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post #1 of 4 Old 03-06-2010, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Alittle darkening help?

My horse is usually black, she is VERRRRRRRY bleached out. Some people are saying different things about how to darken her, I just wanted to know what ideas or things you guys use for darkening your horses! And what do you guys think about these listed below:

Heres what people said:
  • Darkening shampoo
  • Darkening supplements
  • Sunflower seeds?
  • night turnout
What do you guys think works the best??

Help!? Haha

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post #2 of 4 Old 03-06-2010, 09:12 PM
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I think i mixture of those, i just used a darkening shampoo on my horse for a show, he was a little brownish in some areas, and it worked quite well i thought. He also gets sunflower seeds which are supposed to help, and is usually rugged so theres minimal sunbleaching. Theres also livamol to, ive heard that works well, for any coat colour
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post #3 of 4 Old 03-06-2010, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Oh great! Thanks! =)

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post #4 of 4 Old 03-14-2010, 11:11 PM
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Hi I am just an owner but have been reading as much as I can to try and keep my new mare black. THis is what I found in addition to the above info. If a black horse sun bleaches to a reddy colour it often indicates a deficiency in copper and zinc ( black horses need up to 6 x as much copper compared to a light horse). Copper acts like a sunscreen - coppertone name - I guess ( human sunscreen) Paprika (black as night stuff they say) is a melanin maker (makes the colour does not protect it). Omega 3 (from flax) is often deficient or not in the right balance - to omega 6 ( which is good but too much without omega 3 can cause inflammation ) on some hay fed ( grass is often good) . canola oil is balanced but other are usually not. this give shine and some protection. Do not take this as gospel but look it up and see what you can find out. if you find out more or disagree post it so we can know all there is to know.
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