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post #1 of 13 Old 08-29-2010, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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How do I get her back to her normal color?!

My mares sun bleached look is driving me CRAZY!

She's naturally almost black/bay but with the sun bleaching she looks more dark chestnut!

Its gross looking! Im seriously ready to use temp human hair dye in a dark brown on her cause I don't want to bring her anywhere with the way her coat looks now.

Would that be a bad idea?? I mean I know people do dye there horses hair.


IF it is okay to dye her hair this was my plan to attempt to keep her dark for next summer:

Dye her, clip her in sept, blanket her for the winter while keeping her on paprika or a different coat supplement, and keep a fly sheet on her during the summer next year.
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-29-2010, 09:27 PM
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No, don't use human dye. Her winter coat will be coming in soon enough and it will be nice dark and pretty. Save your pennies and before March, purchase a tub of Black as Knight. Start feeding it to her in March before the sun gets strong. She will stay dark. It worked great for my dark bay. This year I didn't use it and he's all bleached like her. It definitely is not a good look.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #3 of 13 Old 08-29-2010, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Lol if I can stand looking at it for that long :P

Ill deffinatly invest in some black as knight.

Would it be a bad idea to clip her right now?

Lol its seriously bugging me.
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I've never clipped, so I don't know the answer to that. I'm in Connecticut and my horse is already growing in his winter fuzz. He should get cute again any time now. Maybe try some color enhancing horse shampoo, although that's not worked for me.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #5 of 13 Old 08-29-2010, 09:57 PM
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Seriously? Don't let it bug you that much. Ever heard to the saying that goes somewhere along the lines of "a good horse is never a bad color"? Sounds to me like you're obsessing over it just a bit too much.

Take the precautions with feed supplements and sheets next year if you have to, but don't let it drive you up the wall until then. We've got a dark bay mare that bleaches too, but as long as she's happy and healthy we are too. She's starting to shed out now though and she feels like velvet to the touch. I just want to stroke her all day. ^_^
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post #6 of 13 Old 08-29-2010, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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*sigh* LOL Its still like in the 80s here haha will be for the next like month or so.

I might be able to live :P
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Well, I wouldn't do it on the body, but my guys mane went from black to having reddish ends. Ugly. Since he is a dark chocolate brown, normally, and still is under his mane, I used Colorsilk (human) hair dye on his mane. Just did it today-looks MUCH better. The rest is dappled, so I don't mind it that much, and we will see how long the mane lasts. It said it has UV block in it, so hope it will last. Wouldn't do it on a lighter horse, as it is too easy to get dye on them, but I had no problem at all. Just did one section (a couple of inches) at a time, loosely braided and banded it so that he couln't shake his head and make me look like a dalmation.....Also only did the ends of his forelock. Thankfully that was all that was rust colored. He has a blaze, and I was afraid I would get it all over his face rinsing it.

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Ill deffinatly invest in some black as knight.
Please invest in the fecal check before spending your money on a supplement to help her not bleach out.
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post #9 of 13 Old 08-30-2010, 12:11 PM
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Some flysprays have sunscreen in them. You might try one of those to see if that will help reduce further bleaching.
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post #10 of 13 Old 08-30-2010, 02:38 PM
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Make sure she is on a supplement with adequate copper levels in it...actually I would check to make sure she's NOT deficient, because the darker the horse, the more chances of that happening, and you may need to get a specific type of higher dose supplement from the vet. BUT atleast start at home with a supplement with a good level of copper.

Unfortunately becuase her coat will already be bleached from root to the end of the hair shaft, the only way it will 'change' is when she sheds it out...sometimes, if there is copper deficiency, it may take several shed outs to reestablish her coat color. My black bay quarab took almost 3 full shed outs to gain his proper coat color back after I discovered he was deficient of the copper he needed. This will be a lifetime battle too, so try not to ever have her go off of the supplements with necessary vitamin and minerals.

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