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  • Colors of the appaloosa
  • How old until appaloosas stop changing their color

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    10-23-2012, 02:03 PM
He's for sure Varnish roan, not true roan. Varnish roan affects different areas of the horse differently.
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    10-23-2012, 02:09 PM
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Well, I hope he doesn't turn all white! Let's go with that one. Keep the spots baby.
    10-23-2012, 02:09 PM
Horses are just awesome like that. This isn't an Appaloosa, but there's an Andalusian colt at the farm my boy is at who's greying out (I think from dark bay) and he's at a stage where he looks so beautifully roan I wish he'd stop. My BO is hoping that when he finishes he'll look like his mother, which she calls a "white bay" (she greyed out and is now almost pure white, somewhat fleabitten, and has black points).
    10-23-2012, 02:19 PM
He will not lose his spots Drifter, but he will more than likely end up white otherwise.
    10-23-2012, 02:21 PM
That's okay then. As long as I can still play connect-the-dots on him, we're good. ;) (Not that he isn't a sweetheart, I'd love him regardless.)
    10-23-2012, 02:46 PM
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If he completely whites out with the varnish, you'll have your self a nice little leopard, chances are there are more spots under that black just waiting to pop out!
    10-23-2012, 03:30 PM
Here are my Appaloosas. They are mother and son. Shadow is very old now and has the very short and ugly rat tail. I wish they both had more spots! I am just thankful Phar Lap didn't get the tail. :)
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    10-23-2012, 03:32 PM
And Phar Lap is more colorful when he is wet!
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    10-23-2012, 03:37 PM
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    10-23-2012, 05:22 PM
Originally Posted by Drifting    
Okay. I THINK He is a Black/Blue Roan with a blanket w/spots that starts at his withers. And Sabiano(?) is at work with his blue eye ,white socks, and the face white... I think. No yes?
What a beautiful and cute colt! I hope he did well with his recent surgery?
I think he is indeed a blue roan, a color term the differs for Appaloosas and Quarter Horses (different genes cause the roaning, a roan Appaloosa does not necessarily have the dark head as Quarter Horses do). The leopard spots do override the roaning, he will not lose them but quite the opposite - the body-roaning may fades and the spots get brighter.
I had a gelding - probably an Arabian-Appaloosa-Mix - who got brighter in his summer coat:



One thing about this coloring - it never gets boring and each hair change is going to be a new surprise

As for a sabino pattern - maybe, his feet markings are not very "clean" which can be a sign for sabino - as well as the blue eye. But it could be normal markings mixed with some freak Appaloosa gene, too, I have seen Quarter Horses with no sign of Sabino nowhere in their pedigree but partial or full blue eyes.
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