I feel like this topic has come up quite a bit lately or at least be an influence in skewing the colors of queries that have been posted over the last few months. Sooo since I was having my own little photoshoot today, I decided this might be beneficial for everyone, starring my own mare Abby. She is an 8 year old buckskin SPB Paint.
Typical summer coat from last July and September 2010, respectively. Fairly bright gold.
Fall coat. Getting darker. Somewhat orangey.
Winter. Suddenly becomes part grizzly bear. And this picture does not do justice to the shade of orange this horse turns. Once I did not recognize her in her stall because I only saw her back and thought it was a sorrel horse.
Spring during shedding. I have already brushed out a lot of her winter coat, so this is lighter than she was a couple weeks ago. She sheds out sooty-looking. Looks absolutely filthy, but it is dark brown hairs all over her back, neck, jaw, and butt.
The dark hairs lighten up/shed out and we start the process over again. I hope this example shows how much a coat can change over the course of a year.