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Spirit Lifter 04-24-2012 10:14 AM

Keeping a palomino's coat from fading in the sun
The guy I bought my horse from told me that if I want to keep my horses palomino coat from fading I should feed her corn oil and paprika. Has anyone else heard of this? I don't want to put a cover on her during the summer nor deal with daily sunscreens. Do you know of something else that works?:?

cowgirl928 04-24-2012 10:31 AM

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I feed Hunny corn oil and paprika and it gives her a nice shine, but I have a UV protected fly sheet as well. I only put it on her when I am there though because I don't want baby getting caught.

The fly sheet is from and is turnout safe, has mosquito mesh so you can leave it on over night, and it has a matching neck cover and fly mask you can purchase as well. I LOVE mine and would suggest it just because it is easy and in the long run it can be more cost effective then buying corn oil and paprika every so often.

Which reminds me I need to do that...

Here are some photos of Hunny this spring after feeding her paprika and oil for the past two months to ensure her shedding out gold.

EDIT: she is a lot golder in person and is still shedding out so she is still a bit white in these.

Spirit Lifter 04-24-2012 08:57 PM


Thanks. I enjoyed reading all about Hunney and Sugar. You got Sugar tested as a cremello, right? What a great experience for you and I loved all the pics!! How much corn oil and paprika do you give her? How did you hear about it?

cowgirl928 04-25-2012 06:42 AM

I haven't had Sugar tested and I really don't want to. A good horse is never a bad color! I give her about 1/3 cup of oil daily and maybe a 1/2 tbs to 3/4 tbs of paprika daily in her feed. Add it slowly, and just start with adding one at a time because they probably won't eat it because it tastes funny.

EDIT: also you have to remember paprika is a type of pepper, so it is hot. And I heard this little tidbit of info on here with my own "how to get my pally golder" thread :)

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