Which is harder to keep show ready? Gray or Black with Chrome?
After having both, I've decided black with chrome is higher maintenance. With gray all you have to do it keep a sheet on it so it doesn't get dirty and use a buttload of bluing shampoo on a regular basis. With black, you have to worry about fading. So sheet with a neck cover, turning out at night only in the summer, braiding up the tail so the ends don't get red and putting on a fly mask to keep the face dark and forelock from turning red also. Rinsing off any sweat daily to prevent the salt from fading the coat. I wash once per week using blackening shampoo and then try to brighten up the chrome after the darkening shampoo got on it. Black with chrome is BEAUTIFUL but a huge pain the hiney. Commiseration necessary; please share.
oh yes most definately black is harder. Not only the upkeep to keep them black all over but the attempt to keep them dust free at the show! You can't use any greasy or wet shine products as the dust will immediately adhere to their coat! Ugh to black horses. I don't know how Freisian peeps can stand all that black! Give me a dark bay with black points and no white socks any day.
I always thought black horses were the hardest to keep clean.
Even after brushing to a shine, if you run your hand around, it shows more than in other horses.
this^..when i had my black morgan stallion..no matter how much you groomed him,he would still look dusty,dirty...i never had a fading problem and he was never blanketed and was out 24/7(with a shelter of course).
but to answer your question to OP i find my grey is no more or less maintence then my previous black horse.
I don't really know or care. All I know is that after nine years of having my grey (and hopefully nine more!), I am thoroughly enjoying the heck outta my new bay mare!
A quick session with a stiff brush and she is good to go, shiny and dapplely and gorgeous. (I generally ignore her four white socks. ) Then I go drag my grey outta the field, and he's covered in grass stains, poop stains, his tail is all yellowed..... -sigh-
I have both a black horse and a grey horse. My black one does not have any white on him at all, except for a tiny bit on his forehead and nose. I'd say black is harder to keep clean just because it shows all the dust clearly, especially in the winter when they have long hair. I don't worry about him fading so much though. He goes out during the day whenever he wants (He has a run), and I use a fly sheet with UV protection that is doing a better job than last year's fly sheet. Other than that his neck never fades and his face never does. Only a little bit around his ears, but I don't care about that.
I've never had to give my grey guy a bath because it was too cold when I got him and he's off at training now. I'm sure it wouldn't be too bad keeping him clean though because a bath to get the yellow/brown stains out and a fly sheet on top would probably be good enough.
Last edited by NBChoice; May. 30, 2012 at 12:50 PM.
Reason: Made "brown" into "brain" stains. :D