The Trouble With Black Horses: Summer

Full body portrait of black Spanish horse with portudal saddle.
Full body portrait of black Spanish horse with portudal saddle.
Full body portrait of black Spanish horse with Portugal saddle.

“Are they black? or are they bay?” The question ALL black horse owners hate to hear every Summer. As the days get longer and the winter chill fades to longer, warmer days your once dark handsome steed is now turning…brown? Anyone who has had the fortune to love a black or mahogany bay horse has been here. Their coat dulls a bit and fades in the relentless summer sun. What to do? We have researched these issues extensively and have come to the conclusion that a small supplementation added to their diet is often enough to protect them from the sun’s coat-damaging rays and keep them looking their sharpest! Often times there is a combination of omega acids and other nutritional needs that are not being met by their otherwise sufficient feeding regimen. We have found several favorite supplements to combat this coat-bleaching problem (see more info on each below).

This horse is a classic victim of sun-bleaching on a dark, likely black, horse. You can see where the coat is bleached to a splotchy brownish color in areas that are exposed to a lot of sunlight while the lower extremities, underbelly, and neck are still the true black coloring. You can also see where the tips of the mane and forelock hair are bleaching out to a reddish-brown color on the ends. This horse shows a coat that has no visible sun bleaching (and it even looks like they’ve had their coat clipped!). You can see there is no visible splotching of brown and both the body and the mane are a uniform black coloring. This horse’s coat is a prime example of one that has been protected from the sun, possibly with supplemented feed to give its coat all the nutrition it needs to stay dark and glossy. These are our favorite products to combat dark horse sun-bleaching:

BLACK-AS-KNIGHT Dark Horse Supplement 4 LBS

BLACK-AS-KNIGHT HORSE SUPPLEMENT* ENRICHES, DARKENS, AND SHINES BLACKS, BAYS, AND OTHER DARK HORSE COATS AND IS THE ULTIMATE COAT ENHANCER FOR EQUINES. Black-As-Knight protects against that burned orange look on blacks and bays. Formulated from an all-natural combination of healthy oils, seaweeds, spices, and homegrown ingredients from Western South Dakota’s nutrient-rich soils to provide Omegas, Amino Acids, Vitamins, and Minerals in the perfect balance for a healthy, fade-resistant, gleam on every horse. Black-As-Knight is also good for hooves, joints, manes, and tails. Cheval horse supplements are the best! Black-As-Knight horse supplement for black, bay, brown, and other dark and handsome horses is a coat enhancer designed to bring out a rich dark shine and healthy skin and coat on Black As Knight horses. Cheval International offers horse supplements to enrich the coat of every color equine.

Nothing is more stunning than a dark-colored horse at its shiny best with Dark Horse Nu-Image Coat Conditioning supplement* from Select the Best. Formulated with Omega-3 and -6 Fatty Acids, Biotin and other B Vitamins, Copper, Zinc and the amino acids Lysine and Methionine, Dark Horse Nu-Image helps get rid of sun-bleached, reddened coats, manes & tails by delivering the essential nutrients your horse needs for healthy, shiny hair growth.

*DISCLAIMER: If you show your horse it is important to note that some ingredients may be restricted or forbidden by your competitive organization(s). Please contact your respective organization before using this product to ensure it does not violate their supplement guideline rules.

SmartDark & Handsome* helps bring out a deep, dark shine in the black, bay, and brown coats. This unique formula provides a targeted combination of ingredients specifically designed to help horses maintain their most beautiful coat color. Flaxseed serves as a high-quality source of omega-3 fatty acids, which support healthy skin and a shiny coat. Paprika, a spice rich in beta-carotene and other antioxidants, supports a deep, rich coat color. Finally, 5 mg of biotin and minerals such as copper and zinc support a healthy, resilient haircoat. Plus, it contains fenugreek for a delicious flavor and aroma your horse will love! SmartDark & Handsome is ideal for horses with black or dark bay coats, but may also be helpful for any horse that has a coat prone to sun bleaching.

*DISCLAIMER: If you show your horse it is important to note that some ingredients may be restricted or forbidden by your competitive organization(s). Please contact your respective organization before using this product to ensure it does not violate their supplement guideline rules.I

Image Credits: Sun Damaged Black Horse: https://unsplash.com/photos/j3NQl-B0R1U Photograph by Gabriela Kucerova
Uploaded: 2014.

Dark Black Horse: https://unsplash.com/photos/SA0hTVmz41s Photograph By: Janosch Diggelmann Uploaded: 2021