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post #1 of 9 Old 04-22-2012, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Blue Edges Around Pinto's Spots

What are these?

My horse is a tobiano and pretty standard looking. But, interestingly, her spots have a blue-ish boarder around them. It's clear enough that even non-horse people comment on it. Is there a name for it? I've only seen it on a handful of horses, so is it uncommon? Does it mean anything?

This horse off google images has it:

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post #2 of 9 Old 04-23-2012, 12:33 AM
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i'll bump the thread for you.

i'm not sure what its called, but i personally love it on paints. the two overo fillies my sister and i have, have it on their face markings, not has drastic as this. i think its just a paint thing, but i dont think its THAT common. but i love it :)

maybe its a sort of roaing pattern, the fillies have some roaning on their bodies, just not outlines. but it looks almost like roaning yes?

sorry just realized your horse is a 'pinto' so i'll say its a painted horse thing.

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I believe it's called a "halo", where the skin underneath the spot is pigmented beyond the white of a spot. Some paints have them, some don't.

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Halo is one of the correct terms, and the one I prefer. It is really common on tobiano. It's literally a halo of "roan" hairs around the colour - a mix of the colour and the white.
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It is also referred to as mapping as well.

Appaloosa's have it quite frequently around their spots as well.
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post #6 of 9 Old 04-23-2012, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by NdAppy View Post
It is also referred to as mapping as well.

Appaloosa's have it quite frequently around their spots as well.
Yup...with the lesser breeds it is called mapping. With Appys they are called halos. They are, after all, God's horse...
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post #7 of 9 Old 04-23-2012, 08:38 PM
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That they are! They just put up with us!
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I've always referred to it as mapping. It's not uncommon, I believe, but I definitely love it.
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I had a palomino paint with blue edges like was very odd,but kind of cool looking! Gorgeous boy BTW!
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