tried. You can buy bulk paprika in like Sam's Club or whatever.
yep I've heard that - and if you google it - they reckon carrots and pumpkin too...

Never tried the paprika but I also think its swabbable???
    11-29-2009, 09:59 PM
I have a palomino that I'd like to darken a little bit too. I've read the paprika thing as well as nutmeg. I read that those were both in the "Gold as sun" supplement, but I'm not sure. I don't show, I'm just shallow about her looks too (LOL) so I'll try at least one of them for a while. I'll see if I can find more info on the ingredients in the "Gold as sun" supplement.
The carrot suggestion might work too. I think I read once that hay doesn't have as much Vit. A in it as grass does. Carrots have Vitamin A so I'll try giving her those regularly too. Might help, can't hurt.
    11-29-2009, 10:17 PM
Okay here is the info on the label from the Gold as Sun supplement:

Ground Extruded Whole Soybeans, Vegetable Oil, Western South Dakota Chopped Wheat Hay, Molasses, Paprika, Celery Seed, Seaweed, Nutmeg, Pure Cane Sugar, Annatto, Riboflavin, Biotin, Bioflavonoids.

I'm a bargain hunter so I'm going to try giving her a mix of the paprika and nutmeg with some veggie oil for a little while with plenty of carrots for treats. We'll see how it goes.
    11-29-2009, 11:51 PM
^ I want to know how it works out. I will try the Paprika can't hurt I don't show at breed shows til mid summer. Has anyone tried flax seed?
    11-30-2009, 12:21 AM
Paprika is definitely swabable!! They removed it from a product called 'Black as Knight' for that very reason. DO NOT use it, or anything with it in if you are competing
    11-30-2009, 12:28 AM
Using "Gold as Sun" or some of the ingredients in it is your best shot. Personally I would look around for genuine customer product reviews and/or before and after pictures before buying anything, it would be better to live with the light coat now then to waste money and still have the light coat.
    11-30-2009, 06:03 PM
You're problem is the exact opposite of mine. Lol My palomino mare got a lot darker as she aged, especially her hindquarters, so it makes it look like she's been rolling in the dirt all the time.
    11-30-2009, 07:30 PM
So Paprika is harmless?
When will I start to see a change?
How much do I feed him?
P.S. I have paprika in the spice rack
    11-30-2009, 07:48 PM
Try Speedi Beet, its a feed. It darkens your horses coat, and gives them dapples if they don't already have them.

I used it on my mare and she changed from bright orange or a browny orange (cant describe it well), but its also what we use to keep our friesians black.

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