How to prevent and treat the horse with a sun bleached coat!

Many horses of all colors, and especially black horses, will show some signs of sun bleaching. The most common areas for this are where the sweat accumulates - such as the saddle area and around the face in an oh, so flattering outline of the bridle. The degree of bleaching is determined first by genetics. Then you can add in a multitude of other factors, such as diet, mineral supplementation, and exposure to the sun.


Here are a few tips to preventing sun bleaching:

  • Check with your Equine Nutritionist and/or Veterinarian to be sure your horse’s diet is well balanced, especially with minerals linked to hair coat, like Copper.
  • Your horse’s overall coat health includes omega fatty acids, the trace minerals of zinc, copper and iodine, essential fatty acids lysine and methionine, and biotin. Good quality pasture and forage are the basics of a good diet.
  • Even still, you might notice that your horse starts to bleach out in the spring and summer. Try these things to keep your horse’s coat shiny and consistent.
  • When you horse is sweaty, rinse the sweat and if possible, allow to totally dry before exposure to the sun.
  • Use fly sheets! Even very thin and very inexpensive fly sheets can make a difference! Add a fly mask to keep your horse’s head nice and evenly colored.
  • Add some products to your grooming routine. Shapley’s EquiTone shampoo for dark bay and black horses helps to restore color. Magic Sheen can help protect the hairs from damage, while creating a nice shine.
  • If you can, do your summer turnouts at night. This is also nice to avoid the bugs of the daytime.