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post #1 of 12 Old 07-23-2019, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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Fading Black

How do you prevent fading black? We can only do daytime turnout at my boarding facility. She doesn't fade in the right spots either. Just her glutes, and corners of her hips. I also don't think they are willing to put on and off a fly sheet due to her being skittish. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-23-2019, 01:21 AM
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I started giving my black mare ground flax seed and paprika. She used to fade somewhat (but not as bad as your mare in the photo in the other post) but she definitely faded. This summer she has been MUCH better, hardly any fading except where he cinch goes, and that's because of the sweat. But besides the flax and paprika, I also have her in a pen with a 3 sided shelter and last year she only had a couple of trees for shade but no real shelter, so it's hard to say how much is the flax/paprika and how much is just having a place to stand out of the sun (except when eating, she stands in her shelter). If you ride, washing off the sweat after a ride also helps. My mare used to have a faded saddle area......you could see the square outline of her saddle pad on her back when she wasn't wearing it. Now it's just the cinch area. I think hosing the sweat off after a ride really helps.

In bright sunlight you can see a slight fade, but not nearly as bad as before. I think perhaps the flax and paprika helps. If nothing else, the flax gives them a fabulous shine! I've been giving 1/2 cup ground flax and a heaping tablespoon of paprika each day. You can probably safely give more, try doing an internet search on giving horses paprika (and flax too).


Fading can also be genetic. I don't know much about it, but there are fading and non-fading blacks. So if your horse is the wrong type you might be fighting an uphill battle. But a good coat supplement might be a place to start. Here is a picture of my mare from a few weeks ago. She has slight fading but an amazing shine from the flax. Before, people used to ask me if she was really black. I don't think I will get those questions this year. I keep waiting to see how much she will fade, but she is already shedding her summer coat a bit so I don't think she will get any lighter that what she is.
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If you compete/show make sure that any enhancing supplement is legal in a drug test.
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I have a fading black, too (my Pony). I have heard that copper and zinc can help, but I think only if they are actually deficient:
https://thehorse.com/16846/coppers-i...ne-coat-color/

This same article goes on to note about paprika that "paprika is also a source of capsaicin, which is a banned substance in competition and best avoided if you and your horse show." I had no idea!

I've been giving all of mine a supplement that includews copper and zinc for hoof care, and it seems like maybe so far he hasn't faded as much this summer as last summer. But we still have another good month of fading weather coming...
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My mare has faded more this year than in other years past. That being said it has been extremely hot here and she has sweat a lot - and she is ridden until she sweats. I just trail ride so I don't worry about it. Horses are not meant to have Paprika and a lot of the other supplements to stop coats from fading long term use of some of those items has been known to cause anemia.
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post #6 of 12 Old 07-23-2019, 10:00 AM
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How does not fading benefit the horse?
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post #7 of 12 Old 07-23-2019, 10:36 AM
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How does not fading benefit the horse?
It makes me think my Pony is more handsome and thus treat him nicer, because I'm a superficial person and I like him to be good looking. LOL. OK maybe that's not 100% true, but yeah. I like my Pony black! I mean, not enough to really do anything about it, but I do.
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post #8 of 12 Old 07-23-2019, 11:56 AM
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How does not fading benefit the horse?
It's doesn't its just a faded out hair coat not going to be life threatening. My black gelding an palomino both fade out. Not a big deal it's part of being summer time...not something I worry about.

Not something im going to spend $$$ on supplements to try and change it. Summer coats are starting to shed now so why bother.
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post #9 of 12 Old 07-23-2019, 12:26 PM
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How does not fading benefit the horse?

It doesn't other than it makes for a happy owner. I like her looking shiny and healthy. Flax is also supposed to have health benefits like omega 3 fatty acids. It is supposed to be good for skin, hooves and is theoretically anti-inflammatory.

I forgot about the paprika testing positive on drug tests. I don't show so I don't worry about it. I believe paprika is supposed to be high in copper, which most horses are low in.

It was earlier this spring when I looked this stuff up. But I have to say, even if I dropped the paprika I would keep the flax.

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That's what I thought. Hamlet has a good amount of black in winter which turns into various shades of brown during the summer. I never considered worrying about that... It's what you get when you let 'em live in fresh air: fluff in winter, discolorations in summer.
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