Originally Posted by 2manypets
He's very nice! Love those dapples, he's in full bloom! :) I think he's dark bay, it appears his legs, mane and tail are black, but it could just be the pic I guess.
The white flecking of hairs is probably just one of those things, my sorrel has it too.
Thanks. I love his dapples too. So pretty. His mane and tail are black but have red right at the end, but I can only see it if I look closely.
Originally Posted by Equilove
I had a thoroughbred mare with a dark bay coat and dapples in the lighter spots. My friend's blood-bay mares and her palomino mare get dapples in the summer when their coat sheds and they are shiny. I was told in some cases, it isn't actually a coat pattern per say, it just means they are healthy and have a healthy coat/skin.
He gets dapples in the winter too. I heard it was a sign of a healthy coat and skin too.
Originally Posted by To ride the sky
He is not a Smoky Black. He looks to me like a brown and what you are seeing are dapples which can be present in any coat color. A brown horse would have lighter hairs around the flank and muzzle. In order for a horse to be a Smoky Black he would have to have one copy of the creme gene (only certain breeds have this such as APHAs, QH, Morgans,etc...) I don't know what breed your guy is, he is very handsome by the way but I'm sure he's not a smoky black. Smoky black horses can appear black but if you look closely you can see that trademark smoky/burgundy color in their ears, around eyes and muzzle and in manes and tails even all year long even in winter. The rest of the year when they are shed out you can clearly see that smoky/burgundy hue throughout their black coat. As they mature it becomes more and more faint but it still noticible. See how the two in the middle have that smoky color? They are both adult Smoky blacks but you can still see that they are not black horses.
The first photo is of the horses at my farm and is a perfect example to answer your question. The first is a bay, Smoky black (My mare), Smoky Black, and Brown. The brown in the photo gets dapples like yours that look like that white hair roaning thing you were talking about. FYI the 'roaning' you were wondering about could be rabicano. But in your case looks like dapples to me.
The next photos are of my mare she is a registered Smoky Black APHA her Sire is a Bay Tobiano and Her Dam is a Double Dilute Smoky Cream.
The photo of the pregnant one with the wavy tail is her Dam
Isn't it all so interesting? I love color genetics! I still have so much to learn there are so many posibilities!
I really wish I knew what his sire looked like. I was told appaloosa but I know nothing about his colour or lineage. His dam is chestnut.
I'll have to update the thread with some new photos of him now he's fully shed out. There's so much white hair now, but again if I look from a distance it's hard to see, he just has clumps of it all over.
Colour genetics is very interesting, I never knew there was so much variety.