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Yet another grooming question, I have a very light coloured palimino. In the summer he is somewhat darker but if I could and some shine and little colour his looks would not clash so much:DYa I know I am really shallow about my horses looks. So any feeds I could add to his diet or a shampoo? I figured I should find some thing now since the holiday has so many sales. What about flax seeds? BOSS?
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The dose for gold as sun is 2 Heaping Tablespoons per day, but it says you can double or triple that if needed. I made up a mixture of 2/3 paprika and 1/3 nutmeg and mixed 1 Tbs of that with a shredded carrot, some canola oil and a little molasses for flavor. She ate it just fine for the last two nights.

I figured if it is safe to give up to 6 Tbs. of the supplement (which of course has several other ingredients) it would be fine to use 1Tbs of these two. Also, I found several things on the internet where people mention giving 2 or 3 Tbs. of paprika per day. I figured I'd err on the side of too little rather than too much for now.

I came up with the 2/3 paprika to 1/3 nutmeg because of the order they are listed on the label and because paprika costs about half of what nutmeg costs.

We shall see...
 

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Hi, I added some paprika to his feed to day I hope he will shed out a little darker. His diet is getting more complicated hehe =) he has sweet feed a large scoop( I know nobody likes sweet feed but i have been using it for three years and it is great) Sure crops feed a scoop ( more fibre) Pro Choice half a cup( I am just wanting to use this up and then I wont feed it again) Canola oil 8 ounces ( he shines after a couple days of feeding) and Paprika 2-3 table spoons.
How does it sound?
 

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Paprika is great for coat and hooves, but it will test. Take a horse off it 3 weeks before the shows start. If your shows dont test, then its not an issue. Part of a horses coat problem can be attributed to poor diet. I had a bay with a dull coat, we added a multivitamin/ mineral our chiropractor swears by and diatomacious earth and he looked amazing. Cheepest solution- get a uv fly or rain sheet for him.
 

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Well I have been looking around I think I am going to have to change his diet. Sweet feed is reported to cause problems in the future.
 

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Yeah, a friend of mine is a vet and she said that sweet feed has been found to lead to "Metabolic Syndrome", basically diabetes, later in life. We kinda had to feed it to ours while they were being boarded at the neighbor's for 6 months, but now we're slowly switching them off of it.
 

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I have heard that you can feed pumpkin to horses and that helps to enhance a palomino's coat. I recently got a palomino, but have not tried any of these things yet. I want to find out first what color her summer coat is when kept up during the day and turned out at night. She has gotten so dappled this winter, that I really hope she keeps them come summer.
 

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you do know that nutmeg is a poison right? The only reason it is used in supplements is that they use very small trace amounts of it, mostly for the smell....

It is like the same things with dogs and onions, you can't tell right away that it bothers them, but it slowly chips away at their health.
 

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Do you let your palomino out in the sun!? NEVER do that! It will make it lighter!Really? Because... not only is that cruel but my mare has not been inside in over ten years...
And to prove my point look under her mane where the sun doesn't hit often, its nearly white!

(picture showing, generally her mane is down on this side, no sun can get threw and the rest of her is as gold as... well... gold!)


OP I think your palomino is just a lighter pal. If its the horse in your avatar there doesn't appear to be anything wrong coat/condition wise. He shines and is pretty. The is no way to make a light palomino this gold color I'm afraid you'll have to love him for him!
 

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OP I think your palomino is just a lighter pal.

The is no way to make a light palomino this gold color I'm afraid you'll have to love him for him!
Correct.

We own four. All are different shades of "yellow". Cream to solid gold. Two of them are siblings out of the same sire, two are siblings out of the same mare.

They tend to be lighter in the winter with all of the extra hair.

The old brood mare darkened one winter to a chocolate. She had her only colt (so far) that year. Vet said hormones!

Last night I noticed she is looking dark again . . .
 

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Well keeping my horse inside is not a option I am at a boarding stable with bad acomidations. I have him on paprika it is good for his heart too. Thanks everyone for your replies
 

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you do know that nutmeg is a poison right? The only reason it is used in supplements is that they use very small trace amounts of it, mostly for the smell....

It is like the same things with dogs and onions, you can't tell right away that it bothers them, but it slowly chips away at their health.
Oh, I had no idea it could be toxic. I looked around and found some stuff saying that it can cause hallucinations in large quantities. However, I found other things where people said that they used nutmeg alone to successfully darken a palomino coat. I haven't had any problems yet, but I'll cut down the amount of nutmeg I'm using just in case.

Thanks for the info.
 

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You said you put him on paprika, I use black as knight on my boy and it works wonders (main ingredient is paprika)
Just make sure if you are are planning on taking him to a show where drug tests will be administered to take him off of at least a week ahead. While it isn't illegal it will cause the horse to come up false positive for a drug that is illegal.
 
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