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post #1 of 26 Old 02-18-2011, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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My horses ever changing coat.

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:
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:


it wasn't super noticeable, only mostly to me because i tend to look closer than everyone else:


Then winter came around and he got in his lovely shiny winter coat. all the white hair appeared to be gone:


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):


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?

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post #2 of 26 Old 02-18-2011, 10:20 PM
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He is pretty! Could he be a Smokey Black maybe? There was a horse I was going to go and look at and they said he was a smokey black, and in the winter was shiney black, and during the warmer times he turned almost chestnut.

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Thanks. He could be, his dam was chestnut i think and he does get very light in the summer.
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post #4 of 26 Old 02-18-2011, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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If he was smokey black would he have reddish tufts in his ears even as an adult? i just read that as foals smokey blacks are sometimes born with reddish tufts but it doesn't say if they retain them in adulthood.
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post #5 of 26 Old 02-18-2011, 10:45 PM
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Your horse is dark brown.

The white hairs that seem to come and go, well some horses get some white hairs.

My friend's horse, when he was about 12, developed large-ish oval white spots on his bay coat, about two inches long, scattered here and there.

The white areas were caused by onchocerca (parasites) that he picked up while in Florida; when the onchocerca went away the white spots went away.
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post #6 of 26 Old 02-19-2011, 12:10 PM
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Smoky Black is caused by the creme gene. Chestnut horses do not carry creme, so unless his other parent had creme, he would not be a smoky black.

Dapples can be a sign that the horse has a healthy, shiny coat. They can show up on any coat colour.
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I honestly don't know what colour his sire was.

I'm glad dapples show a healthy coat, if not for the mud he would be super shiny right now.
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He looks dark bay to me
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post #9 of 26 Old 02-21-2011, 08:13 PM
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That is one good looking horse you have there. I hope to be as lucky as you some day.
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post #10 of 26 Old 02-21-2011, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Serg5000 View Post
That is one good looking horse you have there. I hope to be as lucky as you some day.
Thank you, with him i have been very blessed.
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