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        08-13-2012, 09:52 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    I got my Piant last year and looked at him when he was finnishing shedding out and he was pretty and DARK black loved it, then after a few months faded pretty badly :( he doesnt like blankets and I worry that if he fights with my moms horse he could mess it up. So I just feed flax so its shinny! Bit he's a pretty black overo paint with some tan/brown/bleach going on... its not that bad it looks kind of cool in the sun light.. I might be trying a supplement next year.

    What about the horse shampoo that darkends darks?
         
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        08-13-2012, 10:58 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Moonshadow I don't know about the copper deficency,but I live in texas where it is 650 degrees for like 5 months! And Ii use this stuff that if you hit me up tomorrow I will give you the name,it works on all my colors, 1black,1bay, 2 liver chestnuts and a sorrel and they all keep their color even on their shoulders! My sister that lives in Tennesse, comes here and can't believe my horses are NOT washed out, she uses it now...and now her horses arent washed out,, it is a very innexpensive spray, I brush on 2-3 times a week, well I do it everyday for 1 week in the beginning then alternate,it works for me!!
         
        08-14-2012, 01:52 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Celeste- Me too! I just gave up this summer, but now I'm noticing the consequences....

    HarleyWood- I tried the shampoo/conditioner QuicBlack and it made her coat really soft but didn't help much with the color. How much flax do you give a day?

    Stormylass- OMG they keep their color?!?!?!?! What is this magical spray??????
         
        08-14-2012, 01:56 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Paprika is the main ingredient in Black as knight. I sprinkle 2 tablespoons on my grullas food, and it works well. Some put up to 1/2 a cup.
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        08-14-2012, 02:27 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Hey guys her it is: Healthy Hair Care products, the Hair Moisturizer ! It is like 10-12 dollars for I think about a quart. It says makes 2 gallons...BUT I BARELY DILUTE IT, like in a fly spray bottle I would put between the 1/2 >3/4 mark of the bottle NOT the neck then put water in up to the neck . Neck is not included I use it for one week everyday using the finishing brush to brush it in, then after that week I put it on about 3 times a week , and always after bath, I just spray do a quick brush in and done. I really love the stuff,IT WORKS FOR ME! I hope it works for you! I used to buy all that expensive stuff then everyone started talking about my horses..so hmmm must be something to it!!
         
        08-14-2012, 05:36 PM
      #16
    Foal
    I am going to buy that!!!! <3<3<3<3

    Couple questions though: Do you use it year round? Do you use it during shedding seasons? Can the horses sweat it off easily (mine's out 24/7) or does the skin absorb it? -- Don't expect you to know the last one, I was just curious :)
         
        08-14-2012, 05:45 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Ok, just kind of answered the last question for myself---- The Hair Moisturizer contains an ingredient called Lanolin, which (from what I drew from the article I read) waterproofs the hairs. One of the causes of bleaching is sweating, but by using this product it waterproofs the hair, so the hair keeps its color.

    I am now completely and utterly in love with the Hair Moisturizer....
         
        08-14-2012, 05:46 PM
      #18
    Showing
    You are worried that someone will think you aren't looking after your horse? Horsepeople are fully aware that some coat colors fade. They won't think badly of you for a sun bleached coat but would if the horse was a bone rack. To protect his coat you could always lock him up so no daylight touches his coat. If your horse was a homozygous black he won't fade so he is carrying the genetics of other coat colors. I have a homo black that has been out basiclly all summer and remains black as coal.
         
        08-14-2012, 05:51 PM
      #19
    Foal
    I wish I could keep her in during the day! But, unfortunately, that isn't an option for me
    You are soooooooooo lucky your horse doesn't fade though!!! :)
         
        08-14-2012, 06:10 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    I use like a 1/16th of a cup and its pretty amazing! They are very shinny and my other horses kept their color and my black boy isnt as faded as last year. I use flax seed not crushed I get it from the mill I get feed from.
         

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