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post #1 of 35 Old 01-21-2019, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Wondering what color my mare is?

I've had this mare for a while and she seems to change color every time she sheds! When we first got her she was jet black with no sign of anything brown on her. The attached picture is from 2018 summer, and I'm beyond confused as to what color she is. I've had friends tell me she's brown, but I've never heard of a horse growing from black to brown. I should also add that shes about 8 years old at this point, and when we got her she was 3/4.
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From what I can see of her muzzle, it's uniformly black. Therefore I think she is a fading black. That can be nutrition-related but it can also just be the individual horse's reaction to sun and sweat.


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post #3 of 35 Old 01-21-2019, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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From what I can see of her muzzle, it's uniformly black. Therefore I think she is a fading black. That can be nutrition-related but it can also just be the individual horse's reaction to sun and sweat.
Her muzzle is entirely black, as are her points and mane and tail. Those areas never fade so it just confused me lol.
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Fading black that is diet/nutrition related or smokey black as they fade excessively. I see marks that I would attribute to sweat fading too.


The smokey black that we had was jet black twice a year. When both his summer and winter coat came in. Once the sun had time to work its magic he turned a beautiful honey color in the same pattern as your mare minus the sweat tracks.


My brown mare also does this when her coat changes turning so dark she looks black but she has the tell tale coloration that goes with brown on her muzzle.
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What breed?

Bleached black is likely.
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My black mare in one of the worst times of her fading from sun and sweat was about that color or lighter even. I changed her mineral supplement to include more copper and zinc. That has helped all three of my horses keep their truer colors.

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Ditto the copper and zinc, plus sponge off saddle and girth areas after exercise.
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What breed?

Bleached black is likely.
Not sure what breed, she came from a hoarding situation and we have almost no information on her.
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Ditto the copper and zinc, plus sponge off saddle and girth areas after exercise.
Any recommendation for cooper/zinc supplements? And I never really work her, she's just a pasture ornament because of what I can only assume is an old injury to her legs. She's not ridable and any kind of lunging or work above a walk makes her go lame.
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Wow, she's very faded for a black.

My black mare fades a bit, especially in her saddle and girth area from sweating. But not nearly as much as the OP's mare. Does anyone know, is a slight amount of fading pretty much a guaranteed if you ride a black horse and keep them out in the weather, or is it reasonable to expect to be able to keep them truly black without fading at all?

My mare actually seems to keep black most of the time except right before she sheds out in fall and spring. Then she will have some rust tinge to her. Just curious if that is pretty well optimal or if some type of mineral supplement would help her as well?


I'm sort of short on photos of her, especially faded. She is slightly faded in this photo, towards her hind end. But it gets more noticeable than this.
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