To tell you the truth, names for colors have changed so much during my life that it's hard to keep up. Especially when they started testing for certain colors and patterns. You can look up what the Appaloosa registry is currently calling this color, but the spotted horse is an ancient color. This is a nice mare.
She looks to be a varnish roan. Posted via Mobile Device
I'm curious where you see the varnish or the roan? I am not disagreeing, I just don't see it. I may need to have things be obvious and not see subtle colors. I'm thinking bay (maybe) with spots.
I think of roan as being more widespread and uniform. The varnish marks I am familiar with are more facial.
The best example I can offer is my mare;
Looking at the pic, I wonder if the darker spots elsewhere are also varnish marks. But my mare also shows that I am use to very distinct colors, nothing subtle!
Varnish often progresses as the horse ages and based on the individual. And varnish roan is one word, one thing. There is roaning throughout her coat and especially behind the ears and on her cheeks. Varnishes typically start out more or less solid an get more 'white' and 'roan' as they go, almost like a grey in that matter. Posted via Mobile Device
Bay varnish with lace blanket over the hips with spots. That's about as much a description you can get really. The varnish may or may progress more. Some horses stay pretty minimally varnished and some go to the extreme pretty quickly. Similar to grey, there is no predicting how quickly or slowly a horse will change color.
However, if you add grey to varnish it tends to sped up the process turning a horse "white" within a very, very short time from birth.