What is the exact color and name of the markings on my Appaloosa? Nobody around here seems to know...He has changed color lots over the years so the color on his papers is not right anymore. Can someone help me please?
Spotted: Spotted is a coat pattern that can be combined with any colour. There are several distinct spotted patterns and each horse is unique. "Leopard Spot" is a white horse with evenly distributed coloured spots, "Near Leopard" is similar to Leopard Spot but with coloured head and legs, "Spotted Blanket" is mainly coloured with a white back and/or hindquarters within which there are coloured spots, "White Blanket" is mainly coloured with a white back and/or hindquarters without spots, "Snowflake" is coloured with white spots over the body, "Frosted Hip" or "Frosted Blanket" is coloured with white frosting or white spots over the loin and hips, "Marble" is coloured at birth but roans with age to almost white, "Few Spot" or "Few Spot Leopard" is white with just a few spots.
Spotted horses of various breeding are also sometimes referred to as Appaloosa, although Appaloosa is in fact a breed of horse with mustang origins.
I think he would either be a Spotted Blanket, or a Snowflake colour, Refering to this website and the following information listed.
^^ That would be my guess too. I believe he is probably a dark bay or maybe brown varnish roan with a blanket. If he was gray, the spots on his rump would be lighter like the rest of his body. And I don't think he is black due to the brownish coloring on his face and hind leg that we can see. It would really help also if we could get a pic of when he was younger just to see what exactly has changed on him.
No I don't have any pics of when he was younger I got him when he was 21. I do have one pic of him when he was 17ish and he had a lot more roan. I will put it up. I've tried to contact his breeder, but she has not been a member of the ApHC since 1994 and her contact info did not work.
Later on today I will check to see what the color on his papers say and show a picture of him in the winter....He really changes. I'm not sure if that would make a difference.