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    10-30-2011, 07:41 PM
horse of a different color

The bottom picture is approx 4 months ago when I first got my gelding.
The top picture is of my gelding today. Since it's "winter" he has essentially changed color.
Is this pretty normal?
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    10-30-2011, 07:48 PM
Green Broke
It could be a change in seasons or a change in diet. I know my haflinger gets darker in the winter and Rascal just can't make up his mind what shade of chestnut he is. He has gone from very pale almost looking like a dun to a dark liver but I think feed has an effect on his color.
    10-30-2011, 07:52 PM
I never thought about feed. He's in half training now and gets much more feed, beat pulp, senior, and supplements. When he came to me he was simply someone's backyard lawnmower. Haha!
    10-30-2011, 08:01 PM
My bay QH gelding goes from medium bay in the summer to almost black in the winter. I think it probably has to do with the seasons. If I can find a before and after picture I will post them. Your gelding is VERY handsome!
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    10-30-2011, 08:31 PM
Yes it is normal. My buckskin is buckskin in the summer and gray during the winter haha gorgeous horse ya got here tho
    10-30-2011, 08:38 PM
So when the season changes, how does it result in the color change? Is it because the winter coat is more dense?
    10-30-2011, 09:31 PM
Green Broke
Not sure what causes the difference with the season changes, but some go darker and some go lighter.

Here is another change you can see - which isn't seasonal. I believe its linked to nutrition. Both pics were taken in October - one in 2010 and one in 2011.

Oct 2010:

Oct 2011:
    10-30-2011, 10:02 PM
Here's Sage this summer:

And Sage a few weeks ago:
    10-30-2011, 10:34 PM
Ha! That's pretty rad!!!
    10-31-2011, 08:30 AM
Oxer - is you horse clipped in the recent picture as well? Also your guy looks to be a brown who sun fadded really bad and/or is now getting a much better diet that is improving his coat quality and color.

Cat - Rascal is just plain silly. Lol I really do think his color difference is nutrition linked.

SarahAnn - You guy is also a brown. Pretty typical for browns to go much darker in the winter.

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