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    04-18-2012, 02:02 AM
What can cause a horse to turn yellow

If a TB that has been raced and was quiet, is given to a family, rested, then the black coat gets a yellow tinge, and then back to black, and becomes a complete nutter, what would it have been given to keep it quiet? It would have to be something that was not traceable with a swab, but this was in fact a dangerous animal that was always quiet on the track and in the stables etc.
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    04-18-2012, 02:41 AM
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Can you be a little more specific? Like when does it turn "yellow"? Is it during the winter? Is the horse turned out during the day? What type of diet is s/he on?

There are SOO many possibilities..You'll need to post pictures and more information to get correct responses.

I'm thinking it was a black horse that sunbleached during the winter, shed out black again, and the family is to blame for the horse becoming a "nutter"..but that's just my opinion based on what you're saying.
    04-18-2012, 02:51 AM
Sorry if I did not give enough information.

1. This is a knowledgable family, they own many ex race horses, the father is a clerk of the course, the rider 18 years old is an instructor and very savvy.

2 Horse race career was finished, horse given to girl, they get a lot of ex racers so know the procedure. Her father knew the horse was quiet and was a 'looker' so took it as a show hack. They have done this many times.

3. Horse 'turned out' for a rest on pasture - turns yellow for about two weeks, nothing to do with a coat change!!!!!!

4. Horse is brought in for work, is now black and goes of its tree!! Nearly kills the girl, bucks like a bronco, shows no settled manners at all over several days!!

5. Horse is checked for soreness - all OK

6. Horse is brought in again, bucks like a bronco, heads straight for said girl, she jumps out of way, horse ends up smashing a roller door at the horse wash that is how crazy it is.

7. Horse sent to knackery!!! Just too dangerous.

We just want to know what could have been given to this horse to keep it quiet in its racing life, and why the black coat turned yellow for just a couple of weeks once brought off all feeds.

    04-18-2012, 03:00 AM
I still have no idea what you mean by turning yellow
    04-18-2012, 03:02 AM
Well, if you had been swimming in a chlorine pool and your blonde hair turned a greenish tinge, but in this case it was a horse and it had a bright yellow tinge, would that explain it?
    04-18-2012, 03:07 AM
Ah okay.
Hmm, that is interesting that the horse would turn very bright yellow. Are you positive it did not get bleached from the sun? (such as the horse in the picture I attached)

Was the hair yellow at the root? All over the coat, or in patches?
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    04-18-2012, 03:14 AM
As I have said these are very savvy people with horses as am I.

No it is not sunbleach, anyway their horses are all rugged.

Yellow is not sunbleach, this was a definite tinge.
    04-18-2012, 03:26 AM
Very interesting! Were any blood tests taken when the horse was vetted? It would have been very good to see if there was anything present in the blood stream still that has caused this.
On a side note, good to hear that the horse was dogged and the family was not the type to put their daughter in danger because the 'pretty horsey had a bad start to life and it's not his fault'.
    04-18-2012, 03:30 AM
So very true, I have been in horses all my 62 years, and my old Dad would turn in his grave if he saw the types of things people do and say these days.

If a horse is dangerous, dog it, there are too many good ones out there. Pretty is as pretty does.

And with ponies, the 'good' ones are never for sale - they are passed from family to family!!

    04-18-2012, 03:41 AM
Originally Posted by robynb    
So very true, I have been in horses all my 62 years, and my old Dad would turn in his grave if he saw the types of things people do and say these days.

If a horse is dangerous, dog it, there are too many good ones out there. Pretty is as pretty does.

And with ponies, the 'good' ones are never for sale - they are passed from family to family!!

Exactly. A dangerous horse costs just as much, if not more, to keep than a good horse. Plus the horse has no concept of future, it doesn't think of it's wasted potential. One second its there, the next its gone. Horse is none the wiser, and owner can find something more suitable. No point selling it on to the next poor person who winds up killed.

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