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post #1 of 15 Old 09-09-2012, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Changing colors?

My mare recently has been changing colors and getting super dark. Now instead of a plain jane chestnut she looks like a liver chestnut. She has a teeny coat starting to grow but I feel like she just changed all of a sudden, and when I got her back in March she still had a HEAVY winter coat which was nothing like the color she is now.

First picture is taken in March (when i first got her & after a bath)
Second is a few weeks ago
Third at a show last week
Fourth was taken today after our lesson (which is why she looks so sweaty)
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post #2 of 15 Old 09-09-2012, 09:21 PM
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Health and diet has a LOT to do with how a colour will express on a horse. So when horses change owners, it is common for them to change colour to a lesser or greater degree also.

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post #3 of 15 Old 09-09-2012, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Well the first picture she was in bad shape. But nothing has changed drastically recently so I'm not sure as to why her color is getting so dark.
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post #4 of 15 Old 09-09-2012, 09:34 PM
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That will be seasonal change. What I meant was that you didn't see this season's true coat last year as she was not in tiptop shape, but you will this year as she is.

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post #5 of 15 Old 09-09-2012, 10:23 PM
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I agree with Chiilaa.

Some horses also just change quite a bit over the year. Mine changes noticeably over the year, for example: Seasonal Color Change Right now she's dappling, which she only does in the fall and winter. No diet or living arrangement change, just how she is.

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post #6 of 15 Old 09-09-2012, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks poseidon! I figured it was a seasonal thing just didn't know if there was a real problem with her getting so dark so quick.
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I have a liver chestnut here that is doing the same thing. She's starting to get darker.

My brown mare that was super sunbleached, is now getting darker too.

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post #8 of 15 Old 09-09-2012, 10:49 PM
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Wow that's a really dramatic change!!! Pretty though :)
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post #9 of 15 Old 09-12-2012, 05:33 PM
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Totally different horse! She looks fantastic now. :)
Looks like a real sweetheart too!

I'm so curious though. What happened to her?

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She's probably just receiving better nutrition now. :)

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