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post #1 of 60 Old 01-28-2011, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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How to stop a dark bay mare from bleaching?

Molly is a gorgeous dark bay in winter, almost black, but in summer she looks almost like a grulla. Is there a type of sheet or something I can put on her in spring/summer so she doesn't bleach out?

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post #2 of 60 Old 01-28-2011, 10:33 PM
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Winter and summer coats tend to look slightly different to begin with.

If you don't want her to bleach out though, you can get her a fly sheet. To help prevent her neck from also bleaching out, get one that has a neck cover on it.

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Thanks. I was searching Schneiders, and there were separate categories for "stable sheets" and "turnout sheets". Is there a difference?
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For the summer, a fly sheet would be best, as it is still breathable.

I have no idea. LOL. Maybe the fabric?

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What do you think about this one? Wish it came in something other than white, that's sure to be brown in a few days

Soft Interlock Mesh Bellyband Combo Fly Sheet in Other Fly Sheets at Schneider Saddlery
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Yup, that's what you want! You won't find too many fly sheets in darker colours, as they are used during the summer. Lighter colours help reflect the sun, where a dark colour would absorb it.

I think Baker has a light brown plaid one....but I don't know the price on them.
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What a lot of horse owners do is stall the horse during the day and turn them out at night. It also helps to keep the horse from being bothered by flies in the Summer.
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^We would do that, except there's too many coyotes around here at night that would gladly take down a few little mini foals. Plus, Molly weaves if left in for more than a few hours, so I've been leaving her out during the day and most of the night now.

The Baker's 90-100 and doesn't come with a hood. When should I start turning her out with the sheet once I get it?

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I know there is a supplement called Black as Knight on the market. I have heard good things about it but have not personally used it. Blanketing is probably the best option of you though.
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A stable sheet doesn't have the back leg straps. You need the leg straps. If she rolls she could get out of the blancet or get herself cought up in it.
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