I was going through my horses' papers this morning and I came across a sheet of paper that has some facts about Bella that the man who owned her before me gave us. It talks about the types of bits, fly spray, feed, ect. That she was used too. At the bottom of the page it says that if I want her to stay black-she's a dark bay-that I can feed her powered grape Jell-O once a month.
Has anyone heard of this before? Is it safe and does it work?
PS Sorry about all the questions! I have so many of them and I finally found a place where I can get multiple opinions.
Don't know about coat colour enhancing, but some people do feed plain gelatin powder daily to help with hoof quality. Never tried it myself so no input on how effective it is. Usually people feed BOSS or paprika to keep horses from sun fading.
Never hurts to ask - just take it all with a grain of salt - the expert horse woman could be a fat man living in his mom's basement who's never even touched a horse for all you can tell on the internet
It is a myth that gelatin will help with hoof growth/health. Biotin definitely works in that department, but not gelatin. Never heard of using it for color, but I really doubt it. Use paprika for that.
Disagree with Gray that it is a *complete* myth about helping hooves. It consists of certain proteins & peptides that can indeed be lacking in the diet & so therefore helpful - for hooves & coat, among other areas. But as with Biotin, etc, it is but one ingredient of many that may or may not be lacking/imbalanced.
Never heard of gelatin just for coat colour, & suspect once a month would probably not be adequate for supping deficiencies. As it was *grape* jello that was suggested, perhaps it's the food dye in it?? If the horse is getting a well balanced diet & nutrition & otherwise healthy, he shouldn't be susceptible to bleaching/fading. Especially copper *altho again that's one mineral that may or may not be lacking & it's also one that can be toxic in excess, so know what's in the diet & in supps before feeding extras.
Nutrition Facts Serving Size 22 g Servings Per Container 4 : Amount Per Serving Calories
80 Calories from Fat
(-) Sodium 80mg
3% Total Carbohydrate 19g
6% Dietary Fiber (-)
(-) Sugars 19g Protein 2g
INGREDIENTS: Sugar, Gelatin, Adipic Acid (for Tartness), Contains Less than 2% of Artificial Flavor, Disodium Phosphate and Sodium Citrate (Control Acidity), Fumaric Acid (for Tartness), Tannic Acid, Red 40, Blue 2.
19 grams of sugar times 4 = 76 grams of sugar! (4 servings per packet @ 19 grams per serving...) That much sugar might be a negative factor for some horses.
There are 2.67 grams of sugar in each Brach's peppermint candy, so that would be like feeding 28 1/2 candies a day... way too much sugar for Ahab. It is already January though, and on his high fat low carb diet, he is still pretty black. Not jet black, as he was in the summer, but not his usual winter bay either.