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Old 10-09-2009, 07:19 AM   #1
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I've heard that nutmeg is supposed to help enhance and darken a horse's coat, especially for the lighter/creamier colours like buckskins, pali's etc
Just wondering if anyone has tried it, and is it safe?
I think you are supposed to give 1tps - 1tbls a day
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:03 AM   #2
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I have never heard of feeding nutmeg before so cannot help with that.

I do not believe that feeding 'coat enhancers' can enhance a palomino's coat more than one (possibly two if you are very lucky) shades. If your palomino, or any dilute colour, genetically has a pale coat it will stay pale regardless of what you feed.
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I use paprika, but i'm sure nutmeg would do the same job. What your really looking for is the carotene (i think) that makes it have its colour. Carrots, pumkin, pumkin seeds, paprika, lucerne etc, all darken coat colours, but like Dayna said, only by a shade or so. So if your sping coat on your horse is naturally quite light, feeding any of those things won't instantly turn them into a golden/dark colour.
unfortunately

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I would want to know that it definitely works!
With the price of nutmeg it could be an expensive exercise if you are feeding 1 tablespoon a day....
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Thanks guys! I've also heard paprika works, I'm thinking about giving that a try. How did that go for you keridwyn?

I will be happy if I could get him just one shade darker, my pali is so pale that sometimes he gets referred to as white which offends me greatly
There's some pretty impressive before and after shots on the American forums with horses fed paprika or nutmeg. But I guess it could be due to a variety of things (stabled with lights, winter coat vs summer coat etc). I might have to experiment myself with paprika and/or nutmeg and take some before & afters
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Paprika shows up in a particualr drug test, so beware if you do big shows!!
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Wink Paprika for the win!

I've been feeding my palli paprika for about a year or so, and i've noticed a big improvement on her summer coat this year. I've been refining what i feed her a bit, and i think i've got it down now.
She gets about a tablespoon of paprika, 3 or 4 carrots and a "scoop" of lucerne twice a day (plus 2 scoops of chaff) and whatever greenery is in the paddock.

The price of paprika is not too bad but its certainly not cheap, so i buy it in bulk from cash n carry. but the stuff in 500g or so jars from coles it fairly cheap too. And the carrots i feed her are just juicing ones so its $10 for a 20kg bag.

While she's still got her winter coat on her belly i'll post a photo of her on here for you to see the change in her coats. (when i get home that is )

As for what Lexie said about the paprika showing up in some tests, (and this is according to the internet) the amount of whatever the drug is in paprika is so small that you would have to be feeding your horse something like 500g per week for it to show up. which is significantly less than 14 tablespoons. But as with any info you find on the net, that has to be taken with a pinch of salt. And i don't compete, so it doesn't bother me in the slightest!!

But as i said before, anything that is naturally "orangey" will do the trick if you can get your horse to eat it. Mine didn't want to know about pumpkin, but loves sausages, gravy, coffee, anzac biccies, tea, chamomile tea, ANYTHING with flour in it, and all sorts of other things that she's not supposed to get into!!
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Horse Health Hotline • View topic - FIVE-Element Feeding ? The Pungent Flavor

just found this on the net (coz i have no work to do!!) thought you might find it interesting. Its not to do with colour, but its still about paprika/nutmeg.
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Talking Photos!!


taken at the beginning of this winter


close up of her shoulder about a week ago


close up of her flanks - I wish she was that deep a colour all over!


Showing her winter-white belly and her summer-"gold" shoulders and bum!
Apologies if they're too huge for people to see. i forgot to change my camera off the 10MP setting!!
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Thanks for the info keridwyn it was a good read Isn't your girl just gorgeous! She looks similar to my boy:



You can see he is quite light but he is still shedding out some of his winter coat.

With your girl, you can really see that lovely golden colour coming through on her shoulders and a nice shine too. I would like some of that too please!
How much lighter was her summer coat when she wasn't fed the paprika?

Thanks for the heads up Lexie, but like Keridwyn I don't show so it doesn't worry me
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