"Bleaching" in the sun *pics added*

StarFell

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My fell pony is black, but during the summer he always seems to bleach in the sun, especially in his mane. Most other fells in the classes I enter have really black manes; is there anyway to stop them going ginger, other than rugging and keeping them in when it's sunny?

Black (please excuse the grumpy expression, it had been a long day!):


Ginger:
 

ester

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well I like his highlights, we end up with a two tone palo as where cally wears her fly rug without a hood her neck gets lighter.
 

StarFell

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Thanks cilsanestud, I didn't know that, I'll try it


Ester; I quite like them too but they look a bit scruffy in the show ring next to shiny black ponies
 

xmariax

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my black cob looks just like diesel dogs at the mo lol....i cant rug him when hes out he would get too hot so i just put up with him lookin like he has a hint of ginge!!!
 

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Do some of the fly rugs not filter the UV too? Although i know some horses still overheat in them, but i've never had a black so that's the most useful i'm going to get- sorry!
 

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I've had blacks with the same problem for some time.I've found that it seems to be a mineral imbalance thing, and when I've had a special supplement made up the coat has come right within 10 days. Theres a very interesting book called Natural Horse Care by Pat Coleby in which I read that blacks and liver chestnuts have a much higher requirement for copper sulphate, and if they are deficient the first sign is in the coat. I had this about 3 months ago with a yearling, and put him on to seaweed meal and he now has a lovely black coat again even though he doesn't wear any rugs and is out in very open sunny pasture.
 
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