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  • Keeping horse color in sun
  • When do horses get their summer coat

 
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    08-09-2010, 02:34 PM
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Keeping color in summer

Next year I'm going to sport horse nationals with a couple of horses... two of which are darker colors. I am thinking about stalling them all day, then turning them out at night.

Will I have to do that all summer? Or just a few months before the show? (It's in September...)

If I fed a coat/color supplement, would that prevent a horse from bleaching?

Any other suggestions about keeping a horse from sun bleaching?
     
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    08-09-2010, 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Eliz    
Next year I'm going to sport horse nationals with a couple of horses... two of which are darker colors. I am thinking about stalling them all day, then turning them out at night.

Will I have to do that all summer? Or just a few months before the show? (It's in September...)

If I fed a coat/color supplement, would that prevent a horse from bleaching?

Any other suggestions about keeping a horse from sun bleaching?

The only time you can make a coat dramatically darker (without dying it) is when one coat is shed and a new coat grows in. So if they start fading, stalling them a few months before the show isn't going to help unless they're growing a new coat.

The two times of year when you should start stalling during the day and feeding supplements are the fall (a month or two before they start growing their winter coats) and the spring (a month or two before they start growing their summer coats). If you do it at any other time (with an already-faded horse) you're wasting your time.

If they don't fade very much, you can let them out during the day. But if you let them out in say, June, any color damage that's done to the coat will stay there until a new coat is grown in. You'll have to actually dye the coat to change it at that time.

Does that make sense?




I stall my mare during the day and turn her out at night, I feed her Black-As-Knight, I use Emerald Black shampoo, and I use Quic-Screen sunblock. I also make sure to hose all the sweat off of her ANY time she sweats, because the salt in the sweat damages the coat.

Copper is a huge factor in sun fading. The darker the horse, the more copper they require nutritionally. Copper covers the hairs and acts as a natural sunscreen. Molasses, Soybean, and flaxseed are all very high in copper.
     
    08-09-2010, 09:32 PM
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Trained
I honestly hate the idea of stalling a horse for the vanity of an unbleached coat...just my opinion though.

But that said, major factor, as has been mentioned...copper. Make sure you supplement your darker horses, to ensure they don't become deficient. I had a black bay gelding who was extremely bleached the first year I had him...I made sure to get him on a copper rich supplement, and the next shed cycle (and ones after) were a HUGE difference...he stayed dark ALL year round...no stalling, no sheets...he was a pasture boarded horse. Copper makes a huge difference, so if you do anything majorly different, start there.

Purchase a fly sheet, or other type of scrim type sheet, so the sun is blocked as much as you can, so you can still turn him out daily.
     
    08-10-2010, 01:49 PM
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Thanks for the info everyone! :)
I really don't like keeping them stalled all day either, maybe a fly sheet and some sort of copper-rich supplement will suffice. :)
     
    08-10-2010, 02:44 PM
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Trained
Just a couple of points-this is my first summer with a dark horse-nearly black. I have learned that just hosing is not sufficient to clean off the sweat. You actually have to use soap, which, I refuse to do daily. I just hose him off. Therefore, my guy has a lighter color imprint shaped like a saddle on his back. I tried one of the flax seed supplements, but it was really no help and made no difference that I could see. My guy is out 24/7 at this point, so gets all the sun. It also depends upon the individual horses genes, The horse in the pasture with my guy started the summer looking like his twin. He gets no supplements, baths, nothing. He is used for hunting, so gets the basics. He has not bleached one bit! Not fair, I say, since I really care about my horses color! I have heard that Black as night MAY help, but it is expensive, and since I am not really competing much at this point, not worth it. He is what he is, happy and sunbleached!
     
    08-10-2010, 07:52 PM
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BJJ
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My palominos corrals are covered and I seldom turn them out during the day. One doesn't fade regardless, one turns a different color and one fades out badly if I don't. But she's right, once they have faded, you wait for a new coat! Their stalls are attached to their pens but I don't keep them stalled.
     
    08-10-2010, 10:40 PM
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Trained
I have even seen Pals that get DARKER in the summer-even in the sun-SO jealous! Lol
     
    08-10-2010, 10:48 PM
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Originally Posted by franknbeans    
I have even seen Pals that get DARKER in the summer-even in the sun-SO jealous! Lol
Mine does, haha.


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    08-11-2010, 09:19 AM
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Trained
Beautiful! SO jealous!
     
    08-11-2010, 10:51 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by franknbeans    
...He is what he is, happy and sunbleached!
Aww that made me smile!

I have a friesian, he's pretty sunbleached, people go like "aww" when they see him and "yuck!" when they learn he's a friesian but hey, he could be orange and he'd still be my beautiful boy!
     

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