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.
Last edited by trailhorserider; 07-23-2019 at 01:30 AM.