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post #11 of 27 Old 10-31-2011, 09:20 AM
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What NDAppy said.

No, seriously. My bay is going that funny mushroom colour at the moment. In the middle of clipping. Although I strongly suspect he may be brown, his muzzle is much lighter than the rest of his coat in the winter.

I do think your fellow looks clipped, OP. That's a pretty standard colour for them to go when you clip them. Some bays go mushroom, some go pale gold, still others go orange. My bay went pale when I clipped him in the winter and, in the middle of a tidy-up practice clip, he is now going mushroom in the summer! (he is bright red-bay and he lives on darkening feeds; I did make a change - added sunflower seeds - but some horses just go a different colour every clip)

My buckskin went white in her pale areas and paler in her dark areas. Mum's palomino goes white. Every chestnut I ever saw goes orange OR a really ugly silvery colour. And I have seen blacks clipped, they go a kind of dark grey or they go mushroom. Only greys stay the same colour when you clip them.
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post #12 of 27 Old 10-31-2011, 10:13 AM
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Abby's body color turns close to sorrel in the winter. The pictures I have don't show it nearly as different as it is in person because the first is in an arena and the second is in direct sunlight with snow, but you can still see she gets really odd colored.

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The oh-so rare orange buckskin! Even rarer is that she's a Paint/Grizzly Bear cross.
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post #13 of 27 Old 10-31-2011, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, I believe our groom clipped him this past week. I had assumed that he would be the same color, just less the hair when he was clipped!! Although he had also been getting darker as the winter neared.

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post #14 of 27 Old 10-31-2011, 09:43 PM
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well I heard from an old cowboy once that they get darker during the winter to attract the sun to get warmth and lighter during the summmer to do the opposite
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post #15 of 27 Old 10-31-2011, 09:52 PM
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Quite normal. Cinny is the blackest jet black there is, in the winter. In the summer he sometimes gets as light as a medium bay. I used to give him a supplement to keep him dark (black as knight) that worked pretty well but it can be a little pricey so now I just ad Paprika to his feed, which is what those supplements have to keep them dark :)
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post #16 of 27 Old 10-31-2011, 10:21 PM
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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.
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my Qh does this too right now he's pretty with a blackish face, and dark with a fuzzy coat!
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post #17 of 27 Old 11-02-2011, 09:33 PM
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Quite the opposite for my grey! She was darker before she got her winter coat. Now that her winter coat has grown in, she is really light.
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post #18 of 27 Old 11-02-2011, 10:33 PM
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my Qh does this too right now he's pretty with a blackish face, and dark with a fuzzy coat!
I love the fuzzy coats! They're so soft and snuggly!
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post #19 of 27 Old 11-03-2011, 04:27 AM
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Quite the opposite for my grey! She was darker before she got her winter coat. Now that her winter coat has grown in, she is really light.
Yeah greys do that. They get progressively lighter with each change of coat. If they end up fleabitten they actually can get more spots as they get older but otherwise every grey will eventually end up white.
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post #20 of 27 Old 11-03-2011, 02:59 PM
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I love the fuzzy coats! They're so soft and snuggly!
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I know I hate the winter months (cold, blizzered, sun goes down early) but I love riding bareback and just cuddling to their backs.
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