Okay, my magical color changing pony is just throwing me for a loop *lol*
Since I have not had her for a full year (I got her in September) I'm not yet familiar with her coat processes. Now that she's shed most the way out, almost all the "sooty" markings she had earlier in her shed, across her shoulder and rump, have disappeared. She'd now finishing out to how she appeared to me last year.
Maybe a little more info is in order. She was sold to me as a palomino haflinger. *lol* The fact that palomino haflinger is impossible aside - she is clearly not a haffy at all, not even part haffy as far as I can see. My vet believes her to be a section A welsh, though without any parentage to test to there is no way to confirm. I had also questioned last year whether she was even palomino, and not instead a very light flaxen chestnut, she really seems too dark a shade to be palomino. But as her winter coat grew in, she was a very light, almost buttermilky-white with orangey highlights in her long coat, and I forgot until now just how dark she is in her summer coat.
All the dapples are disappearing as her coat comes out (a few are still vaguely visible, but that's all where she hasn't finished shedding). Now that the coat on her legs has come out, she's gone back to the silvery gray markings on her legs, instead of the darker brown she had a few weeks back. The "roots" of her mane remain dark - they have always been that way.
So, I'm starting to move away from "sooty palomino" for her, because I'm not convinced she is even palomino. I'd be more inclined towards a mealy chestnut, but she doesn't really resemble that either. I looked up some more pictures of "silver dapple" that RoyalsRebel mentioned, but that seems to be a different coloration than "silver bay" (I thought they were the same). She doesn't have any real black/gray markings aside from the gray on her legs, so I don't think that's it. The silver bay seems to fit in general, but all the pictures I am finding are far darker shades than she is.
She's an enigma! It doesn't really matter of course outside my own curiosity. But I'm one of those people that has to know once I start wondering about something. So what do you think? Mealy Chestnut? Sooty Palomino? Silver Dapple? Silver Bay? Or something else entirely? I should just get her tested. *lol*
Again, my camera sucks for getting colors accurately, I apologize. I hope this gives you the general idea though.