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post #1 of 32 Old 12-26-2011, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Question How to keep horse more black?

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I have a black gelding, I bought him August of 2010. When I got him (in the middle of the summer heat) he was 100 % black, this past summer he turned into a dark brown. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions (safe!) to keep him more black. The old owner did nothing to his coat, maybe he just gets more sun at my barn?
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post #2 of 32 Old 12-26-2011, 02:28 PM
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Do you sheet him during the summer when he's outside? That'll keep him from bleaching out.
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I agree with the above comment, that is really about the only thing you can do to keep him from bleaching out.
About the only other option you have is to stall him during the day and turn him out at night.
Feeding him a feed through may not do anything to keep him from bleaching out although you could always try it, I do recommend the Black as Knight supplement it makes those blacks look beautiful.
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Subbing, being a new proud owner of black horse, I want to find out how to keep him looking his best.
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Do you sheet him during the summer when he's outside? That'll keep him from bleaching out.
He is outside 24/7 :/


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I agree with the above comment, that is really about the only thing you can do to keep him from bleaching out.
About the only other option you have is to stall him during the day and turn him out at night.
Feeding him a feed through may not do anything to keep him from bleaching out although you could always try it, I do recommend the Black as Knight supplement it makes those blacks look beautiful.
Thanks! Does plain Paprika work well? I only am able to give the supplement 4-5 days a week :(


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You can still throw a sheet over him in the summer months.
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Thanks! Does plain Paprika work well? I only am able to give the supplement 4-5 days a week :(
Idk about Paprika.....but as far as supplements they are only worth spending money on and feeding your horse is you can do it like the supplement recommends and with the one I talked about above its a daily thing. You don't feed your horse daily?

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You can still throw a sheet over him in the summer months.
I agree, IMO best thing to get for your horse is one of those slinky things. Like the ones I have attached below, the first one is a full body the second one does not cover the face and neck.

I would also recommend getting a light color, white if you can find one. I know people may think I am crazy for saying white but I have white ones because they say "the sun is attracted to dark colors" and I know it gets dirty easy but its not that hard to keep clean....just use bleach.
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Thanks! Does plain Paprika work well? I only am able to give the supplement 4-5 days a week :(
Paprika is what is in Black as Knight that is the color enhancer. Start now because the summer coat is starting to grow in. Add some ground flaxseed as well to improve his sheen and skin. 4-5 times a week should keep him from turning brown but the best way to keep him from bleanching out is to keep him up during the day in the summer. True black horses will remain black without any help.
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