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post #21 of 43 Old 10-23-2012, 11:31 PM
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How hot does it make a horse......or should I say how sensitive does their skin get? Would love to do this with my guy....but he's pretty sensitive, would hate to get anymore sensitive

I incorporate mine into a cookie. No issues eating it that way.

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post #22 of 43 Old 10-24-2012, 04:59 AM Thread Starter
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BarrelRacingLvr~ Oh yeah, that's a good idea. I'll definitely do that. Thank you!

ARTEMISBLOSSOM~ Maybe I'll just feed the paprika to my mare from the beginning of Spring to the end of fall; no real need to do it in the Winter, right?

Fingerlakes~ Thanks for posting those pictures! It really does make a difference on black horses too. And I have a question. How do you make those cookies you were talking about? What are the other ingredients you mix the paprika in with? It would be nice not to have the sensitive skin issue and the cookies would be easy to feed. Thanks again!

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post #23 of 43 Old 10-24-2012, 04:06 PM
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BarrelRacingLvr~ Oh yeah, that's a good idea. I'll definitely do that. Thank you!

ARTEMISBLOSSOM~ Maybe I'll just feed the paprika to my mare from the beginning of Spring to the end of fall; no real need to do it in the Winter, right?

Fingerlakes~ Thanks for posting those pictures! It really does make a difference on black horses too. And I have a question. How do you make those cookies you were talking about? What are the other ingredients you mix the paprika in with? It would be nice not to have the sensitive skin issue and the cookies would be easy to feed. Thanks again!

Some horses I found will eat the paprika right from your hand.

Mine does this when I feed him paprika. He doesn't like it plain.



I use this recipe and just substitute paprika for a little bit of the grains and bran. You'll have to figure out the amounts to put in vs the amount of cookies you want to make.

2 Cups Dry Oatmeal
3/4 Cup Grain
3 Cups Bran
1 Cup Molasses
Mix Oats, Grain and Bran together in a bucket. Drizzle in Molasses while
mixing with your hands (you're looking for a consistency a little thinner
than Play-Doh). Place dollups (about half a handful) on a cookie sheet
and bake at 350 for ten minutes or less. These have a tendency to burn - watch them!!!!. They never
get completely hard, but they store nicely.

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post #24 of 43 Old 10-25-2012, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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Some horses I found will eat the paprika right from your hand.

Mine does this when I feed him paprika. He doesn't like it plain.



I use this recipe and just substitute paprika for a little bit of the grains and bran. You'll have to figure out the amounts to put in vs the amount of cookies you want to make.

2 Cups Dry Oatmeal
3/4 Cup Grain
3 Cups Bran
1 Cup Molasses
Mix Oats, Grain and Bran together in a bucket. Drizzle in Molasses while
mixing with your hands (you're looking for a consistency a little thinner
than Play-Doh). Place dollups (about half a handful) on a cookie sheet
and bake at 350 for ten minutes or less. These have a tendency to burn - watch them!!!!. They never
get completely hard, but they store nicely.
Well, if my horse doesn't take it just mixed up in her grain then I will definitely do this. Thank you so much for your help!

Funny face! I wonder if my horse will do that when I feed it to her...

Edit: My mom said to forget the mixing paprika in her grain; she thinks it would be fun to make these cookies!! ;)

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There seems to be a misunderstanding about just what capsaicin is and how it relates to paprika and horse shows. I'd like to try to clear it up. Capsaicin is the chemical compound that makes chili peppers hot and spicy because it is an irritant. Capsaicin is found in the fruit of any member of the Capsicum genus of plants. Paprika is a member of this genus, but it is typically a very mild pepper which means that it contains very minimal levels of Capsaicin (we all know paprika isn't typically all that spicy, right?).

When you feed your horse paprika, it will not cause your horse to have skin sensitivity or to be hotter. Capsaicin has to be intentionally extracted and applied topically to cause skin sensitivity. The reason it is banned is because it is an abusive practice -- it causes burning pain and sensitivity when it is intentionally applied in its concentrated form to a horse's skin.

Feeding your horse paprika means that he will essentially trigger a "false positive" if he were tested at a highly competitive show. Capsaicin will be present in minimal levels on his bloodwork and what the testers don't know is that you've been feeding your horse paprika to make bring out his color -- not burning his legs.

The bottom line: feeding paprika does not cause skin sensitivity or hotness
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post #26 of 43 Old 10-25-2012, 02:34 AM
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I find mine eat the paprika with no problem I grind fresh Flax Seed and Sunflowers each day and add the paprika to this mix. Then it goes in the feed with some sugarbeet.

Will definately make the cookies though as madam likes to have a special reward and this way I don't have to give her a proper feed. She really doesn't need to eat more than a cookie - she's a fatty!
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post #27 of 43 Old 10-25-2012, 02:35 AM
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There seems to be a misunderstanding about just what capsaicin is and how it relates to paprika and horse shows. I'd like to try to clear it up. Capsaicin is the chemical compound that makes chili peppers hot and spicy because it is an irritant. Capsaicin is found in the fruit of any member of the Capsicum genus of plants. Paprika is a member of this genus, but it is typically a very mild pepper which means that it contains very minimal levels of Capsaicin (we all know paprika isn't typically all that spicy, right?).

When you feed your horse paprika, it will not cause your horse to have skin sensitivity or to be hotter. Capsaicin has to be intentionally extracted and applied topically to cause skin sensitivity. The reason it is banned is because it is an abusive practice -- it causes burning pain and sensitivity when it is intentionally applied in its concentrated form to a horse's skin.

Feeding your horse paprika means that he will essentially trigger a "false positive" if he were tested at a highly competitive show. Capsaicin will be present in minimal levels on his bloodwork and what the testers don't know is that you've been feeding your horse paprika to make bring out his color -- not burning his legs.

The bottom line: feeding paprika does not cause skin sensitivity or hotness

Thanks for that - I've not been able to find ouot any information before
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post #28 of 43 Old 11-01-2012, 02:03 PM
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My mare fades horribly in the summer, I would love for her coat to stay nice! She lives outside and keeping her inside or covered isn't an option because I don't have stalls and it's too hot! I show 4-H, WIHA (Wisconsin Inter-Scholastic Horse Association), and open shows. I have never been drug tested. Would it be safe for me to feed my mare this even during the show season?
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post #29 of 43 Old 11-19-2012, 12:56 PM
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I'm actually curious about using this as well, but I am planning on showing my filly and gelding in AQHA shows this coming year, would it be a problem?

And Also, if I start using it now and then find a show on say January 14, when should I stop using it?

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post #30 of 43 Old 11-19-2012, 01:12 PM
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I have never understood what difference a slight fading is. I'd rather have a happy, healthy horse than one who stayed the same color year round.
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