I have a nine year old "true black" gelding. Most summers he sun-bleaches a bit, acquiring a reddish sheen to shoulders, hips and back. This year he is the most sun-bleached I've ever seen! And it's not red...it's like a yellow, dun kind of color and it is over a larger part of his body then I've ever seen before! I want my black horse back...and I don't know what's causing this weird color change. Here's what's different for him this summer: he's in a pasture that is all dry now and devoid of grass - just weed cover. He's out a lot but not different than in the past. Still gets normal amount of high quality grass hay, oats and sweet feed. I ride him a lot - so he does get hosed off regularly to remove sweat, more than in years past. I try not to shampoo because I don't want to strip the oil from his coat. However - I do notice he is not as glossy as he's been in the past - but is this because of the new weird color or is he being hosed off too much? Could it be from eating weeds? I've put him in his stall for a while...and am moving him soon to a beautiful pasture with real grass and not weed coverage. Thanks for any suggestions, ideas, etc....