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post #11 of 23 Old 09-08-2014, 07:05 AM
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Ehm, ok, I live in an extremely sunny area. So I see a lot of unbleached horses. Of course if there isn't much sun, there's no reason for horses to bleach
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post #12 of 23 Old 09-09-2014, 11:14 PM
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I don't understand the bleaching thing at all. Right now, after an incredibly sunny summer, Ahab is black as black can be. This winter...no sun... he looked totally bay. A local shire breeder said that nutrition can play a role in horse color, but didn't elaborate much. The only difference in Ahab's diet is the hay... I finally got in a loft full of really good stuff. Before this I had pretty poor hay, and so supplemented it with five pounds of alfalfa cubes a day.
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I don't understand the bleaching thing at all. Right now, after an incredibly sunny summer, Ahab is black as black can be. This winter...no sun... he looked totally bay. A local shire breeder said that nutrition can play a role in horse color, but didn't elaborate much. The only difference in Ahab's diet is the hay... I finally got in a loft full of really good stuff. Before this I had pretty poor hay, and so supplemented it with five pounds of alfalfa cubes a day.

I know in cattle when our Angus, and semintal, cross herd starts to "rust" it is a copper deficiency......

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post #15 of 23 Old 09-10-2014, 05:36 PM
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Here is a perfect example of malnutrition causing sun bleaching. Believe it or not this mare turned into a dark bay!
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post #16 of 23 Old 09-10-2014, 07:24 PM
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Hrm..can I copy that pic for another thread? (The malnutrition/dark bay (brown) mare)

That is hugely drastic. She looks so unhealthy!
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post #17 of 23 Old 09-11-2014, 07:55 PM
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Here are some color differences in Ahab. Lighting and winter coats are probably responsible for some of the change, but really, he looks coal black now, while at other times he definitely looks bay.

This is in January 2012 when he came back to me after being gone for 1-1/2 years. I found him a home on a local cow farm, but he started acting studish toward their new Belgium mare. The farm owner said he was "...quite impressive."

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This is in August of 2012, eight months later...

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...and this was yesterday. He looks coal black right now; the darkest I've ever seen hm.

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And his tail is long again. Yeah.

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post #18 of 23 Old 09-11-2014, 08:13 PM
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Isn't he a handsome chunk of draftness!
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post #19 of 23 Old 09-11-2014, 08:40 PM
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Isn't he a handsome chunk of draftness!
Hey, thanks! He thinks so too!
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post #20 of 23 Old 09-11-2014, 10:34 PM
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My black horse recently had his coggins redone, and they listed him as a bay. LOL. Sure it would be nice if he stayed coal, but I'm not not letting him out and he's still handsome whether he's bay, or black, or any other color for that matter. He's healthy and happy, and I don't participate in any kind of shows... just endurance where it doesn't matter. That being said I've bought quite a bunch of paprika to supplement once he gets his dark winter coat in, whether it will help keep him that way we will see!
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