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        08-14-2012, 09:25 PM
      #21
    Foal
    I'm going to sneak some into her feed tomorrow ;)
         
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        08-15-2012, 11:08 AM
      #22
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    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.
    That's a common myth- homozygosity of the extension allele doesn't determine whether or not a black horse will fade. There do seem to be two types of black: fading and non-fading black, but the genetic differences between them have not been identified.
         
        08-15-2012, 01:20 PM
      #23
    Trained
    Hmm thinking of buying that spray...

    I used to use BAK and paprika, but my horse HATED eating it and I didnt see any difference in her coat. She wears a fly sheet a lot of the summer but that doesnt really help that much either...
         
        08-15-2012, 09:59 PM
      #24
    Foal
    Moon shadow yes I use it all year but definitely not as offten it keeps their mane and tail nice in between stuff and kinda sometimes keeps the mud balls from tearing and breaking the hair.My big black horse likes to come in with mud balls actually clinking when he walks, I call them his christmas ornaments!! Anyway hope you guys like the stuff!
         
        08-17-2012, 08:10 PM
      #25
    Banned
    Lol. You guys xD. You said ur horse is out 24/7...honestly, I would keep ur pony in the stall alllll day, and yurn her out at night. :)
         
        08-17-2012, 09:02 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    I've given up trying to keep my gelding's coat to stay black! I swear he's trying his very hardest to turn into a buckskin right now, and his coat has faded MUCH worse than it did last year! I live in FL though, & he lives outside 24/7, so there's not much I can do about it. He has trees & a shelter to stand under, but clearly he prefers baking in the sun!
         
        08-18-2012, 09:38 AM
      #27
    Foal
    EventerCrossCountry- I wish I could! The place I'm at only has pasture board right now :(

    Quixotic- I feel your pain!!!!
         
        08-18-2012, 08:29 PM
      #28
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Quixotic    
    I've given up trying to keep my gelding's coat to stay black! I swear he's trying his very hardest to turn into a buckskin right now, and his coat has faded MUCH worse than it did last year! I live in FL though, & he lives outside 24/7, so there's not much I can do about it. He has trees & a shelter to stand under, but clearly he prefers baking in the sun!
    My formerly black now buckskin horse also prefers to bake in the sun.
         
        08-22-2012, 09:43 PM
      #29
    Foal
    I've heard that some people feed their horses paprika. Don't ask me why, but for some reason people swear by that stuff. Haha!

    There are also numerous black horse shampoos on the market. I used it on a black thoroughbred I used to care for. The kind I used had you leave the shampoo on for ten minutes or so, and then wash it out. It's a dye, but the good ones aren't harmful to the horse. Always remember to test the product on a small patch first, though, to check for any side effects.
         
        08-28-2012, 01:25 AM
      #30
    Foal
    I have a black blanket appaloosa. In the winter he is lovely and black, then as he loses his coat it is like he rusts or something! He goes this yucky chestnutty colour then in summer he fades to a dark almost grey. These comments have been good, can't wait to try them. Not sure about the paprika though, do fussy eaters eat it?
         

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