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Date Posted: 17:54:57 09/16/10 Thu
Author: Black
Subject: Amerins
In reply to: Megan 's message, "Keeping them Black" on 10:54:33 09/16/10 Thu

Well, the first time bleaching out was probably caused by being turned out in the summer heat.
The second time, it may have been due to stress from moving and gelding him. (Physical stress, he doesn't necessarily have to look stressed or anything, it's his immune system that would be stressed).
The 3rd time, you said he was darker. So he might be "less black" because he is a gelding now. After they are gelded, they rarely stay as black as they did before.

If you want to try the Black as Knight again, I would wait until he is ready to start shedding again. About a month before he starts shedding his wintercoat, you should start feeding it. That way, you cause an effect on his new coat that grows in, and you don't waste your money. Hair is dead matter, once it is brown, you cannot turn it black again!
So any supplement you feed, will not yield any results as far as color, until they shed.

I have my horses on Platinum Performance, because it is a complete vit./mineral plus a coat supplement, and also has glucosamine. I like Omega Horseshine as well though, it's just not as complete, so you might need a ration balancer or a good vit/mineral supplement with it.

Also, make sure your horse is on a good deworming schedule. I give them a Powerpak once a year or every other year, and also 2 double doses of Equimax, 2 weeks apart. The rest of the year I rotate and worm normally, but keep in mind that not every wormer is effective the same period of time! Some need to be repeated after 6 weeks, other yuou can wait 8 weeks. Never give less dewormer than prescribed, this causes resistency...

So this spring, I'd just make sure to keep him covered up, no turnout in hot sun, balanced diet,well dewormed, and rinsed off every day. Never put in the sun wet!
Remember, once they turn brown, they're brown until they shed...so prevention is key :)

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  • Black vs brown -- Kelsey, 20:19:38 09/16/10 Thu
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