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Date Posted: 20:19:38 09/16/10 Thu
Author: Kelsey
Subject: Black vs brown
In reply to: Megan 's message, "Keeping them Black" on 10:54:33 09/16/10 Thu

From what you describe, I think your horse may simply not be a true black. A good percentage of Friesians are actually some shade of brown-black. Most of these Friesians darken to a nice deep black in the winter due to the increased hair length, then shed out to dark brown in summer. Sunbleaching definitely is a big factor in the shade of brown you get.. but if he is sunbleaching that badly, I think it is unlikely his true coat type is the dark blue-black you are looking for. Most true black horses don't bleach quite that much, even if left in the sun all summer. From the breed perspective it is not a big deal. One of the nicest Friesian geldings I know bleaches almost blonde every summer, but went 1st premie Res. Champion at his keur, and was a consistent winner during his showing days.(his nickname is the "little brown pony"..though he is in no way little) So if your horse is nice, a brownish coat doesn't make a whit of difference. Just relax and enjoy him!

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