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post #1 of 6 Old 08-20-2010, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Preventing bleaching?

I noticed today that Divo is starting to bleach kinda dark brownish on his coat So far his mane and tail is fine...but his coat is starting to lighten in some places! Augh!

Any tips for helping prevent bleaching? I have no stables, but he has plenty of shade and places to get out of the weather. Can I add something to his grain?

I was thinking about getting a fly sheet and mask. I don't think it would really bother him. Or is it just to terribly hot?


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post #2 of 6 Old 08-20-2010, 10:17 PM
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If Divo is a darker colored horse, he might appreciate a white fly sheet that will not attract as much sunlight and reduce bleaching.

I've heard of some coat supplements that are supposed to enhance coat color (Black as Night, etc), but I have never tried them myself to know how well they work. Perhaps somebody else has used them on here.

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post #3 of 6 Old 08-22-2010, 12:28 PM
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Black as Knight is great! It wont' work until the new hair grows in but the new hair will be richer, darker and able to protect itself from the sun much better. I saw results in only a month though!

I LOVE those products! I'm so excited to see how it (gold as sun version) helps my palominos very rich dark coat stand up to winter!



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post #4 of 6 Old 08-22-2010, 10:08 PM
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Yeah, Black as Knight works great, but you have to get it into their system before they start bleaching out.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-22-2010, 10:50 PM
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Put a fly sheet combo on him to reflect UV light, thus avoiding/significantly reducing bleaching. A very light sheet won't make him too hot, in fact if you get one that is made mostly of cotton and not those horrible synthetics (synthetic material is primarily plastic, which makes the horse sweat) it will make him cooler. Black/dark colours absorb heat very effectively, and white reflects heat, thus you'll be helping him keep the heat away ;)

Also, make sure you wash any sweat off him. Sweat is great at bleaching dark coats, so every time you ride him, wash the sweat off, and if he sweats in the paddock, try sponging him down to get rid of it.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-24-2010, 09:31 PM
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maybe you should give the horse a fly sheet.
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