Just thought i'd share some pics of my horses ever changing coat colour and say how absolutely fascinated I am by it, I would love to learn more about how each coat colour comes about at a genetic level.
So when I bought Phoenix the vet wrote "brown" on the vet check.
This was him at 5 years old: phoenixatjoes.jpg
I'd say he was black and in the summer gets sun bleached, but i'm not entirely sure.
No more photos until he gets to 8/9 years old as my old pc ate them all. . :(
Last summer I noticed he was getting patches of roaning, which caused me to look a little more into coat colour and why it might be happening to him: DSCF0372.jpg
It wasn't super noticeable, only mostly to me because I tend to look closer than everyone else: DSCF0489.jpg
Then winter came around and he got in his lovely shiny winter coat. All the white hair appeared to be gone: 11.21.10.jpg
Now the weather has been warm for a few days and he's starting to shed a little bit and get his spring coat in i've noticed the white hair is already back and in much bigger chunks than before (please excuse the dandruff): DSCF0148.jpg
His winter coat isn't even gone yet and he's already got white, it's amazing! I'm really looking forward to when he sheds out completely so I can see how much it's changed from last year. One of the other boarders asked me the other day if he has a dapple pattern, and if you look from a certain angle it looks like he does. Is it normal for a black (or whatever colour he is in this photo) horse to have this kind of coat pattern? DSCF0145.jpg