Your ANTA editor recently received a semi-anonymous communication more or less asking the above question. Why the correspondent thought I would need to even think about darkening my horse's coat is subject to conjecture particularly since it has been nearly 20 years since I've owned a horse but I Googled and DogPiled and came up with the answer that some people do feed horses paprika to darken their coats and it is one of the main ingredients in coat enhancers such as Black Knight and Blackenall. The correct answer is, apparently, that you should feed an average of three tablespoons per day per 1200 pounds or so.
In answer to my question, "Why should I care how much paprika to feed a horse when I don't have a horse any more?" my mysterious correspondent whispered "Norfolks".
ANTA in no way endorses experimentation with supplements, potions, extracts, or anything else that could be hazardous and we always recommend checking with your veterinarian before venturing into uncharted territory however it looks like a pinch of paprika might go a long way.
For those of you who are proficient at math if a 1200 pound horse gets three tablespoons of Paprika how many grains of this spice are appropriate for a 12 pound Norfolk?
ANTIC, September, 2006
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