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post #11 of 31 Old 01-05-2014, 05:59 PM
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No way are you causing him pain... Confused by that comment.

Also doesn't really make sense that he would have a perfect saddle shaped scar. Not sure how that would happen. (Scars are also usually hairless or something not a different color like that).

I agree, how long have you had him? what is his lifestyle (turnout/diet)? Also, where do you live that you can be hosing in the winter? lol
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post #12 of 31 Old 01-05-2014, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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are there any supplements for this? He is also getting it around his eyes. This horse was PICH BLACK when i first got him. He obviously is light in the places where he is stained, but I've never seen it so severe. I'm just so confused as to how he got so strangely discolored.....
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post #13 of 31 Old 01-05-2014, 10:24 PM
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From the coloring around his eyes and mouth, I am guessing that he is a really dark brown, just my guess. Horses coats are different in different seasons, and sometimes different years they vary some.

I do not think the saddle shape is a "scar". It is bleached out fur.

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post #14 of 31 Old 01-05-2014, 10:28 PM
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Listen, the horse is in no pain, he is only sun bleaching, think of your hair in the summer if you are out in the sun a bunch, notice that sometimes your hair ends kind of turn lighter? Same thing.

I've heard that sometimes it's a vitamin or mineral deficiency, but I'm not the person to ask about that.

And to be honest? From the pictures he really isn't that bad. It won't bother him a bit.

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post #15 of 31 Old 01-05-2014, 10:32 PM
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My hubby's horse is BLACK in winter, (dark) bay in summer.
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post #16 of 31 Old 01-05-2014, 10:34 PM
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Looks like he's actually a brown horse- many of them look black or darker bay in the summer but then show brownish more in the winter, especially around the eyes and muzzle and on the underside/flanks and girth area. Just their natural cycle.
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post #17 of 31 Old 01-05-2014, 10:48 PM
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He could very well be brown as said, but to answer your other question paprika will help keep them dark and there are other supplements too but the only thing guaranteed is to keep them out of the sun.
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post #18 of 31 Old 01-05-2014, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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thank you guys! I definitely wouldn't sacrifice his freedom for his coat. He's registered black (DNA as well) but maybe it's wrong? I will try paprika and see how that goes... Hopefully he sheds soon. Its extremely hot and his fuzz is almost 2in thick...
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post #19 of 31 Old 01-06-2014, 12:06 AM
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He is registered black...
A black horse is black (of course) but a bay or brown horse is also black, just with another gene (agouti) to make the black only on the horses points.

So he could be DNA tested black (and he IS black based) E/_, and still be brown or bay (having one of the agouti genes with the black).

So unless you know he is actual black E/_ and NO agouti then he could still be DNA tested black, and have the black gene, but have other genes that combine to make him not black. Hope that makes sense, and sorry if you already knew that.

If you want to be positive you can send out another test for agouti to see if he is black, bay or brown (I think there is only one place that actually tests for brown).

Is it summer or winter there? I'm confused.
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post #20 of 31 Old 01-06-2014, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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thank you! I actually had no idea! It is winter, but we had an extremely warm/short winter so the temperature hasn't been bellow 46 recently.... I think maybe he is lightening to detract some of the heat?
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