How to stop a dark horse from fading?

hoggedmane

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I have a black mare and have always brought her in out of the sun when it is really hot( and away from flies). Last year bought a fly rug and that kept her coat black even when she stayed out.
 

kathantoinette

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Fly rug with UV reflective material. I got the Mark Todd one for last summer and it made a big difference. Summer 2012 my horse looked orange but summer 2013 was much better with the rug on every day. I think it made him cooler in temperature as well.
 

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I might be corrected here but it could be their colour genetics. Some blacks are non fading and some are fading.

(Have also heard it can be sun and also a copper deficiency)
 

Tiddlypom

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I believe that bleaching can be a sign of a dietary deficiency in certain mineral(s)and can be remedied by a feeding a good supplement.

Hopefully someone more expert than me will be along in a bit to explain further!

My late liver chesnut gelding used to bleach out in the summer until he looked almost like a dun colour, instead of a lovely rich chocolate brown. I didn't know, then, about the dietary connection.
 
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Don't forget that copper deficiency (especially if your grazing is high in iron) has been linked to fading coat colour. A correctly balanced supplement can help if this is the cause.

ETA - I've been typing too slowly again! ;)
 
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